Khor Virap monastery, with little Ararat (Sis)3925m. at left, and big Ararat(Masis) 5165m. at right. The monastery looks small in this frame because I wanted to include both of the Ararat peaks, I will add a zoomed in version to workshop. Taken in the morning around 7am with 33mm. focal length. The border with Turkey is just beyond the monastery. The monastery is one of the most photographed attractions in Armenia, with the iconic backdrop.
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sharkattack (268) 2007-06-16 20:36
Ermenistan dan harika bir goruntu Tan............cok basarili ve kuvvetli bir kare......Agri dagida cok heybetli bu arada.........tebrikler mate...
gneufeld (15890) 2007-06-16 20:38
My wife and I just browsed through your gallery and wow, your work and presentations are absolutely outstanding and amazing. This shot of Mt. Ararat is wonderful. Great subject, composition,colors, and exceptional clarity. Exceptional work and thanks for sharing. Gerald
ls7902 (7348) 2007-06-16 21:26
Always a wonderful composition of the landscape. Nice green field, monastery in that location imitating the mountain behind. Great shot. Regards. Latiff.
Cormac (26565) 2007-06-16 22:48
Fantastic shot! Mount Ararat is one of those magic names, so to see it live must have been quite a thrill. What makes this even more special is that there are 2 mountains, and they are both beautiful. The presense of the monastery is the icing on the cake. Excellent work!
pboehringer (770) 2007-06-16 23:46
No wonder that this monastery is the most photographed in Armenia, Tan. It is certainly not the monastery itself but the backdrop that makes it so popular. Little and big Ararat are a perfect backdrop for any foerground piece. The good weather conditions and the clear air favored to get it perfect.
alainh (33201) 2007-06-17 0:11
what an excelent point of view. incredible light. i like the proportions you give at your composition.
very nice piece.
havea good week-end
zeca (19762) 2007-06-17 1:04
Very nice landscape! Everything is beautiful, from the greens to the white top of that nice shaped mountains. Well captured!
bibiweb (8) 2007-06-17 1:11
I haven't been very present these last few days on TE (was busy prepraing the meeting that took place in Belgium last week), but it's nice to see back! As always, you've brought back wonderful pictures from your trip, but I'm particularly attracted by this one as I will attempt to climb Ararat next August. I like the soft morning light on the summits in the back and the monastery makes a perfect foreground subject. It's also a good idea to have framed those yello flowers in the corner.
Have a nice Sunday.
brandstaetter (15915) 2007-06-17 1:26
the region around Ararat really must be a BIG landscape in cinemascope... TFS Chris
leo61 (0) 2007-06-17 2:37
Great POV and good composition with this amount of nice foreground for monastary and the nice mountans.It`s nice to see the yellow flowers in the corner.
ribeiroantonio (22637) 2007-06-17 2:50
This is a wonderful landscape. The background volcanos are extraordinary with all that snow. The monastery look more like an old fortress and it must be very interesting. Everything is nice in this picture. Well done.
carper (96) 2007-06-17 2:51
it's a fantastic place Tan,
I realy like you point of view, the soft green and the monastery in the centrum of the shot, the colours are very soft, maybe a little contrast could be better for the shot, farther very good photojob here,
have a nice day.
jjcordier (79297) 2007-06-17 3:20
Une image (et un WS) de toute beauté. Quel superbe paysage et quelle belle composition pour cette magnifique photo.
MiguelP (14470) 2007-06-17 3:59
Hola Tan: Quite impressive photo. I do love mountains so I´m very pleased with this photo and the way you have composed it with the monastery... Is it Armenia a worthy destination?
IgorDeleze (585) 2007-06-17 5:19
Very nice landscape with beautiful mountain.
I like the framing with the hill and the castle and the grass foreground.
quetzal (3467) 2007-06-17 6:00
Very nice composition with this excellent background. Pleasant picture and its amazing palette of greens.
Have a nice sunday.
Gerrit (52097) 2007-06-17 6:25
Man, what un unearthly beauty. Not only these majestic mountains but also this unbelievable monastery.
