The Elephant Rock in the evening twilight clearly visible from Madurai at 12 km and at the feet of this mountain rock the granite quarry. You could see already a shot from the same spot towards the sun.
You see only one quarter of this quarry here and the size of it you can find out by the tiny people (see the middle of the scene) working there still late in the evening while the moon was already up.
Impossible to come here for someone who is afraid of height, the small entering road crosses enormous deep ravines of quarter pits on both side of the sandy road, one slip with the motorbike and there you go, frightening.
Even more frightening are the seven bomblasts yesterday on trains in Mumbay, where lots of innocent people were killed. My condolence for all the families of the victims.
an experiment on emulated polarizer filter and Velvia script,
here the original wich in fact I still prefer.
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robertosalguero (284) 2006-07-12 3:35
This is a marvelous place! Your picture is just superb with bright colours and sharpness.
Very nice job.
ChrisJ (114657) 2006-07-12 3:39
I like the reflected blue sky in the fg puddle, which accentuates the superb warm vs cold color opposition. Good sharpness, lighting, & pov. Tfs!
Angshu (56758) 2006-07-12 3:46
This is quite a different one from you, but with the same class...the colour contrasts of the rock strata has come out clearly in this light...the people are hardly noticeable, which gives an idea about the scale of the quarry..indeed the quarries are commonplace in South India, but never thought one can make a picture so photogenic
postvikram (1199) 2006-07-12 4:06
nicely done. great view you got there. The moon up in the sky is great to see and the color of the sky is excellent.The scale of the Yaanai Malai is evident with the presence of people. Wow thats one big rock. I have seen this when I travelled towards Madurai but never been closer.
Thanks for sharing - Vikram
coco (30439) 2006-07-12 5:09
Sad news from India, yes.
As usual, an interesting picture.
Sometimes you show to us that you can do not only this kind of photos with people. Here, this landscape looks an amazing place (sure, it's) with fantastic colours.
Thanks for share.
nwoehnl (122) 2006-07-12 5:18
Quite rare to see a "classic" landscape photo from you, Henk, but of course this one is well composed and techncially superbly exectuted. The special light gives a particular touch to this one, in the way it gives a warming glow to the colors and illuminates the rich textures of the stone formations. Very sad/bad news yesterday, I was actually thinking of you when the piece appeared on TV.
Davidwh (3662) 2006-07-12 5:27
Had a bit of a look at your gallery and you have some very nice work of daily life.This is a bit different from your latest.Quite amazing saturation of colour, very vibrant and bright giving life to quite a barren landscape.A nice wide angle from a good vantage point that has opened up a good view of the quarry.Good detail and texture of the rock.TFS.
hello_ishan (1571) 2006-07-12 6:13
For past so many days I was in touch with your photos but I think this is my first landscape photo. As you told that the man is in the middle but it’s very hard to see I have put pressure on my eyes to see those people (may be my eyesight is poor...(: ) but yes I have say that you have covered the large area nicely.
The clarity of your image is amazing I think... I can see the moon on the on the sky. I like the color of the sky its looks wonderful. The sharpness/lighting & color are perfect.
Thanks for sharing this wonderful Image.
On last thing Henk, can you please tell me that what is that tower on the top (middle) of the rock on the right side?
jhm (153716) 2006-07-12 7:29
U bent een fantatisch fotograaf, hoe u dit zover kan krijgen is voor mij een wonder, dit is topklasse man, hoeveel kleuren hier door elkaar spelen dit is gewoon een schitterende foto en met een 5D toestel, ik heb het origineel bekeken en geloof mij, hij is beter dan 85% wat men ziet op TE.
Floydian (30970) 2006-07-12 9:18
Je weet dat ik groot voorstander ben van zware diepe kleuren. Polariseren is altijd bijna een must bij mij indien mogelijk.
Ik ga dus voor deze, daar hoef ik niet lang overna te denken. Enig puntje is dat ik deze lucht er iets minder geschikt voor vind. Was een grijsgradatie filter niet wat sterker geweest?
Dragonheart (8414) 2006-07-12 10:01
Beautiful well saturated colours have made this capture very interesting. Good POV, I love the sky....Is it PP?
Cretense (68703) 2006-07-12 10:02
Incredible "unreal" landscape, Henk, like a trip to Mars. I am glad I've "met" you because you are one of the best photographers in TE (definitely in the top-10)
carper (96) 2006-07-12 10:37
he geheel wat anders van u Henk.
Dit is erg mooi, goede kleuren, mooie lijnen welke uitstekend met elkaar samenwerken tot een prachtig geheel. Buiten de foto's van de mensen ben ik eigenlijk ook best wel geinterresseerd in het landschap, goed werk Henk
sayan (2617) 2006-07-12 10:59
A frightening thing that happened yesterday.. My condolence for all the families too. A cowardly thing by those who think that taking innocent lives will serve their cause.
