Akdamar island seen from the highest point of the tiny island in Lake Van. The negative was in a horrible state, I used smudge, crop, and neat image to make it better, this was the best I could do to improve it. There was even a fingerprint at the lower right, that was difficult to remove, though the lake water became a little "too neat".
The lake is at 1646m elevation, and covers 3713sq km. I do not know the name of the mountain in the background, but it is definitely not one of the famous volcanoes like Nemrut, Süphan or Ararat. Info on the armenian church from the internet:
The island of Akdamar in Lake Van in Eastern Anatolia is famous for its church, constructed in 915-921 A.D.
With the ascension of Ashot I to the Armenian throne, a renaissance was initiated in Armenian art by the Bagradid dynasty. During the 9th and 10th centuries, numerous churches were built. Rich feudal families started repairing the churches and monasteries on their land. The Bagradid kingdom consolidated its power but at the end of the 9th century they were unable to keep all the Armenian dynasties under their control and found themselves fighting against various feudal families. The Ardsruni princes from the small kingdom of Vaspurakan emerged as the greatest rivals of the Bagradids. The domain of the Ardsrunis, including the lands of their vassals, extended from Mount Ararat in the north to the Lake of Urmia in south-east.
After becoming king of Vaspurakan, Gagik embarked on a large scale construction program, with emphasis on building churches and monasteries, in effect competing against the Bagradid Kingdom. Among monuments built by Gagik, the Church of Akdamar (Aght'amar) is the most famous one, having become subject to various publications.
The name given to the island, Aght'amar, is explained by a well known legend among local population: A nobleman who fell in love with a beautiful girl named Tamar visited the island every night to see her. As he was crossing the lake one stormy night, his boat capsized and fighting the waves, he drowned uttering the words "Ach Tamar". Tamar, awaiting the arrival of her loved one, grieved deeply upon hearing the news of his death and died soon after. Hence, the island was called "Ach Tamar" (Aght'amar) ever since.
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danyy (0) 2005-05-29 11:03
Tu nous as encore découvert un lieu paradisiaque pour les photographes. De l'au, de la verdure, un magnifique ciel bleu des du roc couvert de neige.
Vraiment tous les ingrédients pour une photo parfaite.
Bien à toi.
sengir (4956) 2005-05-29 11:30
stunning view ,the best picture from this place I have ever seen
Paker (2650) 2005-05-29 11:34
Beautiful vista yet again. The colors are just so natural in your pictures.
mpb001 (4602) 2005-05-29 11:40
Nice shot, with a spectacular viewpoint. Color and sharpness is excellent.
AmiBe (6042) 2005-05-29 11:54
Wooooooooow, I like this landscape !
The negative wasn't good ? You are doing a good job, the picture is really good.
The colors are beautiful and natural.
I like the snowy mountain in the background.
toni_al (15875) 2005-05-29 12:15
Superbe image, et formidable cadrage avec une lumière impeccable
twofun (1480) 2005-05-29 12:22
incredible view and color.
Thanks for share it.
Zepi (22848) 2005-05-29 13:10
Magnifique image !
Superbe paysage,très belles couleurs et contrastes!
Merci pour le partage !
alainh (35583) 2005-05-29 13:10
a fantastic perspective, heavy colours, sharpness, a little snow, nice sky with some clouds, and an excelent note. I like a lot.
lucinka (9976) 2005-05-29 14:14
Tan, thank you for reminding me of one places that is on my list to do. East Anatolia has always attracted my attention, especially after travelling through bigger part of south and western Turkey. Nice picture of nice place. L.
Clochette (8076) 2005-05-29 16:34
This is gorgeous, just breathtaking..
Funny how people often have preconceived ideas, I never would have bet this was an image from Turkey.
Thank you for making us travelling with you...
sahmay (1375) 2005-05-29 18:02
Selam Tan bey, Perfect colours and composition. DOF and exposure are also nice. Overall very beautiful landscape capture. Tebrikler.
jpages (1670) 2005-05-29 18:43
Great landscape with a good combination of blue,white and green colours. You really get the best place to photograph it.
Just one puntualization, I don't understand very well the white reflection of the snowed high mountains, it seems to be three peaks but there is only one plus the clouds, maybe it is an effect due to post processing.
See you Tan!
jjbach (9324) 2005-05-29 19:52
Another stunning landscape picture Tan!!
Excellent clarity and wonderful vivid colours. Heavely view!!
MoosicMan (1231) 2005-05-29 21:45
Great shot, Tan, really well rendered. Great composition, good exposure and nice deep blues and greens. Well done!
