The belltower of the 17th century church of San Fransisco de Paula, in Uquía - deep in the Quebrada de Humahuaca: a UNESCO World Heritage area in the north-west of Argentina. I did use a polarising filter to deal with the midday conditions, but the background hill really is that colour (see 'Seven' earlier in my portfolio for another example from the Quebrada).
As for the title: the church contains nine 17th century paintings of Angeles Arcebuseros - which were brought from Cusco during the Spanish colonial era, when this part of Argentina was an important part of the silver route from Alta Peru to Asuncion.
The Angeles are dressed in Spanish colonial costumes and most of them are carrying guns or contemporary weaponry.
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Bournazel (0) 2010-10-02 13:37
a really well contrasted picture ! I love the red/pink colors of the Mountains, very unusual, deep blue and bright white chapel
PixelTerror (0) 2010-10-02 13:53
Went to the Quebrada long ago but can't remember this one, maybe they built it in the mean time... ah OK we're not in Hong Kong here ;-) the little church is standing out well from the surrounding colors and the overall impression is very luminous
Have a nice day JY
chris04stop (6805) 2010-10-02 15:02
A very nice image, my dear, beautiful colours. And your note...really a masterpiece! Ah, the angels with the guns...wonderful! E bravooo!!
AKITA (15125) 2010-10-02 18:35
white bell tower looks so vivid and surrealistic against deep blue, firing red and suggestive silver colors of splendid back view,
the angels in paintings never know the history there,
your very artistic cropping of beautiful autumn scene,
thank you for your excellent picture,
s_lush (16134) 2010-10-02 23:58
These colorful mountains are a very well contrasting background for the white bell-tower. Excellent presentation of such an important historic place!
Dashab (2564) 2010-10-03 0:22
It is the colourful mountains against the blue sky and the bright white of the tower that drew my attention to your picture, and also its name. Your note is very informative, sounds like an interesting place!
Thanks for sharing and have a nice Sunday,
agulberk (3794) 2010-10-03 1:23
When I see your photos named "seven" and "Guns and Angels",I am impressed and I remembered following writing excerpt from Collection of Risale-i Nur
"Thus, Paradise is a flower. The face of the earth is also a flower. Mountains is a flower, And spring is a flower. The heavens are a flower, while the stars are the gilded embroideries of that flower. And the sun is a flower, while the seven colours in its light are the flower's embroidered colours. The universe is a beautiful and huge human being, in the same way that each human being is a miniature universe. "
Thanks for your sharing these wonderful photos
jlbrthnn (76037) 2010-10-03 5:15
The incredible colors of the background emphasize the shape and the bright color of this bell-tower. It is an image balanced and of great quality. Congratulations.
Cheer for also dancing the Argentinian tango, as I could note it on your photograph of presentation. I like the Argentinian tango that I practice in Montpellier and in all the South of France.
yeln (11516) 2010-10-03 8:07
izjemna fotografija, polna močnih in kontrastnih barv.
meni je več! TFS! lepo popoldne elim, vojko
dta (74765) 2010-10-03 8:12
Hello Iain ,
Excellent effect of this white cgurch tower , against an incredibe red and brown back ground . An appealing picture , no doubt .
marietom (34609) 2010-10-03 9:48
Jolies couleurs dans le fond, qui mettent bien en valeur ce toit.
BluSimo (9392) 2010-10-03 10:37
also the white appears as a violent color here, in this landscape by the incredible tones. but the red one of mountains behind is amazing and much beautiful one. I like your choice to insert only a part of the bell tower, thus you have tightened the image on the forms and the contrasts. pity not to see these angels gunmen..:-0
thanks for this new interesting photo Iain
have a nice day
ciakgiak (30427) 2010-10-03 15:16
I think that the composition is perfect, you created a magnificent scenery, the colors are really pleasant, the quality is excellent. Congratulations and TFS.
jafadabret (56501) 2010-10-03 23:18
Cette photo est très forte tant pour le contraste que pour les couleurs. J'aime également l'opposition entre la géométrie du clocher et l'exubérance de l'environnement.
