Encore - Moonlight on the First Bend of the Yangtze River

October 19, 2019

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Photographer: Jeff Dai
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).