What's a better place to travel,Tan, Georgia or Armenia? I think Armenia is safer nowadays. Is that right? I'm sure I want to make A bike trip through a Kaukasian country after seeing your perfect pictures.
ben4321 (9875) 2007-06-17 7:59
I think the cropped panoramic version is a lot better Tan, there's way too much grassy foreground here.
It looks like an amazing place, and I like the balance between the two mountains that you achieved in your composition. For anyone who knows this style of architecture, the Armenian church gives the image an immediate sense of place.
Yep, it's a very good shot, I just think you posted the wrong version!
bazal (7900) 2007-06-17 9:01
Incredible depth for this volcanic landscape. One of these contributions (very common in your album) that makes me think: "wow, that's a place I'd like to discover!". I can understand that the monastery and its surrounding get a lot of atention from photographers!
Thanks for sharing.
dkeus31 (27735) 2007-06-17 9:04
A nice light you have catched on the fields and the impressive background mountains.
veronika (6058) 2007-06-17 9:45
again at your gallery ;)
Splendid image, looks very naturally and the compo is very interesting, i would say eye-catching :)
jonathan_hart (21276) 2007-06-17 10:25
the POV you found for this photo is very well, the monastery with the huge BG, excellent depth and beautiful colours, amazing view :)
tcht (7565) 2007-06-17 11:06
fantastic pic from a wonderful place, nicely composed with the small flowers anchoring bottom right of picture. a fine postcard :)
sleon (9402) 2007-06-17 11:35
This is indeed iconic. The lighting defines well the monastery against the backdrop, the colours and contrasts are stunning and the foreground flowers add a nice touch. I imagine will see more pictures of this mountain quite soon when a certain TE member climbs it!
Enjoy the rest of the WE, Susanna
lucinka (9976) 2007-06-17 11:51
Hello Tan, It must be a coincidence or maybe a sign ... I've done workshop few days ago on the hphoto from very same location. Armenia is definitely on my list of places to go, so I am bit jealous that you seem to be always one step ahead. I'd love to hear how did you travel around Armenia and what was your experience over there. Beautiful landscape shot that inspires others to travel over there. Lucie
PS: back to your earlier comment... YES, Kuwait is as unphotogenic as you can imagine.. but don't worry I'll compensate for it in surrounding areas!!!
Scharan (14144) 2007-06-17 12:28
Um cenário de sonhos...
Bela composição e cores maravilhosas.
Grande trabalho Tan, parabéns!!!
Angelillo (9374) 2007-06-17 12:48
The different plans of elevation are here really impressive. From the plan to the high mountains, and at middle a little and curious peak. It's a big perspective, and a very beautiful landscape. The castle at the midground, and the mountains of backgroun are incredibly beautiful! Thanks.
delkoo (68) 2007-06-17 13:08
Beautifully crafted, your daring composition in three layers is amazing, fields, monastery and mountains, i like the high quality of this shot.
rhizomes (15343) 2007-06-17 14:33
Impressive landscape with great colors ! These two mountains are a nice element for the eye and the green valley is beeautiful !
Very peacefull picture !
vincz (19113) 2007-06-17 16:54
This is so nice. A very powerful lansacpae. Your picture has so much depth and is showing so much detials. Compsotion is perfect, colours so natural and beautiful. An excellent owrk. I wish I get there sometime. In my favorites.
PixelTerror (0) 2007-06-17 17:32
Wow that's a landscape, wide spaces and emptiness, except for the rising monastery structures, I like it; Funnily the left summit looks a bit like the volcan Sajama in Bolivia, just need to clone the laguna Chungara in the foreground ;-)
Have a nice day, JY
Budapestman (82620) 2007-06-17 17:44
Great shot. This is a romantic and picturesque photo. I like the fascinating mountains in the background and the stunning atmosphere. Fabled work, Congratulations. Have a nice week
fayeulle (27827) 2007-06-18 2:46
I like the 3 different layers in this compo. I like also the light of the early morning. Very nice.
batalay (39127) 2007-06-18 4:00
This is an unfamiliar angle for the Mount Ararat (Agri), which I climbed in 1984. I was serving as the 'cautious scientific advisor' on an expedition in search of Noah's Ark, and along on the expedition was the Astronaut James Irwin. We didn't make across to the Armenian or Iranian side, but certainly saw the Isak Pasa Palace on the Turkish side, which I initially thought the panoramic photo depicted. The mountain (Agri) looks absolutely majestic, with the Ahora Gorge prominently in view. The morning angle has of course revealed the Eastern facade of the great mountain. I would like to offer my genuine gratitute for sharing this image with us, so rare among even those of us who know the mountain.
kebek (5438) 2007-06-18 7:02
Serwus Tan !
