With its sparkling limestone peak and its jagged “teeth,” Ai-Petri is among the most spectacular mountains in Crimea. Made of the weathered remains of a huge coral reef formed millions of years ago, when this area was under the sea, the limestone here is exceptionally dense - hence its longevity. The photograph was taken on assignment for @natgeo before the Russian-Ukrainian conflict over the Crimean territory.
The photograph also appears in my book Minus 2/3, in which I reveal the secrets behind my flash photography, like here: “Throughout the exposure of more than a minute, my assistant and I popped strobes manually towards the peak from various directions, thereby illuminating the mountain evenly, just enough for it to emerge from the shadows. Lighting a mountain that far away with just two handheld strobes – this is how far technology has advanced!” #Crimea #Russia #Ukraine #AiPetri #flashphotography #landscape #longexposure #nightphotography