Cataratas Foz Do Iguaçu
Huge does not come close to describing this wall of water. It is a place where you stand in awe of the power of nature. Cataratas do Iguaçu, Iguassu Falls, are one of the natural wonders of the world. They plunge over 3 kilometers (2 miles) of very steep rocky cliffs in an unending wall of spray pouring a cascade of more than 6.5 million liters (1.7 million gallons) of water per second. At the heart of this unforgettable sight is the Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat) pictured here.
In the rainy season there can be as many as 350 falls. Imagine the roar of the water here at the bend in the Iguassu River where the borders of Argentina and Brazil meet. Iguassu Falls are taller than Niagara and wider than Victoria. The story goes when Eleanor Roosevelt first saw the falls, she said, “Poor Niagara.”
Dense lush jungle surrounds the falls. Here in the tropical sun and atmosphere full of moisture, the jungle grows at a rapid pace. Tall pine trees grow in two decades rather than the seven it takes in a cold climate such as Norway. By the falls and along the trails, rainbows, sapphire colored humming birds and clouds of butterflies stand out against the the red soil. You might see monkeys, deer, lizards and toucans if you are lucky.
This is my second post of Iguassu and just a slightly different view than my first post. It is such a magnificent place, I keep revisiting my photographs from there and wanting to share them.
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Aliskt (0) 2009-04-04 14:55
Amazing View ,dreamy and splendid
thanks for Sharing your useful notes about this View,excellent capture of a good photographer,dreamy reflection
regards and compliments
quesada7 (249) 2009-04-04 15:42
Excelent picture, I like it very much.
Nice use of light and good use of exposure.
HondeR (876) 2009-04-04 15:44
Just say amazing... and would love to see the place or shoot some...
windosil (1158) 2009-04-04 15:57
Wow! No wonder you kept shooting. It's a superb photo too. Subtle shades in the water, good saturation for the greenery. And sharp.
bakes888 (18499) 2009-04-04 19:15
Hi Betty. Very impressive! You have captured an excellent depth in this shot with the sharp FG and misty BG. Nice light and colours also. Thanks for sharing.
Have a good Sunday, Paul.
euryan (8440) 2009-04-04 19:18
I've always wanted to visit these falls. Perhaps someday :) For now I will just have to settle for looking at your awesome photograph. The light is really well captured and I like the composition. The mist is amazing and really gives the photo depth. The grassy rocks in the middle of the frame are almost jumping out of the photograph. Nice shot.
batalay (39131) 2009-04-04 22:02
It is an astonishing photograph of an astonishing view. I can imagine your excitement in seeing the place, hearing the thunderous roar, and feeling the mist. The wild grass growing on patches of terrain against the mist makes this a truly memorable site. Of course, the patch of cerulean blue in the sky creates a surrealistic view. Have a rejuvenating Sunday. I hope you will treat us to more images of this wondrous waterfalls.
Atousa (7131) 2009-04-05 3:16
I remember your earlier shot of this wonderful place..this one is also great..it is well composed with very good frame division...amazing nature ..well done n thanks for sharing.
Best regards, A
skippy007 (12510) 2009-04-05 3:43
Hello Betty, My sister & her husband have only recently returned from there, I was made sit through scores of photos ;-) I didn't mind too much because they looked awesome. It is of no wonder to me that you keep revisiting those shots, Mother nature showing all her power in a beautiful setting.
This is a nice shot, capturing that power & beauty in good natural looking colour & excellent light, even if it was somewhat difficult, well managed.
alin-m (3716) 2009-04-05 4:41
npecanhuk (75592) 2009-04-05 5:23
I was there back in march 2008 and there was much less water!
Therefore, your picture turned out to be a bit different from mine because of that! Different but just as amazing (maybe a bit more humid...).
TFS - Congratulations!
lucasgalodoido (22729) 2009-04-05 5:30
another impressive demonstration of power of Iguaçú Falls, and your POV is very good. Great shot.
bona (13737) 2009-04-05 11:29
Great shot Betty. Love the water volume here, I can feel the water crashing on the rocks. The shadow on the botton side was nice it made the waterfall more pretty.
paura (47186) 2009-04-05 14:30
Another great pov from the huge waterfall.
I am thinking if your Canon 40D can get a little wet ... :-)
belido (19934) 2009-04-06 6:44
another well executed classic composition of this wonder. I like your play with the exposure, I see the details of the shadowed area and there is no everexposure in the highlights. Very nice seen!
jmdias (65119) 2009-04-06 17:54
very beautiful pov, the light is special. I liked the mist in the air and that strip of dark clouds in the sky. It is a classical viw but you got to make it different. I think it would be nice to correct the tittle (CATARATAS), the correct name of the municipality is FOZ DO IGUAÇU, not only Iguaçu. This view is a beaty from my homestate, around 400 km far from my home.
danyy (0) 2009-04-06 22:34
tu nolus mets les pieds dans l'eau ici, ces chutes sont moins souvent proposées vues d'en bas et l'idée est excellente, quoique un peu plus fraîche.
