This photo was recorded in the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia (pronounced as Usuaia, because h is not pronounced in Spanish) on the Tierra del Fuego.
Tierra del Fuego translates literally as the Land of Fire. Below I give you the true explanation of the origin of this name. I have, however, my own theory: In the evening when I have landed on Tierra del Fuego the sky was indeed on fire. Both sunsets which we have seen on Tierra del Fuego were colourful, dramatic and spectacular.
This photo was taken in the Ushuaia harbour located in the town center. To reach this particular viewpoint I had to jump through a barrier to a place which was labelled as peligro (dangerous). I managed to take one shot and I heard that my wife warns me that a guard is approaching so I ran.
Ushuaia has an amazing setting at the foothills of high mountains (over 2000m), its streets are steeper than in San Francisco. It is closer from Ushuaia to Antarctica (about 1200km) than to the capital Buenos Aires (over 3000km) therefore it is a port of departure for cruises to Antarctica. Cheapest tickets for such cruises start from 3000USD plus 500USD tax, not counting the ticket to get to Ushuaia.
Tierra del Fuego (Spanish for "Land of Fire") is an archipelago off the southernmost tip of the South American mainland, across the Strait of Magellan. The archipelago consists of a main island Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego divided between Chile and Argentina with an area of 48,100 km2 (18,572 sq mi), and a group of smaller islands including Cape Horn.
The name Tierra del Fuego derives from the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan sailing for the Spanish Crown, who was the first European to visit these lands in 1520. He believed he was seeing the many fires (fuego in Spanish) of the Yaghan, which were visible from the sea and that the "Indians" were waiting in the forests to ambush his armada. Originally called the "Land of Smoke," it was later changed to "Land of Fire."
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SWEETFREEDOM (20552) 2010-12-08 5:22
well it seems to be all on fire_! good management of the light and compo.
francio64 (38256) 2010-12-08 5:31
immagine dall'atmosfera incredibilmente romantica e sognante.
Ottimo l'inserimento della nave, in quanto dona dinamicitŕ alla scena.
svefay (804) 2010-12-08 5:35
you're at the end of the world!
very nice light, good shot...
eldancer1 (22367) 2010-12-08 5:58
Beautiful and fiery seascape. I like the glow of the colors as the sunset. I like your pov and it has a good dof with sharp details. Well done, tfs.
ciakgiak (30395) 2010-12-08 6:33
this is a magic atmosphere! You composed a painting, not a photo :-))
The light of the sun is really superb, the colors are fantastic.
The surface of the sea have a great effect, and the ship is in perfect position!
Congratulations for this masterpiece.
timecapturer (40144) 2010-12-08 7:01
wonderfully created image, such a richness to the whole scene. Great composition against a truly magnificent sky and backdrop. Wonderful! - I love it!
Regards - Brian D.
stevesaba (8023) 2010-12-08 7:58
Tierra del Fuego...Wow...the end of the continent I believe? A fine sunset photo, great control of the light, and lovely detail on the ship. Very satisfying! Warm regards,
npecanhuk (58152) 2010-12-08 8:10
Wonderful colors in the sky and reflected on the water surface!
Magnficent composition with the by-the-sea elements of USHUAIA!
A very attractive picture! I love it!
TFS - congrats,
wojtpod (774) 2010-12-08 8:33
Zdjęcie nadaje się do ramki i na ścianę. Piękne kolory, znakomity klimat.
yquem46 (37412) 2010-12-08 8:34
Well, tierra de fuego, one can say that at least on this image it deserves well its name !
Well composed with the boat at the right place
Have a nice evening
mauro61 (52623) 2010-12-08 9:19
uno spettacolo i colori e la definizione di questa immagine.
Bella e profonda l'inquadratura,
BluSimo (9392) 2010-12-08 9:52
what a photo! the many shadings of warm light have created indeed a fire flare, to make honor to the name that this place has. the boat that is moving towards the horizon is of great and evocative beauty. compliments.
have a nice evening
emka (67183) 2010-12-08 10:06
Wow, wow, wow, rzeczywiście Ziemia Ognista. Co za kolory, fantastyczne zdjecie. Poświata na wodzie, niebo w ogniu i ten statek daja razem efekt niebywały. Trochę żałuję, że nie starczyło nam czasu na Ushuaię, ale w Punta Arenas, które jest najbardziej na południe połozonym miastem na kotynencie, tez bylo ciekawie. No i niedaleko były pingwiny :)). Te atrakcje są zblizone w Chile i Argentynie. Zamiast Kanalu Beagle'a płynęłam przez ciesninę Magellana.
