From Buenos Aires we first went north to the Iguazu Falls, before going to our main destination (Patagonia). The journey from Buenos Aires to the town of Puerto Iguazu (near the falls) was made by nightbus. It took us 17 hours to get there, but the bus was very comfortable, so we enjoyed the trip very much.
This picture was taken from a helicopter flight over the falls. It shows the main part of the falls: the "Garganta del Diablo" or in English the "Devil's Throat". The helicopters take off from a small heliport on the Brazilian side and after paying 60 dollars you will get a 10-minute flight. Although this is not the cheapest way to see the falls, the views are absolutely stunning. It is however quite difficult to get good pictures, because just when you want to take a shot, the pilot decides to turn away. And the helicopter is shaking all the time, so it's difficult to keep your camera steady. I think this picture is pretty okay.
Obviously we also saw the falls from the ground. The Iguazu Falls can be visited from both the Argentina and the Brazil side. To me, the most impressive view was from the edge of the Devil's Throat. It is possible to walk over footbridges to cross the river to the edge of the falls. You can see the bridge on the top of the picture. The view and the sound of the falls is really amazing. Such a lot of natural power and energy, absolutely stunning.
Tech: the slide was scanned with a Minolta Dimage Scan Dual III. No cropping, just a tiny little playing with levels and of course USM.
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billabongx (1585) 2005-01-20 12:06
If I think that last years I lost to visit this falls I'm sad!
I was near... but the time was not enough. compliment for sharing this photo!
pamela (619) 2005-01-20 12:17
So good shot! It looks like "devil´s throat" indeed.
I can see a rainbow on it.
Thanks for posting, good share, amazing one.
MiguelP (14470) 2005-01-20 12:22
Fantastic view, Michael. But far from the POV I like the composition, the contrast as well as the rainbow you´ve picked up in this photo. The title is very well chosen also. Gracias desde Madrid.
Jeppe (18654) 2005-01-20 12:57
Wow - amazing view you got here - the airborne photo gives us the best angle possible - I like the rainbow and the action
carper (96) 2005-01-20 14:16
Leuk Michael, goed weer eens wat van je te zien. Prachtig shot, goede compositie,indrukwekkende foto, goede diepte, ptachtige kleuren, goed werk.
LaurentM (313) 2005-01-20 15:58
Impressive point of view !
jpages (1670) 2005-01-20 16:03
It seems that somebody has bitten the Earth! really it had to be difficult, all in movement, but you did it very well. Thanks for showing us this beautiful view! Best regards Michael.
nwoehnl (122) 2005-01-20 16:14
Hi Michael. I think that given the shooting circumstances on the helicopter that you describe in your note, this photo is not only an excellent result, but also an ideal illustration of the name of these awe-inspiring falls. The power of the cascades is well conveyed, and the rainbow effect is a very nice add. Great shot.
I think you need to edit your camera information; looking at the film info in the techs and at the "slide was scanned" reference in your note, it can't have been the D70 ;-)
Rinie_Hoff (9340) 2005-01-20 17:52
This is stunning, Michael! The complete overview, and the colours, the rainbow and especially the PoV, make it a fine picture to look at. The including of the bridge gives a real good feeling of scale. The low hanging clouds perfectly hide the end of the picture, that adds to the feeling of overwhelming and never ending nature.
robiuk (10807) 2005-01-20 18:12
Stunning view, Michael. And you managed to catch that rainbow over the waterfall.
And I love the colour of the water at the edge, just before the falldown!
Isabelle (9046) 2005-01-20 19:57
oh, my, anything in that park is sooooooooooo expensive, Michael!
great catch and considering the conditions you described, it is really fine.
ah, the rainbows... i went there in 2001, and my friend was amazed with them... everywhere you turn, there is a rainbow...
looking forward to the following ones.
SophieL (6038) 2005-01-21 4:39
"Pretty okay", you bet! This is an impressive view. The water falling, the mist, the rainbow, really nice. We can almost hear the sound. Thanks for sharing.
bertolucci (13362) 2005-01-21 5:03
Wow, this is stunning capture of this from this perspective very aptly titled waterfall. It looks like a giant hole in the earth were the water cascades in and is returned in the form of water vapor, caused by unbound forces. Colours are great and the framing is very judicious.
jurgen (2074) 2005-01-23 7:39
The only thing I couldn't do when I visited this waterfalls was the helicopter ride, so viewing your picture, I think I'll go back again and do that ride.
As to what Isabelle wrote, I was there in 2001 and 2002. Brazilian side was always good-priced, though Argentinian was expensive in 2001 (in 2002 was really cheap). But, although it was expensive, it was worth the price paid.
I've read some years ago in Photo Magazine, that when shooting from a moving aircraft, a short focal distance rendered pictures better than a longer one.
Another angle of these same falls can be seen here, in a more down-to-earth view (don't forget to check out the panorama).
flydragon (0) 2005-01-25 16:28
Michael this picture is incredible
and show how the earth is beautifull
this is a real pleasure to watch this pics ;o)
Ina (2687) 2005-02-19 14:29
Nice picture showing these fantastic waterfalls from a very special angel... I was there in september 2004 and waw... it is truly amazing...
I love your warm colors and the rainbow in your picture... TFS...
capthaddock (28790) 2005-03-19 10:46
Hello Michael - This is very nice, great rainbow colours on the falls. When I visited (1998)the walkways and bridges were closed because of flood damage, I'm glad they're open again.
fayeulle (27827) 2005-08-01 6:39
Very nice and impressive shot from ariel.
I have ever seen Victoria and Niagara Falls. Iguaçu should be the next ones.
rafelito (3648) 2005-08-28 2:27
Se aprende que existen muchas posibilidades para un hacer buenas fotos, a pesar de las contrariedades.
ngythanh (8582) 2006-01-15 11:34
You stated that "The helicopters take off from a small heliport on the Brazilian side". Please indicate if we must obtain Brazil Visa in order to trek from Argentina side to the heli-pad?
Thanks for the helpful note.
johnnyh (639) 2006-02-13 6:24
Great POV Michael, and I think you have done really well with the sharpness considering you were taking it from a helicopter with those conditions. Also very interesting notes, thanks for sharing regards John.
rajhema (1873) 2006-06-27 15:22
perfect name and "Stunning" is a right word to describe it Michael.
- Copyright: Michael Gan (Michael_Gan) (2776)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-11-17
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon F70, AF Nikkor 28-105, Fuji Sensia 100, B+W UV
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- Travelogue: To the end of the world...
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- Date Submitted: 2005-01-20 11:56
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