The Koktebel region of Crimea is noted for its natural beauty and has long been a favored vacation spot for Russian intellectuals, most notably poet, painter and philosopher Maximilian Voloshin (1877-1932). The mountains and constant sea breezes also make this a very popular area for paragliding.
Crimea – Photo Tip

Always be prepared for unexpected opportunities

Photo by Yevgen Timashov

Crimea – Photo Tip Always be prepared for unexpected opportunities

My favorite places for landscape photography are mountains as they offer the right atmosphere for strong, emotional images. I visited the Koktebel region in Crimea.

Yevgen Timashov
Yevgen Timashov

I was walking in the Koktebel hills in Crimea when I saw this view. The fascinating peak in the background is called Otlu-Kaya (Holy Mountain) and, for me, this image really captures the spirit of Crimea.

It was in exactly such landscapes that ancient battles took place, and such sunsets that fell in mournful silence over the many battlefields of the peninsula. I love this place and enjoy the atmosphere conjured up by this image so much.

The photo of the Black Sea is a classic example of an absolutely spontaneous photo. My attention was attracted by the amusing cloud and I made a shot. Then the small ship came into the frame and I suddenly had an image with a story. I love such unexpected photographs.

For landscape photography, I use three lenses: Nikkor 16-35/4, Nikkor 50/1,8, Nikkor 80-200/2,8. I do not use wide angle primes because a zoom gives me more control.

If I need to make the background stronger, for example, I can change quickly zoom in a little and take one or two steps back without changing lenses. I also use a strong tripod which can resist winds and fast streams.

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The top of Ai-Petri offers breathtaking views of the Black Sea coast, perhaps including sights such as this dramatic cloud formation. The Black Sea is named for its storms and in legend was where Jason and the Argonauts sailed to find the Golden Fleece in what is now Georgia. Photo by Yevgen Timashov / Alamy

Yevgen Timashov

Yevgen Timashov

Nikon D800

Agency
Alamy
Aperture
ƒ/8
Exposure
1/60
ISO
100
Focal
24 mm

The top of Ai-Petri offers breathtaking views of the Black Sea coast, perhaps including sights such as this dramatic cloud formation. The Black Sea is named for its storms and in legend was where Jason and the Argonauts sailed to find the Golden Fleece in what is now Georgia.

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