Graal (101674) 2010-10-03 23:28
amazing contrast, white belltower and dark background with the colourful hills and sky. Good informations about the church. Well done photo.
Have a nice day.
dkmurphys (55801) 2010-10-03 23:40
A very interesting capture here. Amazing red soil, never seen such a think. The white chapel tower gives the best contrast for a picturesque composition. Well done.
kordinator (20453) 2010-10-04 0:59
Veri interesting white bell tower.
It is the colourful mountains against the blue sky.
A very nice image,beautiful colors.
Nice composition and presentation.
Ricx (13495) 2010-10-04 7:02
Hi Iain, stunning- extremely well framed with the bare branches and then the lovely different tones of the reddish and pinkish mountains.. an excellent POV with the green tones on the LHS.. Great note. TFS Rich
zeynepe (0) 2010-10-04 7:08
I like your POV how you add the white chapel in your shot.
Deep blue sky looks spelndid.
jemaflor (93121) 2010-10-04 11:30
Well framed with a great contrast effect with this white on these colourful landscape, well managed.
jhm (148626) 2010-10-05 5:11
The red dark color of the trees is wonderful.
Also the small chapel with the bell in the tower.
Sharpness and clarity are wonderful.
Nice depth and perspective.
Very well done, TFS.
Urs (14082) 2010-10-06 4:04
Beautiful contrasts with vibrant color hues, especially this red is incredible. Fine composition.good photo job. Thanks for your critique
Kielia (24077) 2010-10-15 5:33
a very fascinating view that is very well composed with dramatic contrasts.
Your note is very interesting too. Guns and angels, good and evil, it is all in the human beings nature. I wonder what this scenery looks like in a gentle light.
Angshu (56748) 2010-10-25 9:29
The first thing which struck me when I saw this picture was the colour of the hill. Then I saw your earlier post! Left me wondering aloud & strong what a great artist nature is! Just one question : Why are the locations at the top different?
Needless to say I love this picture! Focussing on the bell tower of the church & placement off-centre was a good compositional idea, against those amazing hills! Fine work, as a photograph as well as in the spirit of TE! I learnt something new today!
clic (16596) 2010-10-25 12:54
Your campanile appears as a jewel displayed in a red velvet showcase and protected by means of an anti-theft prickly device!
Quite a charming view, indeed!
jmdias (61204) 2010-10-27 2:06
it is a marvelous view, the crop is perfect with these nude branches, the white shapes of the tower and the colored slopes ahead. perfect job with light . a very beautiful image. TFS
adramad (43063) 2010-10-29 5:58
Genial este plano cerrado con el bonito contraste del blanco campanario y esos sorprendentes colores de las montañas, muy interesante la nota que explica muy bien un titulo que en principio sorprendia. Un excelente trabajo.
Te deseo un buen fin de semana.
Fis2 (93709) 2010-10-29 12:18
I like colors and light.
siolaw (38292) 2010-10-31 12:28
The compo is nice here with off centered subject and a stunning background of superb mountains colour and a deep blue sky.
kiks (11785) 2010-11-04 12:02
The color of the bg mountains realy make this a very special image. I love the crop you made.
delpeoples (56722) 2010-11-08 1:24
Hi Iain, I can almost feel the heat from that strong Argentinian sunshine. Wow what colours, and great use of the CPL filter. The sky is amazing, a cobalt almost worthy of a Blue Hour tone. As usual your accompanying Note is excellent and interesting to read. A great combination, TFS and have a happy day, Lisa
sacavem (18620) 2010-11-12 15:09
Vibrant color hues with excessive post-processing.Measurements of photo "644px × 415px" is not attractive. The idea of the composition is good, but the quality of the photograph is to desire. With the time you will make better :)
foozi (7101) 2010-11-18 6:09
such a special shot. The branches really gives a stunning graphical composition. The colour contrast of the white building indeed very effective. i like the red hill in the background as it enhances the colour composition.
Very intense and rich blue sky that present a wonderful presentation.
m (0) 2010-11-18 13:03
I like the colors and lines in this shot. A very eye-catching palette. Lovely image and interesting note.