Like taken from a dream about furthest journeys, and this place is real ! Stunning setting for a serious photography, and this is it. Like it the way it is, as the shades of greens are so vivid and fresh, so no cropping for me :)
rbcy1974 (20758) 2007-06-18 8:03
You do get around!
What else did you do in this trip of yours (sorry to ask i havent been very active lately)
COmposition is sharp and crisp, very well captured and composed.
belido (19934) 2007-06-18 8:54
esplendid capture. Amazing resolution. It's nice see that nothing is out of focus due to the efficient DOF. Great capture indeed!
Philippe (11836) 2007-06-18 8:58
Hi, Tan. Looking at your picture, it's quite easy to understand why this place attracts so many photographers. There is a very good progresion in your picture from the green valley to the mountain plateaux and finally the simmits. The light is very good and the snowy summits stand well out against the blue sky. The large view allows us to see the monastery is well posted on the rocky outcrop dominating the valley.
Aliine (2669) 2007-06-18 12:04
Wow amazing landscape!!!
I really love these beautiful mountains ;)
dokadak (11518) 2007-06-19 14:43
Great shot and perfect sharpness... I also shared an Ararat photo took from Erivan but thisi is realy great. Last year climbed to Ararat and hope to shot some especialy to Yerevan but thats so pity we were with federation and had no chance to shot or see Armenian side from the top...
gilou530 (34) 2007-06-19 16:55
une photo d'un paysage grandiose d'un grand voyageur que tu es, ces sommets enneigés sont superbe, cadrage génial et beaucoup de pdc beau travail
coco (30439) 2007-06-20 3:05
Both pictures are impressive.
Excellent work and also excellent idea. This is a good landscape where you has been touched by a wonderful and warm light.
lilimih33 (9918) 2007-06-20 18:57
Your composition is lovely, like always!
Fantastic place and wonderful colours and perspective!
anesugur (18789) 2007-06-21 2:53
Dağ o kadar büyük ve heybetli ki ne kadar uzaktan çekilse de ( veya başka ülkeden ) yine de muhteşem görünüyor.
ahmetgedikli (25605) 2007-06-21 7:24
Birilerinin Ağrı Dağımızı neden bu kadar sahiplenmek istediklerini daha iyi anlıyorum. Muhteşem görünüyor ve insanın bu dağlara sahip olası görünüyor. Elinize sağlık, selamlar.
jrj (34843) 2007-06-21 7:54
See you are around in some really spectacular landscapes this year.I also looked to the WS variants but must say this one for me sure is the most interesting. Well disposed compo and with just the right details from fore- to background. Excellent work
bostankorkulugu (42440) 2007-06-21 9:55
nedense her zaman ağrı dağının ermenistan tarafından görüntüsünü daha etkileyici buluyorum... sizin bu manastırlı kompozisyonununzda da hem büyük hem küçük ağrı nefes kesici... elinize sağlık...
all the best
enedimd (1532) 2007-06-22 5:08
Tan bey selamlar,
Mükemmel bir panorama fotoğrafı. Netlik, kontrast, derinlik hepsi süper. Harika bir kompozisyon olmuş. WS larda çok güzel olmuş.
Hepsi tanıtım karesi olarak kullanılacak güzellikte.
guillaumejm (0) 2007-06-24 6:11
What a marvelous picture. The air is so clear even in the distance!. The point of view and framing brings a powerfull depth of field. the mountains in the backgrounds are simply beautifull.
balatrek (7455) 2007-06-24 14:57
Gorgeous landscape, excellent composition and a well balanced light, perfect contrasts, are smooth and create beautiful textures, I like the position of the Monastery and mountains of background. Thanks to share.
pasternak (15185) 2007-06-25 6:14
Just fantastic. No other words!
jmcl (14535) 2007-06-25 12:59
Do you know the music of Armenian/American composer Alan Chankmakjian Hovhaness? (hovhaness.com)
Wondrous image .. you really communicate the soul of the place with these peaks ... the rugged fields .. and ancient buildings .. from your typical perfect point of view.
cdmonson (5196) 2007-06-26 19:25
Wow! The sharpness and clarity of this picture are fantastic. Including the monastery in the foreground helps convey how big the mountains are (or vice versa as well!). Great job.
