This is the Bandiagara Escarpment rising above Dogon village of Teli in the Dogon country of Mali. Remnant dwellings of the ancient Tellem people can be seen at the overhung cliff. This "Cliff of Bandiagara" is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We had a trekking of four days ascending and descending cliff that rises about 500 meters above the lower sandy flats.
I was too tired to take photos after walking 20km or more a day in the heat exceeding 35℃. This photo was taken on the morning of the first day of the trekking.
PP: I tried to reproduce this scene with a taste of slide film. Images rendered by digital cameras make me feel monotonous music. I love JBL sounds driven by McIntosh power amplifiers.
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mauro61 (52855) 2011-01-11 1:14
mi piace molto il taglio e il contrasto cromatico tra il cielo e le rocce dalla carateristica colorazione rossiccia.
ottima la luce.
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2011-01-11 1:30
excellent framing. Like the colour contrast between blue and golden. The chosen POV is just superb. Great depth and perfect light. Excellent presentation despite of your tiredness. Thanks for sharing.
Best wishes for 2011.
dta (76611) 2011-01-11 2:01
Hello Hisashi ,
A superb presentation of this spectacular place . I like a lot the contrast between the red cliff and the blue sky . Excellent exposure , too .
Well done .
delpeoples (57266) 2011-01-11 2:19
All that trekking in extreme heat and you still bring us this beautiful photo. So I thank you. The colours are so rich...your usual high quality sharpness and definition. The photo is perfectly exposed, not an easy thing in this situation with the huge cliff. Great choice with the vertical frame to further add to the depth and perspective.
TFS and I wish you a beautiful day
lousat (89230) 2011-01-11 4:04
What a beautiful composition,the choice of point of view is great! And what a great contrast between the colors and sharpness,very interesting and very well done! Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano
HimalAnda (10651) 2011-01-11 4:23
This is a beautiful picture of this strange place. I like your composition with the cliff on the right and on the top of the picture. The colors are really great, especially the rocks and the sky. The vertical format allowed you to include the little houses in the picture.
bergese (6699) 2011-01-11 4:53
Un endroit extrêmement impressionnant de part la hauteur et le temps qu'il faut pour y accéder.Le contraste entre le ciel et la roche rouge est remarquable.
Bonne journée Isabelle
Surfer31 (0) 2011-01-11 7:04
Very nice perspective and warm colors. The line of the rock edge coming from the top-left leads the eye into the foreground formations on the rock and then away into the distance.
Very well done!
Juntas (7960) 2011-01-11 7:43
Hi Hisashi. What a view. The red and blue makes a nice effect. I like the way that you have framed it. Colors are nice, sharpness is great. Well done job.
Have a nice day.
paninho (2931) 2011-01-11 8:21
Photo spéctaculaire avec belles couleurs et belle lumière. Bon travail sur la profondeur! Bravo!
silvan (1786) 2011-01-11 8:34
O'genki des ka?
Your shot is really impressive, clever and .... gigantic.
wolf38 (31296) 2011-01-11 10:05
Hi Hisashi. My compliments for this masterful photo. The high technical quality is impressive. The special is a fantastic composition. Rgds, Wolfgang.
baclama (18825) 2011-01-11 10:09
de tres belles couleurs pour nous montrer ces impressionnantes falaises et ses habitations...
un trek qui doit etre passionnante...
jafadabret (56501) 2011-01-11 11:09
J'aime ce paysage bien rendu comme une diapositive avec de belles couleurs et une bonne lumière.
Silvio1953 (139927) 2011-01-11 11:45
Ciao Hisahsi, great POV on fantastic willage, wonderful warm colors, splendid clarity, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
Sonata11 (33753) 2011-01-11 20:42
an amazing presentation of this gorgeous place. I love the colors, sharpness, clarity, framed as well. All are perfect and spectacular. I love it very much.
All the best,
Nard (6972) 2011-01-12 0:50
Amazing and spectacular composition. You have chosen a good POV and the framing is well done with this vertical format. I like the mixt of the blue sky and the golden rock which gives to this picture nice colors.
papagolf21 (98732) 2011-01-12 1:12
Bonjour, cher Hisashi,
Félicitations pour cette composition façon diapositive.
Le résultat est parfait. De plus, le sujet est d'une grande beauté.
Tout est beau : les détails, les couleurs, la définition...
Meilleurs voeux 2011
yso (4146) 2011-01-12 3:56
I love the contrast of the blue triangle, very well composed and sharp, congratulations !
jhm (150812) 2011-01-12 5:01
The line of the rock edge coming from the top-left leads the eye into the foreground formations on the rock and then away into the distance.
Good depth and perfect perspective image.
Very well taken, excellent sharpness and clarity.
Nice and well done, TFS.
bona (13737) 2011-01-13 5:02
a great photo of this Heritage Site. Impressive how men could do things like that. The engeneering in the blood.
Good colors and point of view.
rodgerg (55767) 2011-01-13 10:36
Congratulations for this excellent, efficience and original POV which give an impressive shot with a greta depht. The rocks on the right learn the glance. beautiful warm colors which arise very well under the blue sky.
sacimar (26205) 2011-01-13 10:56
impressive trip, this place seems to worth it, good details of the cliff, well done,
danos (96145) 2011-01-14 0:25
thanks for your courage to trek four days under the hot sun of Africa,to go in the village that is found on the cliffs,this UNESCO World Heritage Site..Excellent the light and the colour management as the contrast of colours,with the clarity and the sharpness to be superb.Well done.
vasilpro (41271) 2011-01-14 2:00
Wonderful composition, interesting place, excellent POV, very good contrast, lovely colors.
