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gorkamorka
02-15-2009, 11:20 PM
Given that some of the forum members here like to go for photo realistic look in their maps. I thought I would share this image of the Iberian Peninsula. It beautifully displays many different types of terrain, plus I think itís just a pretty picture to share.

This image has the resolution of 1km per pixel by following the following link you can find the same picture and similar once down to a resolution of 250m per pixel.

http://rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/gallery/

http://www.cartographersguild.com/picture.php?albumid=77&pictureid=383

Sigurd
02-16-2009, 12:44 AM
Very very pretty. Is that snow on the water or surf or????

Here by the way is a political map of the same region...

http://www.ired.com/pix/map/iberia.gif


Sigurd

Nomadic
02-16-2009, 12:45 AM
Very very pretty. Is that snow on the water or surf or????


Sigurd

I believe those would be clouds.

Great image, I know that NASA has a huge repository of these sorts of pictures. Great for inspiration.

gorkamorka
02-16-2009, 05:45 AM
Very very pretty. Is that snow on the water or surf or????
Sigurd

The White on the land is snow. You can see how it has sharp bits/fractal look. It's all the mountains separating the valleys.

The white over the sea are clouds. They have a more even flowing look. Also tend to look a bit like waves. Yes those are cloud waves in the atmosphere. Created by turbulence of air going over mountains and gravity waves.

Steel General
02-16-2009, 06:44 AM
Very cool pic...thx for posting.

Bedwyr
02-16-2009, 11:47 AM
I would love to get that kind of realistic detail in a map.

woekan
02-16-2009, 05:01 PM
gorgeous pictures

Ascension
02-16-2009, 05:09 PM
The sharp clarity blows me away, something that maybe one day I can get to.

gorkamorka
02-16-2009, 05:41 PM
The sharp clarity blows me away, something that maybe one day I can get to.

That was the word I was looking for but couldn't quite manage to verbalise.

It has incredibly sharp clarity. I especially like the mountains and the fractal shape of the snow. It's almost like looking at a drawing of mathematical fractal curve.

ravells
02-16-2009, 05:49 PM
It's utterly amazing...almost but not quite a painting.

Torq
02-17-2009, 01:54 PM
Sure, but HandsomeRob's maps are even more realistic ;).

Torq