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Best Of 2011

(December 16th – 31st, 2011)

Edward Huff


Martin Hrdlička

Evening View Above the "Studenec" Lookout Tower

Studenec Hill, Southern Czech Republic

September 28, 2011, 17:48

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Studenec Hill ( 736m ) is situated in Lužické hory near the border with Czech Switzerland. Czech Switzerland is a picturesque region in the northwestern Czech Republic.

The adjacent hilly region to the northwest is called the Lusatian Highlands (Lužické hory).

The Studenec tower was build in 1888 and completely renovated in 2008. All is from the original iron, only some parts, mainly on the bottom of the tower, were replaced.

Lookout towers are very popular in the Czech Republic and they are mostly used for enjoying the view into the country.

Here is the Czech page about our lookout towers (Google English translation).
More on http://www.virtualniceskokamenicko.cz or here http://www.virtualczech.cz

Stand 8m, bracketed shots - 90xRAW, Enfused, Photomatixed, layered in Photoshop
Behind the scene : how this panorama was made
The real adventure started on the foot of the hill where we were able to carry all our stuff by a SUV.

The path with big stones was sometimes very steep and dangerous.

Our stand and a camera 8m above the lookout tower were moved by a strong wind.

There were very low amount of light and the sunset was much quicker then whenever before.

Stitching, enblending, enfusing, retouching was than only a piece de resistance.

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