Juz teraz nie pamiętam, skąd ta nazwa Ziemia Ognista. Cos czytałam Indianach, którzy nie uzywali ubrań i palili ogniska. W każdym razie potem była straszna masakra tych Indian, biali polowali na nich jak na zwierzęta. A chcieli tam po prostu hodować owce.
rodgerg (55767) 2010-12-08 10:14
Excellent view of this magic place. Very well coloured shot, in the sky, but too in the sea with the reflections. The boat give an interesting human life in this particulary athmospher. Great depht too.
Have a nice evening,
bartekp (4672) 2010-12-08 10:50
Naprwdę ogniste zdjęcie, bardzo ładnie uchwycony statek z dobrze widocznymi detalami mimo że światło już było późne. Opłacało się przeskoczyć barierę :)
raszid62 (18583) 2010-12-08 11:57
Piękna i romantyczna zatoka, rzeczywiście w ognistych barwach. Statek pięknie uzupełnia kompozycję. Wspaniałe niebo i odbicie na pomarszczonej tafli morza.
Kompozycja jest naprawdę cudowna.
danos (80226) 2010-12-08 12:26
great the view of the sunset with the colour tints of the sky to steal the show.The existence of the ship placed in a good position in the frame and the Ushuaia to be seen on the far end of the horizon.Informative your note about the most southern city of the world.Well done.
ifege (9943) 2010-12-08 12:48
This photo really lives up to the name of the island. Great colour. The boat is a crucial element too.
adramad (32807) 2010-12-08 13:15
Well, certainly in view of this wonderful image well you can understand the title of "Land of Fire."
The POV is great with the image of the ship and the magnificent skyline with the mountains and the city that appear to be devoured by fire.
Sensational handling of light, to say the color, the better. Very well done.
Fis2 (78728) 2010-12-08 14:08
Bardzo przyjemny landszafcik.
Fota robi wrazenie.
worldcitizen (6019) 2010-12-08 14:44
Wow! Another stunning view from your South America trip. The golden colors here are beautiful, and I like the way they are in both the sky and the water. The ship in the harbor is very interesting, too; I like the masts, and the way it seems to lean to the right. Another wonderful presentation. :-)
Sonata11 (31871) 2010-12-08 18:14
przecudne zdjecie, ktore mozna oprawic w ramke. Super balans kolorow, super ostrosc. Atmosfera tego zdjecia jest niesamowita. Zdjecia jak z bajki. SUPER!!!!!!
Bardzo, bardzo mi sie podoba. Gratulacje.
s_lush (16128) 2010-12-08 22:13
This beautiful picture from the very word's end is highly impressive and exciting indeed. The composition is optimal to show that this is a real Land of Fire. Excellent light, wonderful warm colors and, as usual, ideal quality!
yeln (11504) 2010-12-08 23:39
tudi jaz moram priznati, da mi je tvoja galerija več in da se vidi resnično profesionalno delo!
odlične in večne barve, ki jih z veseljem pogledam!
lep dan, vojko
josepmarin (57065) 2010-12-08 23:55
A sky with a few extraordinary tonalities, caught from a "dangerous" POV as you say in your note.
The sight of the port and of the impressive landscape is really beautiful, and the ship adds a good graphical complement to the composition.
An excellent work with the exposure.
Well done, my friend.
TopGeo (38126) 2010-12-09 1:31
Mariusz!Hello!Impresses your picture! I liked the sentimental atmosphere that gives upset hard opposition! Impresses the boat the only chromatic!!! and strong yellow BG and heat background in sky and sea gives the good result
federico (1695) 2010-12-09 3:47
HI MARIUSZ great picture here very interesting subject and warm colors, perfect timing and POV also
macjake (48245) 2010-12-09 6:23
you're a lucky lucky man, and a dangerous man too! you never want to get in trouble with the law in these type of countries - look out my friend!
but i guess it was worth it :)
turned out to be a wonderful photo to have in your personal gallery.
far into the background you can even see some buildings, but the main focus here is the sun and the large boat that has tremendous visual appeal.
splendid workmanship in the photo, amazing atmosphere you captured
vasilpro (40685) 2010-12-09 9:36
Superb composition, lovely color tones, excellent light management, very nice POV, worth the risk!
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
barrufeto_77 (28876) 2010-12-09 15:45
Wowwwwwwwwwwwwww! The colours in the sky are amazing! Excellent.
And the detail of the ship is also good.
AKITA (15125) 2010-12-09 21:10
the world looks really like burning here,
a beautiful view shot of the orange scenery,
and the ship looks also dramatic between illusionary sky and sea,
still and stimulating atmosphere is fine in this artistic composition,
thank you for your excellent shot,
siolaw (37642) 2010-12-09 22:36
The mood is just finely reproduced here with right light balance and a superb marine compo.
I saw there was a big scare yesterday there with a huge passenger boat....!
jafadabret (56497) 2010-12-09 23:41
Tu as tout fait pour que la Terre de Feu soit pour toi la Terre de Feu ŕ volonté !
