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Mt. Khermon, 24km zoom from the balloon

Mt. Khermon, 24km zoom from the balloon
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Copyright: Ike Harel (ikeharel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11428 W: 625 N: 21457] (92394)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-11-01
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 60D, Canon EF 28-135mm IS USM
Exposure: f/10.0, 30 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2018-01-09 23:10
Viewed: 607
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Mount Hermon (pronounces Kher-mon) is the highest summit in Israel, also the most northern point, with exceptional view over the area. It is also an observation point towards Syria, the southern part of Lebanon and of course all the Golan-Heights & Galilie region. During winters it is the only ski location in our country. Upon this summit at 2236m elevation, we clearly see this military observation point and the Druze town of Majdal-Shams on the slope (Majdal is a Tower and Shams translates to Sun, in arabic).
The heighest spot of Mt. Hermon is about 14km into the Syrian area at 2814m, not seen here (source from Wikipedia).
This picture taken from the balloon cord-connected flight up to 120m above and near our hotel. Despite the morning mist, wind prevailing and constantly tilted the balloon, managed a full zoom towards the mountain, which is at 33.3, 35.76 on the map.

For a wider perspective, one WS picture from 24km distance towards same direction from the balloon.

Cropped part of the upper part, RAW, F10.0, ISO100.


COSTANTINO, pajaran, papagolf21, ChrisJ, Cricri, holmertz, Fis2, snunney, pierrefonds, jhm, danos, Royaldevon, mcmtanyel, adramad, macjake, PaulVDV has marked this note useful
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Hi Ike,
Nice view with this landscape taken from the balloon, even the weather was a bit misty, pleasant warm colors, an impressive trip and interesting fly, tfs.

Hello dear friend and have a nice time
and a happy evening
this photo is dedicated to the
Nature only mountains here
a great landscape with is history

Ciao Ike
Bel paesaggio, molto diverso dai miei e per questo molto interessante.
È bello vedere il mondo tramite le foto di amici lontani.

Dobar dan.
Lep pogled iz balona, interesantan tekst ...
Dobar rad sa lepom fotografijom u radionici, lepo pokazana planina i arhitektura, dobra perspektiva i kontrast, lepe boje. Lepa priroda.
Zelim vam lep dan, sve najbolje.

Good day.
A beautiful balloon look, interesting text ...
Good work with nice photo in the workshop, beautifully shown mountain and architecture, good perspective and contrast, beautiful colors. Beautiful nature.
I wish you a nice day, all the best.

Hello dear Ike,
A birdseye view of this interesting landscape.
Allthough been taken from a long distance still very good sharpness and nice soft colors.
TFS and best regards

Hello Ike,
Nice minimalist scene with the hills. Quite picturesque and attractive colors and textures. Well taken.


Bonjour, cher Ike,
Ces photographies réalisées depuis le ballon sont superbes et donnent une idée de l'environnement et de la topographie générale.
C'est vraiment impressionnant. Merci pour la note d'accompagnement également.

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14583 W: 1049 N: 29638] (139709)
  • [2018-01-10 1:40]

Hi Ike,

I saw on the news that there was a balloon accident at Luxor in Egypt. Authorities should have enforced a ban on flights if it was too windy. It's well worth doing under safer conditions like here. Well composed with good sharpness. Tfs!

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15842 W: 159 N: 27678] (145320)
  • [2018-01-10 1:54]

Hola Ike
Fantastique vue depuis le ballon, jolie teinte du paysage, belle complémentaire en WS
Très belle réalisation
Belle journée

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12031 W: 126 N: 21762] (111179)
  • [2018-01-10 2:18]

Hi Ike,with or without zoom,the view is always amazing. Perfect quality of the close up on the mount,very sharp despite the distance,and lovelu full view too in the WS,another great post from your balloon trip! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Ike,
The light mist and the low light have had quite an artistic effect on this photo of mainly hills. The colours are beautifully mild and the whole photo has a kind of softness that I find very appealing.
Kind regards,

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9986 W: 157 N: 16407] (127643)
  • [2018-01-10 2:52]

Witaj Ike!
Wonderful view.
Landscape makes impression.
Good frame and delicate colors.
Well done.
Nice day.

