I got tagged for one of those, "I want back-links so I'll invent a meme" things. Oh ok, without the cynicism this time :) "Your Favorite Photo & Why". Favorite anythings are impossible so I've picked an arbitary photo, which I do like a lot however.
I spent three weeks in the Italian Alps (The Dolomiti) back in 2000 (it doesn't sound that long ago but it was 10 years now!). I was invited over by an Italian friend (whom I've grr'ishly not spoken to in years; must rectify that!). We got to know each other over our mutual admiration for Martina Ertl, a German Alpine Skier. To say the Dolomites are amazing is to put it lightly. The whole place was complete visual-sensual shock. Even using ones eyes with stereo-vision, grasping notions of scale became a farce. At times it was impossible to judge, or indeed, comprehend the scale of mountain ranges and distances. To look across, and see clouds at eye level casting perfect silhouettes of themselves on the ground hundreds of feet below; totally fantastic!
A few technical details (as best I can remember): Shot using an Olympus OM-2n on Kodak 100ISO film with a Tamron 28-200mm lens. I've left the quality of the photo untouched (levels, sharpening, dust marks etc.), as it was scanned 10 years ago; I think it adds to the overall surreal quality which can be found there. Oh and the title of the post: "Marmolada", that's the name of the peak in the middle of the pic. It has a permanent glacier attached to it, or it did at least. Even when I was there the locals were worried at the rate it was retreating every summer.
Links [Sticky Fingers photo-meme via Coastal Aussie]
Posted at 15:03