Ta photo est superbe mais ne prends pas des risques inconsidérés pour une photo. J'aime les couleurs de feu sur mer et dans le ciel. Le bateau est bien placé pour accrocher le regard.
hispic (9619) 2010-12-09 23:45
What a beautiful tone, it looks like having been photographed with a large format camera. Luminous impression of the afterglow has been perfectly depicted. Superb work!
Best wishes, Hisashi
Urs (14082) 2010-12-10 0:17
That is a very intense shot full of the colorful drama of the sunset. Excellent reflection of the sunset in the water. The steamer adds the highlight to the shot. Well done.
delpeoples (50259) 2010-12-10 3:55
This is simply superb, there is nothing I can think of to contructively criticise it. I wish I had taken it. The pink tones and luminosity make this photo spectacular, as good as if not better than what most most professional photographers could produce. The positioning of the boat, the light and the amazing contrast are all super. Thanks for sharing, this is such a pleasure to critique.
Have a good weekend
andywo (4703) 2010-12-10 10:38
Ushuaia to chyba ostatnie miasto na kontynecie pld. Ameryki, Twoja praca znakomicie oddaje klimat tego ciekawego miejsca. Wydaje mi sie ze o tej porze powinna byc tam wiosna a tu widze zasniezone gory w tle. Swietne ujecie i kolory. Miales wspaniala wyprawe.
jlbrthnn (79791) 2010-12-10 12:10
Good evening Mariusz,
The boat with him all alone creates a great part of the charm of this photograph. It is very well placed. The sky and the light are splendid, and especially the color of the sea. It is a true painting. Congratulations.
Have a good evening
danyy (0) 2010-12-10 23:36
une photo qui mérite incontestablement son succčs, les couleurs y sont de ręve, les lumičres en contre jour difficile, parfaitement réglées. Un paysage qui recčle sa part de mystčre et d'enchantement, justement ŕ cause de cette gestion des luminosités.
Beaucoup de profondeur aussi.
Un excellent week end.
Angshu (53653) 2010-12-11 22:41
A delightful picture. The sky is sure on fire, like the couple of clouds floating in the fiery heavens! The reflection on the water works well & the trawler creates a good & strong focal point. Thanks for your notes as well...a pleasure to read as always!
Zuzana_Stefkova (995) 2010-12-12 14:37
this one is also spectacular and really stands for its name and represent a place ... Great colours, excellent clouds and atmosphere of the end of the world.
On our trip to Argentina, we did not go that far south, maybe next time :)
Have a great evening,
jemaflor (76536) 2010-12-13 10:53
incredible light, so lovely effect. The composition is well balanced with this old boat, well managed, tfs.
kordinator (14805) 2010-12-14 5:00
Wonderful seascape composition.
Amazing motive,wonderful place.
A well balanced composition with good details, with the ship in the middlegound and mountains in the background as the main elements.
Fantastic golden and orange colors of skz and water.
Longroute (19392) 2010-12-15 13:48
Maybe it's because I'm fond of seascape or because I love ships but to me this is a masterpiece! What a light you have captured!
They call this place the end of the world and surely this photo of yours shows it well!!! The sky is on fire and the sea looks liquid gold... simply fantastic. Never seen such a colours in the sky. And you framed the scene very well creating an harmonious composition.
Well done my friend, well done!
Juntas (7958) 2010-12-20 2:02
Hi Mariusz. This would be a perfect picture for the tobacco filter. The title and the scene go very well with the place's name. Colors are very nice and composition is great with the shipbalancing the image. Great depth and sharpness. Well done.
Have a nice day.
hardyuno (4650) 2011-01-18 12:59
I like this one, it reminds of old times with this burning sky and the soft tones (fantastic light).
The sky is really amazing, wow! Great work.
kennyblack (4207) 2012-05-13 10:23
This beautiful picture is not only ... a photo but a true work of 'art. An awesome explosion of lights and colors and incredible sharpness. You are a true artist and photos to prove it. Thanks for having shared.
Greetings, have a nice evening ... Marino
Noel_Byrne (16131) 2012-09-16 9:23
Amaging image, like a volcano exploding, or perhaps Frodo and the gang sailing to Mordor. Beautiful lighting in the sky makes this look quite otherworldly.
fritzi007 (179) 2012-11-20 4:47
eine schöne Landschaft von Feuerland, mit sehr guten Kommentar, wirklich sehenswert, gratuliere!
ikeharel (46880) 2013-01-03 8:13
Good evening Mariusz,
Not always we can wait to choose a better weather, like indicated on your note - but luck is one good element needed for a beautiful picture: you were there in an exquisite moment, and managed a double meaning with this title.
Fabulous shot, the boat gave a dynamic tone and scale to the whole.
- Copyright: Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) (28017)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-11-11
- Categories: Daily Life, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS Kiss X4, Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, Cokin Grad ND8
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: Patagonia 2010
- Date Submitted: 2010-12-08 5:17
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