On voit bien cette brume persistante.
Jakab (3867) 2009-04-07 6:43
a really fascinating view. The foreground produces the sensation of being directly in the middle of the scene where we can hear (and fear of) the huge mass of falling water. In the WS I send you a modified version where I have brightened the foreground (since the camera could not adapt to teh very differently lighted parts).
sacimar (26641) 2009-04-07 11:09
wow! amazing shot! the place is fantastic, I like the composition with the light and shadow areas, nice job,
delpeoples (58616) 2009-04-08 6:39
Hi Betty, this photo is magnificent. The image is so sharp yet conveys the mist from the falling water so beautifully. I love how you've captured the light too. Thanks for sharing, Lisa
Philippe (11836) 2009-04-08 8:03
Hi, Betty. An impressive sight. Water seems to surge from everywhere and your point of view gives us the impression you were standing in the middle of the stream when you took your picture. The green in the foreground contrasts well with the white of the waterfalls. A pity we can't have the roaring sound with the picture.
Have a nice day,
ElAprendiz (30) 2009-04-08 9:25
Always there am saying, someday I will have to go to this beautiful and majestic place.
You have been very lucky to catch a taking like this one. The point of view is extraordinary and the composition is balanced, the cascade radiates much force and the handling of the light, has been very appropriate.
rikko77 (10861) 2009-04-09 3:36
I think you chose a very good POV here that enhances this beautiful landscape.
Have a nice day,
ciakgiak (30431) 2009-04-09 15:07
what impressive cascades and fantastic place must be!
The image is really well realized with a great POV, a perfect exposure and an amazing tonality of green on the FG (please excuse for my english).
My best congratulation for this great photo.
gunbud (34066) 2009-04-09 20:11
What a beautiful capture of this amazing natural wonder.
The great falls are seen in wonderful misty exposure with the lush green tropical foliage seen in brilliant contrast with water and sky.
Beautiful natural colors, sharp details and depth to this natural beauty.
paololg (31448) 2009-04-11 6:57
Ciao dear Betty,
amazing image that shows us the whole beauty of these falls and the power of the nature. Seem to be really in the middle of the water! Have done an excellent work, compliments!
I wish you a happy Easter and a nice w.e.!
Bluejeans (64251) 2009-04-18 2:07
Ola Betty ,
Lindo ponto de visão das Cataratas o barulho da agua a cair deve ser enorme , muito bonita a neblina no ar , ficou fantástico o movimento da agua a cair, parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
axiotea (21651) 2009-04-20 4:54
Those famous falls are really spectacular and the light on it emphasized its beauty. An interesting contrast between the darker FG and illuminated BG. A good sense of depth as well!
bupga (42) 2009-04-30 5:34
this is a great shot Betty, the greens in the front are very pleasing while the bg is so dramatic. Very nice composition. You have stunning images in your gallery and one of them is this one.
Kielia (24077) 2009-05-16 9:46
you really have an exciting and fascinating gallery!
This is a great capture of this famous place with a very beautiful light. Great POV on this dynamic fall, one can even hear the sound of the water. My compliments!
LeeLoo (0) 2009-06-09 5:03
Dear Betty Jones!
Dangerous point of view.
zoomer (6) 2009-10-10 15:12
Hi,after having read your perceptive comment on my posting I looked at your portfolio and I am truly impressed.I don't believe in just returning the favor.This photo struck me as particularly powerful.The way you have the falls rise behind the detailed foreground with the lush tropical green is most effective.Regards Wolf.PS.my sister just came back from there.
Greg1949 (9011) 2010-01-21 4:27
Betty, looking up at these falls makes them feel more massive I think than the down looking view, and this water in the fg makes it seem that they are larger still. Nice handling of the light in this one as well with the dynamic range from deep shadow through open sky and bright clouds, great work.
fabianoleite (11773) 2010-02-19 18:46
Another wonderful shot of this beauty, with excellent inclusion of plants in the foreground. Congratulations!
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2010-07-15 20:14
great falls and you have presented it here nicely with a superb POV. Light management is tough and you succeeded excellently. Great colours and DOF. Like the dramatic sky also. Great catch. Tfs.
kiasari (62) 2011-03-31 18:54
I really like the colors in your shot. You chose a good POV and framing to take this photo. Well done!
- Copyright: Betty Jones (BWJ) (3094)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-01-19
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon 40D, Tamron AF 18-250 1:3.5-6.3 IF MACRO
- Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2009-04-04 14:25