Leonie (8809) 2005-05-29 23:26
Hi Tan, thanks for this beautiful view..one more out of the many of you! Well done! Cheers! Léonie
PixelTerror (0) 2005-05-30 6:32
Another great landscazpe and clear photo here and with this size the damages you mention are nearly not visible, I like this kind of tongue with the curch on it entering the lake, the majestuous rising moutain in the background balances well the composition, colors are splendid, another hit !
Have a nice day,
donluicu (24724) 2005-05-30 8:56
another great landscape, you have such a great eye to build your picture, helped by this amaing panorama and colors
john_c (24666) 2005-05-30 23:34
Spectacular rendering with first class colour and contrast. What you achieve with your Turkey portfolio, in my view, is tremendous colour and contrast without that overprocessed look. I believe that Paker shares this view. Just a joy to view. Regards.
Kenny10pin (19301) 2005-05-31 10:08
tremedous shot, I like the waters and the two lands, the building at the bottom middle is very nicely included, well done
mumek (20202) 2005-06-03 5:45
What a beautiful view Tan!
I did very good job with this photo.Quality is very good.Everything in this scenery is perfect. Very interesting your note about the island and sad love story. Thanks for posting
sarpedon (352) 2005-06-07 11:14
Bu resmi digerlerinin arasinda kacirmisim. Negatif uzerinde calisilmasina ragmen renkler, netlik super. Kilisenin dag ile kombinasyonu da ayri bir guzellik katmis. Eline saglik.
Joaquin (422) 2005-06-09 12:10
Hola Tan, definitivamente es difícil elegir entre sus fotos la mejor, TODAS SON EXCELENTES. Esta foto es espectacular y me impresiona mucho. Sólo déjame decirte que te falta Costa Rica en la lista de países visitados, y aquí te esperan muy buenas fotos. Además ya tiene un amigo en Costa Rica, bienvenido. Saludos, Joaquin
stefi (1230) 2005-07-14 15:37
Well...if this negative was bad I want to see the good ones ;-).
A perfect photo for a place that gives sense of peace.
rbcy1974 (20758) 2005-08-05 6:19
I can barely notice the bad state of the negative. POV, colours, composition all are excellent. It reminds me of the cover photo in a coffe table book that I bought when I went to Turkey. I went there in September 1999, and I remmeber the grass being yellow, and I was stupid: I never climbed to the top of the hill. ANyway gotta take another trip to turkey with my newly aquired skills.
Jeppe (18654) 2005-08-05 6:51
Sorry - I missed this one (and a lot others :-( better try to keep up a bit.
Amazing view over this landscape which includes: green grass - architecture - water - reflections and mountains with snow - what a place and what a catch - congratulaion and thanks Tan for sharing - a lovely view from your homeland.
h_sedghi (880) 2005-09-11 13:29
hi, i am coming to Van lake,two weeks later,thanks for posting more photo from there.
crystal69 (309) 2005-11-16 8:06
Hi mr.tan it is very bright pic with combination of blue sky, blue water, cloud snow coverd mountain and greeny place as a wide angle shot.really attract me.
fadingstar78 (420) 2005-12-06 12:42
I really wanted to climb this hill but it was closed by a fence, military zone, I think!!!
how did you get past?
seeing your pictures, well. I think I need to go back to van lake with more experience and a better camera.
jbweasle (9373) 2006-05-07 12:46
Hello Tan, this is a very attractive picture and you did well to rescue it. The tiny church is very appealing and the volcano makes for a dramatic beackdrop. I loved eastern Turkey when I visited five years ago but I didn't go to Lake Van. It looks like I should make a return trip to see this awesome sight for myself.
sergio1 (12152) 2006-07-13 4:23
Wonderful place and great work. I like the panoramic compo and the snow mountain. The detail to the litle church is great.
rajhema (1871) 2006-07-27 9:04
Touching story Tan. After all the PP and with your comments, I find the picture is marvelous keeping the rich story behind it. great place to be.
daddo (25136) 2006-08-19 7:52
Hi Tan. I looked at some of your many photos and found these from the remote areas that most of us can only read about. you have done a marvellous job on this product from a slide. The colours are superb and the light is stunning. Such clarity, even into the far distance. Beautiful. Regards. Klaudio
giritli (419) 2006-10-29 1:10
lukesumpter (23) 2011-09-02 13:20
An amazing photo and a beautiful landscape. Great colors and so much to looks at. Well done!
ryno (6863) 2011-09-02 13:38
Oh wow, great shot Tan. I love the mellow reflection on the water. I posted a couple of pictures taken from the same vantage point (one taken in mid-winter, one in July), but I like yours better. I think you just climbed a little higher up the hill than I was. Beautiful!