Ann75 (0) 2007-06-26 23:56
What a shot! My goodness, I have missed a bundle of your beautiful shots again (still busy with my course and my family from Belgium was here for 3 weeks). Anyway, this is an amazing shot...I love how you always show these more unfamiliar places. Excellent lighting, beautiful POV, wonderful colours and details. Fantastic work, Tan!
barni (15751) 2007-06-27 3:41
Magnifique. Ton cadrage nous montre bien les deux plans différents entre la colline et les montagnes.
VeeJayCee (2410) 2007-06-27 15:21
A superb picture Tan. Exposure, colours, sharpness, composition - Just superb!
Didi (60588) 2007-06-30 1:26
Salam To the great traveller
It's a wonderful place with very good lights (lucky man).
The sudden separation betwenn the greens and the back ground gives an interesting interest to your composition.
kevinos (7517) 2007-07-03 11:38
Iconic, is certainly right, Tan. The mountains are majestic. One can see where they feature so much in myth and legend. The layered effect of the sky, the mountains, the monastery and the grasslands, creates and varied and stable setting. It creates a sense of timelessness. Even the yellow wild flowers at the bottom right; provide nice context and a good lead in to the composition. Regards Kevin
sadeik (3282) 2007-07-03 23:07
Never got as far as here, wish I had done so to see this iconic building. You have taken an absolutely cracking shot and I like the work going on cutting what looks like alfalfa
fijiphil (1355) 2007-07-04 12:21
I agree with ben4321, too much grassy foreground. The location is stunning but you haven't made the most of it IMHO.
jemaflor (98771) 2007-07-11 10:12
Great view, nice pov on this snowy mountains, perfect composition with castle, tfs.
devimeuxbe (58557) 2007-07-13 15:40
C'est toujours aussi impressionnant de voir un tel globe trotteur. Tu pourrais être l'emblème de TE.
Ici, c'est une magnifique image de l'Arménie avec des montagnes impressionnantes. Bravo pour les couleurs et la lumière.
uecchi (256) 2007-07-25 7:09
It is a beautiful mountain. I think that the left mountain resembles Japanese Mt. Fuji.
danyy (0) 2007-07-29 14:43
toutes tes dernieres photos sont de petits bijoux de prises de vues. Tu as le chic pour trouver de très beaux endroits où que tu ailles, mais aussi choisir les POV les plus adéquats.
Cela se voit bien ici.
cam (9043) 2007-10-26 14:52
This one is attracting me as it reminds me of Peru, just replaced the grasses by badlands and you got it.
A wide view that shows the whole area as it stands, well done, a majestous plac.
I prefer the WS version by the way, more imtimate, better contrast between the monastery and the base of the mountain.
2 shots, both deserving front page
Have a good WE
lucabellincioni (3840) 2007-11-13 15:53
sensational colours and wonderful place. Are the mountains at the back volcans?
MeAT (1174) 2007-11-25 17:23
Wow this is something! Nicely layered (front grass, monastery, and mountains) Quite a scene you have there!
erdo (569) 2008-04-16 9:23
Çok net , nefis bir ışık,her şey dengeli, ağrıyı öteki tarftan görebilmek çok güzel. TFS.
marcocig (781) 2010-11-07 9:04
Breathtaking view, didnt image such a scenery in Armenia..
Did you try also other pov? I mena, you could play a lot with the mutual placement between the hill and manufact in the FG and the beautiful white mountains in the BG.
- Copyright: Tan Yilmaz (capthaddock) (28790)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-05-17
- Categories: Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EFS 18-55mm, B+W Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/250 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Places I hope to travel to..., Kasia's Favourites 3 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-06-16 20:11
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