Moonlight on the First Bend of the Yangtze River

January 27, 2014

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January 2014 Viewer's Choice Photographer: Jeff Dai; Jeff's Web site
Summary Author: Jeff Dai

The panorama above shows moonlight illuminating a sharp meander on the Yangtze River. Known as the Mother River of China, it's the third longest river on earth. From its source on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, it surges southeastward until encountering the Hengduan Mountain Range (at center). This extraordinary obstruction forces the Yangtze to make a sudden, nearly 180 degree turn: the First Bend of the Yangtze River.

The Big Dipper lies above the Hengduan Range. The North Star (Polaris) is at upper left center. At far left is Cassiopeia. Photo taken on December 22, 2013.

Photo details: EOS 5D Mark II camera; Nikkor 14-24mm lens; f/2.8G; 14mm; ISO 1250; f/4; 30 second exposure; 4 photo panorama; Software: Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Windows).