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" Damavand "

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Copyright: Saeed Hasanabbasi (saeedabbasi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 4 N: 546] (5100)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2010-05-02
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, 17-85 MM USM, Hama UV 390 (O-Haze) 67mm
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/2000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-21 9:57
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi my dear friends,


A dormant volcano with a narrow summit. Location Alborz Mountains, Iran. Height 5671.
Mount Damāvand has its own special place in Iranian mythology and folklore. In Zoroastrian texts and mythology, the three-headed dragon Aži Dahāka was chained within Mount Damāvand, there to remain until the end of the world. In a later version of the same legend, the tyrant Zahhāk was also chained on some cave in mount Damāvand after being defeated by Kāveh and Fereydūn. Damāvand is also significant to the patriotic Iranian legend of Arash.
Damāvand was climbed by Iranians thousands of years ago, by shepherds and such.
The great tenth-century Iranian poet, Firdausi, relates in his epic “Shahnama” how the tyrant Zohak is overthrown by the young Feridun and imprisoned in chains to die in a cavern on the slops of Damavand.

A Glance
Name: Damavand
Other name(s): Donbavand
Altitude (m): 5671
Longitude: 52° 6' E
Latitude: 35° 56' N
Range/Region: Middle Alborz
Province: Mazandaran
Nearest major town: Larijan
Distance from Tehran (km): 66
Adjacent peak(s): Vararoo , Sesang , Golezard , Mianrood
Special notes: An inactive Volcano, which is the highest peak in Middle East and West Asia

Hope you like it.
Kind regards

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-07-21 10:05]

Salam Saeed,
Unusual composition of a landscape ...
Black-white snowy hills and far away, a beautiful landscape
Best wishes,

Hallo Saeed,
a very beautiful B&W mountainscape, i like this great contrast, a very pleasing graphic composition with splendid clouds.
Best regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-07-21 11:20]

Hello Saeed,
Wonderful landscape in B&W. I like the contrasts very much. A masterpiece.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-07-22 21:37]

Hi, dear friend.
Once more art picture from you. I like it a lot. Pictured scene is fantastic and selected colour palette is great and underlines its features. Bravo.

Dear Saeed,
Congratulations on your 2,500th critique received!! this is quite a mile stone!

You mention in your great notes 'hope you like it'; I do not LIKE it I LOVE it and add it to my favorites.

As a matter of interest, please let me know -when you have the time - where you where, when you took this photo? in a hot-air balloon?

The unusual black-white treatment of this interesting image reminds me the surrealistic scenes in Paris in the sixties. (I have photos of black lava hills like that in Antarctica.)

The unusual cloud formation on the right is definitely sci-fi!

A brilliant photo, and I am ever so pleased to be able to see it on TrekNature. Thank you.

Have a nice evening and a good week,
Kind regards

Hi Saeed,
Beautiful landscape, quite effective desaturation. The cloud formation on the right is something amazing... as the whole land, of course. Also thanx for sharing the Iranian legends in your note.
Friendly regards, László

Hallo Saeed
The view in front of me is sheer magic, and the black and white style of photography adds to the speciality of this image. It also have a moody feeling that surrounds it and looking at this scene, makes me appreciate the natural light and sunshine we have so regularly. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-08-23 5:03]

Salam Saeed,
Though I am not a B&W fan, this is an amazing shot showing a fine view of the Alborz Mountains. The patterns are set in a beautiful composition, the effect being like an old japanese print.
A fine piece of photographic artistry!
Thanks and kind regards to you,

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2010-09-02 23:32]

Dear Saeed

When I look at your picture I can easily imagine that this superb region is the subject of legends and mythology. The mystic aspect is perfectly well reflected in your picture and the the blach&white conversion is a subtle choice to highlight this impression. To express it with simple words: your picture is magnificent!

Kind regards


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-10-01 6:05]

Salam Saeed,
really an outstanding beauty and superb view in artistic presentation.
The texture is so lively and very dramatic.


Hello Saeed,
spectacular air view of Damavand and its neighbouring peaks still covered by snow in a mesmering kind of diffuse light. By reducing the colours to black and white you have created a very intense and unique classical image. The unusually flattened shape of clouds, one of them eactly sitting on top of the main peak, is another very interesting detail here.
Thank you! With best regards,

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  • Bass Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 173 W: 0 N: 233] (974)
  • [2013-12-23 16:54]

Hi Saeed,
I just fall in love with those mountains. That volcano with the cloud over the peak seems a sleept volcano from here; we used to say that when it´s that cloud over the peak, bad weather is comming... it´s there something like that?
About your pic: just amazing composition. The B&W makes the range and the mountain quite mysterious and magnificent. Very well done, compliments. Thanks for sharing this beauty. Kind regards

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