From Estonia with love (Round the World)

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by tsiklonaut, Jun 30, 2009.

  1. edgeoftheworld

    edgeoftheworld Been here awhile

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    Totally agree. There are a lot of great photos on advrider but these are in a class by themselves. Really stunning.
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  2. pzvt

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    Agreed. These are art. The time it takes, the devotion at each step sets you apart. Thanks for taking us along!
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  3. Uke

    Uke visualist Super Supporter

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    Above and beyond the high level of image quality there is the story that Margus and Kariina bring to many (most) who never would see these remarkable scenes or fascinating people given their remote locations.

    I see a second volume of "From Estonia With Love" in the making.

    EDIT: I hate typing in a computer with autocorrect, I've known the correct spelling of K A R I I N A 's name for about 10 years now. I just can't convince this MacBook Pro to cooperate.

    Total respect for both of you!
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  4. ricochetrider

    ricochetrider MotoMojo

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    100% agreed, extraordinary stuff here!
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  5. tsiklonaut

    tsiklonaut the (in)famous boxer perv

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    Finding that elusive Tajik observatory hidden deep in the Pamirs.










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    After lots of searching and struggle I pinned it at the top of 4300 meter peak, but I was on top of another mountain.
    The scales do no justice, there was a huge valley inbetween that I couldn't cross. But at least I got to eyeball that Pamir Observatory we searched so hard for.










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    Back on the main road again, heading towards north but the weather turned bad quickly.
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  6. tsiklonaut

    tsiklonaut the (in)famous boxer perv

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    Thank you guys for such an overwhelming compliments!

    I am really glad the hard work is liked by some :thumbup
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  7. tsiklonaut

    tsiklonaut the (in)famous boxer perv

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    Stream (Kodak Aerochrome color infrared slide-film)












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    Kodak Aerochrome has a very funky rendition of green.








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    Afghanistan side. Treelines higher up mark the water canals from mountains to pass the water onto their few farming field they can fit on deep slopes.
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    tsiklonaut the (in)famous boxer perv

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    Afghan Hindu-Kush looming. Infrared film exposes water canal lines diverted from the streams.








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    Those small islands look like perfect to smuggle opium from Afghanistan to Tajikistan. Tajik soldiers do check the area occasionally though.








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    White peak.
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    Otherworldly, or just simply psychedelic.

    The last one, White Peak, is both surreal and beautiful.
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  10. tsiklonaut

    tsiklonaut the (in)famous boxer perv

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    Buddhist monks have lived in those caves more than a millennia before Islam took over the area.







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    Yamchun fortress from 3rd century B.C.










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    View from our wild camping spot. The mountains you see are in Afghanistan.









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    Delta and Afghanistan's Hindu-Kush (meaning Hindu-killer in translation) mountain range looming behind it. Kodak Aerochrome IR film translates lush
    green as red, hence the only living things you see are red-colored bushes, the rest is mountainous rock, water or snow.
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    ricochetrider MotoMojo

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    Wow the IR images are really trippy.
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  12. tsiklonaut

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    Every good thing must come to an end, we were to cross the Ak Baital pass at 4,655 metres (15,272 ft) coming down from the Pamir mountains
    we have grown so fond of. Good thing the Tian Shan was waiting for us...











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    Once you hit the lower grounds you get a completely different view to the magnificent Pamirs.
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  13. tsiklonaut

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    Dashing down from the high Pamir mountains.











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    Once the sun sets it creates temperature differences in the valley thus soon a savage snowstorm hit us and we had to hide into our tent.
    It was the last picture I could shot with my cold numb hands that I could hardly push the shutter button on my trusty Pentax 6x7 camera.












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    In the morning the view was sublime. Peak Lenin looming in the top, my work colleague who's over 60 years old was just climbing this peak,
    it was so cool to think about it and the reason I came for this very view.
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    The last shot is fantastic, thus saying a lot without words! Thanks again for doing what I dreamed.
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    tsiklonaut the (in)famous boxer perv

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    Yes, Kodak Aerochrome color infrared slide film is a very unique film artistically - with no photoshop required. It uses ingenious false color schematic on layers with IR sensitivity. Originally designed to be used on spy airplanes to debunk camouflaged enemy units in the forest (non-red is easy to see among red), then science people found it to be a good tool to survey forest health and some few have found a creative use for it in photography. Kodak has stopped making it since 2011 so it's very hard to get film, only one person sells the remaining self-cut stock worldwide and it's almost out too.



    Cheers! You may never know, someday you may get a chance to visit those areas yourself as well!
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    do not have to doubt or wonder, all Soviet piston engines in medium/heavy and main battle tanks since the V2 in the T34 and KV1 have been aluminium block engines, it's not a secret or anything. There are steel components of course.
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    Kyrgiztan's Tian Shan views from a Soviet made Horizont 35mm swivelling-lens panoramic camera.











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    Tian Shan.
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    Ancient tomb in Kyrgyztan put at the foothills of the Tian Shan mountains, Silk Road phenomena created some rich and powerful people
    back in the day who could afford such burial.










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    A lake with healing powers in Kyrgyztan. Tian Shan looming in the background.
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    Kyrgyz tribesman mostly srike as a rather very positive minded folk.










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    A MIG-21 warplane where it belongs, grounded and retired.
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    It was quite some engineering feat by the famous Artem Mikoyan who's house we visited on the same trip back in Armenia.










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    We set up our camp at one of the local Tian Shan tops. It was pretty steep climb for our fully loaded bikes, but made it
    and it rewarded us with a decent view.











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    Tian Shan (infrared film-) view from tent's window.