Stars Valley on Qeshm Island, Iran

May 12, 2012

Stars Valley on Qeshm Island, Iran

Photographer
: Mehdi Najafi Ziyazi 
Summary Author: Mehdi Najafi Ziyazi 

The photo above shows the deeply eroded Stars Valley on Qeshm Island, Iran. This badlands area was carved out by wind and rain during the Pleistocene Epoch, approximately 2 million years ago. In places, the canyon is 50 ft (15 m) below the surface of the plateau it has eroded from and is adorned with oddly shaped arches, columns and passageways. It's name seems to be derived from the legend that it was formed from a falling star (meteor). For scale, note the people standing on the plateau at lower left and within the canyon at lower center. Photo taken on March 21, 2012.

Photo details: Camera Model: Canon EOS 60D; Lens Model: EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM; Focal Length: 22mm; F Number: f/9; ISO Speed Ratings: 500; White Balance: Manual; Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode; Metering Mode: Pattern; Exposure Program: Manual; Exposure Time: 1/500; Software: Adobe Photoshop CS5 Macintosh.