Best regards, Vasilis.
abmdsudi (52449) 2011-01-14 8:34
A wonderful picture with excellent detail, colour and composition. Effective viewpoint highlighting much on the focal of interest with impressive perspective and depth. A nice warm light revealing much of the texture beautifully with soft shadows Exposure is well managed with good rich colors and fine contrast. Superb sharpness and clarity. Excellent photo work, Congrast. TFS. Best rgds
paura (47186) 2011-01-14 15:09
Excellent exposure setting to show us the interesting landscape. Sharpness is also a top element.
Giorgio (11279) 2011-01-15 0:04
- Incredible escarpment in this beautiful landscape Hisashi, spectacular and amazing place for a very good shot with this PoV, well done!
Have a nice week-end.
diomed (13926) 2011-01-15 0:51
amazing landscape with a superb contrast between the soft tones and tghe deep blue sky. Excellent POV great sharp and depth, interesting note.
raszid62 (18515) 2011-01-15 0:55
These buildings of this amazing African tribe are simply amazing. Dogon tribe is associated with the star Sirius. Excellent composition.
guytoc (3614) 2011-01-15 9:37
Here is an amazing mixing of nature and man's work, apparently realized after a physical consequent effort.The habitat may be as different as interesting all over the world: discover it is a major advantage of TE. TfS.
Cricri (117347) 2011-01-16 3:18
Le cadrage excellent, c'est impressionnant et magnifique le contraste aussi est merveilleux
bon format et présentation
corjan3 (2109) 2011-01-16 8:04
This is magnificent!! Maybe the sky is a little too blue to be credible but all in all a wonderful image. TFS.
holmertz (50782) 2011-01-16 11:57
This is an overwhelming composition. The traces of human dwellings set my imagination going. It's unbelievable what strange places for living people could find. The colours you have created are also astonishing.
macjake (66642) 2011-01-16 23:55
i'm very impressed that you did all that walking!
thats sounds very tiresome, but great work.
the overhanging cliff is fantastic, it shows off its power and presence.
lovely color arrangements, and terrific lighting made this possible.
yeln (11516) 2011-01-17 1:36
čestitam za izreden POV!!!
perfektna ostrina in barve skal in neba!!
zelo lepo!! tfs!
lep dan, vojko
pazufferey (4858) 2011-01-19 12:37
Très belle composition, les rochers rougeâtre sont magnifiques.
Le point de vue agréable et des couleurs très vive. Bravo
siolaw (38292) 2011-01-20 2:55
A nice side view of the escarpment and the dwellings there. I like the intense, rich colours, similar to those in the other picture you posted after this one.
Interesting, and luminous photograph.
Angshu (56750) 2011-01-20 7:52
My dear Hisashi-san
I can only imagine the hardship you endured walking 20 Km a day with all the heavy camera equipments. The colour of the sky specially reminisces a slide film. Lovely colour contrast between the colour of the stone & the sky. The depth you created thanks to the POV is impressive. This picture reminds me of another place (Mesa Verde National Park) I've seen pictures of like this
Longroute (19396) 2011-01-23 1:43
This is really a very fine photo and a unique and precious document of this Dogon village which reminds me of Pueblo ones in New Mexico or Arizona. The pov you chose created a very spectacular composition with great perspective.
Th okra colour of the rocks ad houses has a strong visual impact.
Well done and presented,
jemaflor (95389) 2011-01-25 10:45
Great contrast of light and of colors, well framed with the top of this vertical shot, very well presented from an original angle, interesting result.
clic (16841) 2011-01-26 13:25
Thanks for your kind words, Hisashi.
This spectacular view of dwellings dug in soft rock is of an era when fine amplifiers and transducers were not invented!!
Nevertheless I can imagine nowadays a concert broadcasted through a pair of Tannoy Royal, concealed and set symmetrically within openings in rock, for down below visitors enjoyment!
Thanks for this lovely flash back by means of your time machine!
danyy (0) 2011-01-27 22:50
un endroit typique dans des couleus flamboyantes, de jolis dégradés de teintes même dans ce ciel. Une photo nette et profonde, sur les vestiges du passé.
sevy (58) 2011-02-01 1:05
It is a longtime I want to visit Mali and Dogon mountains but looking to the political atmosphere it will still not be for this year.
Good point of view and composition on this view. I like the rendering of the colors making me thinking about Velvia slides I used formerly.
Bournazel (0) 2011-02-01 1:25
this is a superb POV of this mythical cliff with a fantastic light. I've been here for a four days hike five years ago, this is a fantastic testimony
mkamionka (35590) 2011-02-02 2:12
very original composition. I like the diagonal above our heads. It makes an interesting introduction to the main view. Very pleasant well saturated colors.
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4814) 2011-02-06 17:47
This is an interesting place and photo! It must have been a great experience for you to have been there. Wish I could visit this place too someday! The colors are very lively, great exposure! Thanks for sharing
All the best,
josepmarin (58343) 2011-03-01 1:04
the location of this village in the cliff is amazing!
I guess that its inhabitants did not have to suffer dizziness.
The vertical framing is very effective, and includes some very interesting elements graphically, the image is very sharp and the sunlight floods the rocks, giving it a few warm very beautiful tonalities.
An excellent composition, a great light and superb colors.
- Copyright: Hisashi Yuya (hispic) (9652)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-12-26
- Categories: Nature, Architecture, Ruins
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM, RAW @ ISO 200
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/2000 seconds
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-01-11 1:11