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By hwatt  
Annecy, Haute Savoie, France.

Annecy is famous for its beautiful lake and the mountains that surround it and during the summer months it is a mecca for cyclists and those that indulge in loftier pastimes and one of these is paragliding. I headed up the mountain to watch them lift off and looked skywards to see dozens of these colourful billowing crescent sails wheeling around in fairly tight circles to catch the thermals that would lift them ever higher. I took a few shots before having my own personal epiphany. A single ball shaped puff of cotton wool cloud a little off centre was up in the sky doubtless a few hundred metres above the paragliders. It occurred to me that that I could force the wheel of gliders to circle that cloud by the sheer expedient of running a couple of hundred metres or so sideways. By the time I got there the cloud had started to split so with heart pounding and the ISO raised to 400 I grabbed the shot and examined the result incredibly all but one paraglider was separate from all the others others. I realised I could make the image into a square crop with the cloud completely central in the target frame. Eureka!

f/11 at 1/2400 second, ISO 1600.

Tags: France Cloud Blue sky Annecy Landscape and travel

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28 Aug 2019 4:01PM
Great shot and interesting caption.

barrywebb 14 44 7 United Kingdom
31 Aug 2019 5:41PM
I like this kind of quirky image, the sort of shot I would have been very pleased to capture. I'm very surprised it hasn't had more votes and comments? I think it's great!

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