Hello Ike,
You have made good use of your zoom lens to encapsulate this fascinating landscape. The military post sat under the little puffy cloud makes a good focal point. Agreeable warm lights and colours.

Ciao Ike, fantastic landscape from balloon, wonderful warm colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14188 W: 0 N: 16220] (172860)
  • [2018-01-10 4:32]


quel décor et paysage merveilleux avec ces tache plus sombres en premier plan et quelle couleur dorée et cette montagne cette vallée en fond avec la ville et cette végétation deux tons qui recouvre le tout sueprbe.
bravo et amitié

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9396 W: 57 N: 15965] (59110)
  • [2018-01-10 4:36]

Hello Ike,
Great view of this landscape with the gentle slopes in the foreground and the higher mountains further away. The warm light is very pleasant too and I like the combination with the haze. Very well captured.

Hi Ike,

You had a good perspective from the hot air balloon. The point of view is showing the details of the Mount Khermon through the haze. The light is giving nice tints to the colors. Have a nice day.


Hello Ike,

the view from the balloon is impressive, I like the mountains shape and the colors of the landscape, well seen,

Best regards,


Bonjour Ike,

Le zoom a beaucoup d'avantages. Surtout qu'il rend presque inutile de sortir de sa chambre pour prendre des photos. Ici , je me demande si c'est de la pollution ou de l'humidité dans l'air.



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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24743 W: 523 N: 41602] (178592)
  • [2018-01-10 9:01]

Hello Ike,

In difficult circumstances with the balloon, but still a very nice panorama about the area .
Perfect captured, nice nature picture, a lovely composition.
Very well done, TFS.

Have a nice day,

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13701 W: 295 N: 27478] (110395)
  • [2018-01-10 11:21]

Hello Ike,
nice the panoramic view of this rocky place taken from the hot air ballon.A good presentation from the place.


Hi Ike,
I suppose it is not really permitted to hike the mountain with a military base and the summit being behind the Syrian border... It is incredible how close you have to live to war zones. Quite scary when you think about it. In Poland we border with Ukraine which is still in the state of war with Russia, and I visited Ukraine last year since the war is concentrated in certain areas.

Interesting romantic view of the mountain,
Great reportage,

Well, the balloon ride must be fantastic, and the ample plains here were great to see as well. Good work, congratulations!

Hello Ike,

From such an unstable viewpoint, you achieved a fine shot!
I was interested to read your notes about ski-ing here in winter because my mind immediately wondered if snow fell on this mountain.
At this time, the weather looks warm and pleasant from the golden and ochre hues that predominate.
The f/g slope makes a good separation line for the purpose of composition.

Have a lovely day,
Bev :-)

Hello Ike,
Nice view of Mt. Hermon, I'd love to see a snowy photo of the mountain.

Hello, Ike.
Sensational this wide view on Mount Hermon and its slopes, where we can see some populations, an area that seems extremely arid.
Good perspective of the image, very pleasing to the eye.
Very good composition, magnificent presentation.
Have a good weekend.
Warm greetings.

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10458 W: 146 N: 26258] (126563)
  • [2018-01-13 23:33]

Hello Ike, Nowe it looks really like taken from the balloon. Wonderful view from above. Splendid landscape picture. Nice view of the villages. Impressive view, nice warm colours. Excellent composition. Must be fun to sit in balloon cord-connected. The same view all the time but not danger it will fly away to far. (To Syria, for example).

Kind regrads Malgo

Hi Ike
and once again, I never thought about skiing in Israel, but I guess it can happen at high elevations. I wonder if locals are able to hike to the top, if there are trails or not.
always good to see new and different places around the world, this is included in that. Good to see the WS as well.

Hello Ike,
Was it easy to take pictures in the balloon? Can you compare with taking pictures in a riding train or bus? Or not at all?
While the photo in the WS shows a flat valley with lots of fields, on the main picture we get to see a rougher landscape. The warm colours make the view attractive.
Best regards, Paul

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