The Farthest Sights ever captured

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In our daily life, the horizon is usually a translucid distant line, where objects get dim after a short distance.

Imagine all things affecting visibility: Geometry, Meteorology: Air Pollutants, Atmospheric Physics… It may seem complex, but from time to time conditions arrange so that we can see farther than usual.

And there are moments where we can see longer than anyone else has seen before.

It requires a great deal of coincidence for all possible parameters to allign so that we can see ultra distant objects. Deep knowledge, precise planning and perfect execution are also in the game.

It is not easy to reveal those distant landscapes, but the result is absolutely worth it.

It makes us feel lucky to be there. Photographers are lucky to be there. And is also of big responsibility.

They are the only ones out there, with the beautiful task to capture this moments, and give them to the world to admire.

This is our collection of the farthest shots ever captured.

Let us know if you have managed to beat the record: In Beyond Horizons we aim at being the worldwide check for any new World Record attempt. 

443 km

Finestrelles, Pyrenees to Pic Gaspard, Alps

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Montsec d’Ares – Moncayo | 218 km.

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By Josep Manchado
Camera Nikon D7100
Lens 400 mm.
Date December 07th 2017 
Sunsets are, for us, always a synonym of clear views.
When standing on a summit, with a clear horizon (geographically speaking) around you, there is always a chance to capture long distance sights when the sun is going down.
Just after it dissapears, and for only some minutes, special conditions on illumination and refraction allow for clearer views.
As in this case, a whole view of the main summits of Northern Spain unfolds on sunset.
Josep summarizes this view as follows: at sunrise, there was not only a clear view of the Pyrenees (from Andorra to Panticosa) but also Moncayo peak was visible, in the “Sistema Iberico”, at 218 km. away.
“A la puesta de sol, además de una visión del Pirineo que abarcaba desde las montañas de Andorra hasta los picos del Infierno en Panticosa, se veia la Sierra del Moncayo, en el Sistema Ibérico, a 218 kms de distancia.”

Le Cengle – Canigó | 276 km.

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By Bruno Carrias
Camera Nikon D5200 @ ISO 100 – 1/320
Lens 300 mm.
Date February 02nd 2012 – 17:58 
If there is a Master when it comes to photograph Canigó peak, he is Bruno.
We are used to have from him several high quality pictures of Canigó taken from various locations around Marseille, and in this case it is no exception.
It comes with a great deal of planification and preparation to capture the sun setting just against the desired target, and in the picture above this is done with absolute mastery.
Thank for Bruno for sharing this with us.
As the Author points out, the picture has been taken from Plateau du Cengle(578m) at bottom of Sainte-Victoire mountain.

El Hierro – El Teide | 144 km.

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By Ignasi
Camera Fujifilm Optic 10x
Lens Built – In Lens
Date October 02nd 2012 
Canary Islands are full of good viewing locations.
A volcanic archipelago with high mountains where the horizon is the ocean itself has to bring many options!
Usually is El Teide (3.718 meters above sea level) where usually the pictures are taken from, but if you can see many places from its summit, then the opposite view should also be possible… And here we have one of them.
A fantastic sunrise view of El Teide from El Hierro island, one of the most recent volanic activity.

In Flight Pictures – Mont Blanc

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By Ramon Ibarz
Camera Nikon D90 @ ISO1000 – 1/250
Location Over Bourdeaux
Date August 22nd 2017 – 06:40

When we launched the In Flight picture category, we never thought to find something that impressive.

On groung to ground pictures, more than 300 km. is considered as an exceptional sight, but here we are talking about more than 500 km.
Absolutely a distance that is difficult to imagine.
On the Author’s words:
This photo was taken from a plane, flying over West France, near Bordeaux, 15 m. before the sun rises.
I used Generate a Panorama web, to identify the mountains and calculate the distance to Montblanc, aprox. 538 Km. away.
With the naked eye the MontBlanc highligths in the horizon.
This kind of photos could only be taken few minutes before the sun rise.

Samatan, FR – Pic de Maubermé | 78 km.

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By David Guenot
Camera Nikon D5500 @ ISO320 – 1/500
Lens 300mm. @ f/11
Date April 10th 2018 – 09:59
Swifts are long distance birds.
They are used to travel around the globe in order to look for the best climate, and in this journey they stay in Africa during Norhern Hemisphere winter months and then travel North once the summer sets.
As you can see in the picture, there are some swifts flying around, what tells us that summer is approaching. Nevertheless, this is the only sign of warm weather, as the mountains still keep the snow longer than ever.
It has been one of the snowiest seasons in the Pyrenees so far, and this fantastic picture from David Guenot shows it very well.
Thanks for sharing!

El Pueyo – Posets | 76 km.

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By Juanjo Diaz de Argandoña
Camera Nikon D5100 @ ISO160 – 1/1600
Lens Tamron 150-600mm Di VC USD @ 600 mm.
Date October 29th 2017 – 15:59
Again, El Pueyo.
Again, the Pyrenees.
But there is nothing like being in this small hill aside of the main chain of the mountain ridge, with almost all the main summits clearly visible.
From here, one can see Posets peak (2nd highest in Pyrenees), but also Aneto (the highest) and Monte Perdido (3rd on the run).
Such a fantastic place I will stay for the whole day (with a pair of binoculars).