16mm, f/8, 1/500s, ISO250
The Gorilla Highlands region is, as the name suggests, characterised by its rather hilly topography. This is one of my favourite landscape photos from there, taken at around 4,000 meters/ 13,100 ft above sea level during an exhausting hike up Mt Kirisimbi. Miha joined me shortly afterwards, while Izy was wise enough to remain at the overnight camp.
The reason I had insisted on leaving so early was to find somewhere to photograph the sunrise. That didn’t quite work out, but I found this spot not much later. I’m not entirely sure why I like this image so much, but part of it is that it shows the beauty of the Virunga volcanoes in an unconventional way. The view is visible, but not the main focus. A wide angle (16mm) instead puts brings the viewer’s attention to the foreground, the mountain’s very particular flora, beautifully lit by the rising sun. The position of the sun itself pays approximate homage to the so-called rule of thirds (divide the photo with two horizontal and two vertical lines; the four meeting points are roughly where you want your most important subjects to be).
Until next week!
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