Instagram photographer captures otherworldly mountain landscapes that will blow your mind
This talented photographer captures mountain landscapes so eerie it’s hard to believe they exist on planet Earth.
Indeed, professional photographer Aytek Cetin says some people wonder if the landscapes he captured are real because they look so supernatural.
The 41-year-old Turkish photographer, who also teaches fellow photographers from private photography tours and online courses, MailOnline Travel tells: ‘Sometimes we can have biases about geography that we’ve never seen before. For example, for a photo I took in Cappadocia [a region in Turkey]someone claimed it was not a real place… I explained to that person that it was a real place and took other people to that place to take pictures.
Detailing why he is drawn to epic mountain scenes, Cetin says, “What impresses me most about mountains is that they are nature’s most powerful beings. They have been there in all their glory for millions of years and will continue to be.
The photographer, who has a massive following on Instagram – 87,000+ followers – says he aims to “draw” viewers into a mountain scene and “make them feel [like] they are there’ with his photograph. He notes, “To do this, I try to use different perspectives than the scenes other people are used to seeing.”
Capturing these remote landscapes is not without its challenges. Since there is often no transport to the off-grid peaks, Cetin regularly has to travel long distances with his camping gear and camera gear, which can weigh over 70 pounds (31 kilos). The hard work is worth it, however, for the magical photographs it can capture. Scroll down to see proof of a photographer at the height of his powers…
This spectacular mountain photo was captured in the Kackar Mountains National Park – a mecca for hiking and climbing – in Turkey’s Black Sea region. Cetin describes the location as one of the “undiscovered valleys of [the] Black Sea’
LEFT: This mystical image shows the bizarre rock formations of Göreme National Park in Turkey’s Cappadocia region in the early morning light. Cetin says: “As a landscape photographer, I can say that I feel at home when I am in nature. I like to shoot away from the crowds where I feel like I can breathe. RIGHT: Cetin turned his camera to Lake Meke, a volcanic crater lake in Turkey’s Konya province, for this mesmerizing photograph
Ama Dablam, a 6,812m (22,349ft) peak in the Himalayas in Nepal, is the subject of this enchanting photograph. Cetin admits: “I can’t remember any sight that gave me more joy than watching the magnificent Ama Dablam at sunset”
LEFT: This striking photo was taken in Göreme National Park in Turkey’s Cappadocia region. RIGHT: Cetin describes this scene – captured in the Svaneti region of Georgia’s Greater Caucasus mountain range – as “unforgettable”
This dramatic panoramic photo shows the wooden houses of the 2,170m (7,119ft) high Pokut plateau in Turkey’s Rize province
LEFT: This otherworldly photograph was taken in the Martian Mountains – also known as the Merrikhi Mountains – in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan in Iran. Cetin describes them as the “sharp mountains of Iran”. RIGHT: Iran’s distinctive Martian mountains are also the subject of this stunning photograph
LEFT: Khumbila, a 5,761m (18,901ft) mountain in the Himalayas in Nepal, is skillfully framed by trees in this spellbinding photograph, which was taken at sunrise. RIGHT: Daisies spill out from a grassy hillside in this beautiful photo of Cetin, taken in Turkey’s Kackar Mountains National Park. Cetin reflects: “You can always get dramatic [weather] conditions in the Black Sea Mountains’
This atmospheric image shows Taboche Mountain (background) in the Khumbu region of the Himalayas in Nepal. It was taken at an altitude of 4,500 m (14,763 ft), reveals Cetin
LEFT: Turkey’s ‘wilderness’ Kackar Mountains National Park was used as the backdrop for this stunning photograph. RIGHT: This epic photograph was taken near the small town of Mestia in the Caucasus Mountains in northwest Georgia
This stunning photo shows Mount Kazbek, a stratovolcano in the Caucasus Mountains of Georgia, illuminated by the first light of day