Regarding this image, I would say this is typical Henk signature composition! A lovely surreal landscape with wonderful clarity, saturated colours and wonderful contrast! First of all I thought this one is not from India! That obviously is due to my poor knowledge on that particular place!
kensimage (8565) 2006-07-12 11:32
A very colorful shot, Henk. The people in the distance definitely do provide some scale! Regarding that dangerous road, life just seems to be accepted as riskier in poorer societies that cannot afford the cost of precautions. The colors are very natural for a late-evening long exposure (except perhaps for the sky)--was a lot of PP involved? I agree that the natural one is better for this scene. Regards, Ken.
AnimeshRay (9089) 2006-07-12 12:14
It is a terrific vista and very good description of this rugged terrain, but I have problems with the postprocessing...I think the colors are too saturated and the noise reduction software may have done something strange to the sky. The rims of the canyon show a bit of pixillated fringe too. Wonderful vista.
[bomb blast: what a terrible thing! But I am glad that the city has matured to the extent that it has gone back to work and there has not been repraisals]
Jeronimo (1382) 2006-07-12 12:25
Very nice colours in this picture. I enjoy the composition.
delkoo (68) 2006-07-12 14:48
a beautiful landscape as usual, i am impresss by the differents colours of the rock, you sign again a great shot
avigur_11 (22099) 2006-07-12 19:22
Have you notices this balloon in the sky, Henk? Wondeful contrast in this image, and also wondeeful colors.
I like this version more than the "softer" one. If you have a dramtic landscape, it is very good to keep it dramatic.
blakitan (1311) 2006-07-12 20:31
Great picture. Color saturation works fine in my eyes.
chaity (1539) 2006-07-12 23:47
Hi Henk, what a breathtaking sight from this huge place. Nice to have some people as comparison but can hardly see them.
I prefer the original color as the emulated one, the moon looks a bit weird.
Luan (12971) 2006-07-13 4:16
ooh, it's not a terrestrian landscape...it's an amazing PP you have applied on the photograph, it's impressive.
summersun (4978) 2006-07-13 4:31
no no no Henk, I don't even recognize the place !!! I almost thought it was a paradise resort for rich western tourists :)
with a pure blue swimming pool at the bottom. I don't really like what the polarizer made here, maybe I would think it's nice if I hadn't seen it for real.
you forgot to mention you almost got stuck with the motorbike on the little path with Luan's weight ;)
Graal (102928) 2006-07-13 15:22
interesting landscape, great palette of strong colours, good POV and composition. I like it a lot.
thaprem (2558) 2006-07-14 2:31
Great canyon in Madurai!!!! :)) Only Clint Eastwood & Gregory peck are missing!!! :))
Jokes apart, this is a dramatic shot!...
Where do you get locate such locations with such strange time of the day to find such fantastic light!.
Pity to look at teh reality in the continum shot showing it to be a Quarried burrow!.
pablominto (53746) 2006-07-14 9:00
Interesting landscape with some outstanding rock formations!
Subject is well framed, and I like the lines in the composition and the effective perspective...
Great warm lighting, wonderful deep blue sky!
robiuk (10807) 2006-07-14 9:36
Extra colour contrast and saturation + use of emulator & script created a vibrant photo that is pleasure to view.
I agree, the sky here is a bit over the top, but still goes well with the way the rest of the scene is rendered.
kermit350 (9016) 2006-07-15 3:57
Hello Henk, it is superb tone framing, pretty blow of?il to perceive this colour gradation on these polished rocks, as of the approach that you made some, in order to obtain this original result, this before plan is very very pleasant and makes this image quite dynamic, this procession attracts the glances towards the bottom of the image and it is effective, as well as the effect of polarizing, sincerely
Didi (60588) 2006-07-15 11:47
Sincèrement je préfère sans filtre; l'image est plus naturelle, à moins de diminuer le bleu; je n'arrive pas à le faire sur l'image compressée.
Question paysage, c'est une très bonne composition avec une bonne profondeur.
Je compatis sincèrement pour les innocentes victimes de l'attentat.
magdaj (1111) 2006-07-27 7:43
Wonderful, amazing colors.
A lot of details.
Regards & smile:)
ozgurzeyhan (0) 2006-07-27 13:33
Tebrikler... Çok güzel...
Congratulations... It is Beautiful...
- Copyright: oochappan as (oochappan) (16171)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-02-10
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D, 24-70mm f/2.8L, RAW
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): 3 Days In Madurai... [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-07-12 3:26