Valparaiso, Chile is a city built upon a series of steep hills overlooking a harbor. Many of these hills are so steep that simple roads would be impossible; in those spots, Valparaiso instead has a series of ascensors, or funicular railways, to ferry pedestrians from harborside inland. This one, the southernmost, is called the Artilleria, as it leads up to a high point next to the water which had been used as a defensive position, and is where Valparaiso's Naval Museum is located. The house perched on a cliff overlooking the railcar is the aptly named Blue House, one of the most photographed structures in the city due primarily to its location.
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rbellemare (2109) 2012-07-20 7:44
You're really doing the trip that I dream of doing. This elevator and the blue house will be part of my trip. On your picture, I like the way the cabin is lit. Your POV is great and let us discover the city below.
Very nice picture.
Miguel82 (20120) 2012-07-20 9:13
A superb view of Valparaiso
You manage to catch the down town, the view on the hills, a colonial style house and the funicular
Good sharpness and light
danos (83051) 2012-07-20 9:47
fascinating the panoramic view of the city from your chosen POV with the house on the hill to dominates the whole area of the city.
The Artilleria's ascensor is placed perfect in the image with its yellow colour to be lighted so perfect with the falling light on it.
Vato_Law (12720) 2012-07-20 11:26
gorgeous compo with this view from above over Valparaiso. I understand why the Blue house is so photographed, as it's really lovely, not only due to its color but also its architecture.
Curious to have the "sun" so close to the ground and havin' this side of the photo in shade :)
macjake (52040) 2012-07-20 11:30
wow, what a stunning shot.
I had no idea that Santiago was built on steep steep hills.
We can see this very clearly here.
love the dark rails combined with the bright colored rail car.
and also the city views and colors too.
marabu61 (7351) 2012-07-20 12:39
I want this house - NOW!
Great composition, the brightly lit funicular and the blue house contrast beautifully with the drab city behind it.
Enjoy your trip
fanni (14377) 2012-07-20 12:39
very picturesque view! The brightly sunlit vehicle at the bottom looks just great at the dark shadowed area :)
There are so many interesting details, and it's an excellent POV.
PaulVDV (20387) 2012-07-20 13:16
The Blue House certainly has a tremendous setting. Look at its balconies! But also its architecture is remarkable.
To paint that ascensor an artist has apparently used all the colours of his pallet.
It brings surely life into the city.
I've always had a soft spot for cities built on hills. This picture therefore makes Valparaiso really attractive.
Best regards, Paul
npecanhuk (60836) 2012-07-20 20:02
Lovely picture of beautiful and interesting Valparaiso!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov, vertical format and composition really pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
annjackman (17751) 2012-07-21 2:26
The bright colours of the railcar drew my attention to the thumbnail image. Although there is a large area of dark shade in the picture there is detail there and the bright colours of the railcar and the house contrast wonderfully. Very well seen and taken.
Kind Regards, Ann
CanmoreKevin (2111) 2012-07-21 11:19
Wonderful capture of the steep hills of Valparaiso. The sharp contrast really accentuates the ascensor. Nicely composed.
SnapRJW (29248) 2012-07-23 10:23
Hello Andrew - What an amazing scene. I for one would not like to live in the pretty blue house (especially with the earthquakes Chile is prone to!)it looks quite precarious perched as it is. A fantastic POV gives a great feel for the location of the city which seems to be built =over a series of hills. The funicular railway with the brightly coloured car is a lovely bright feature in the shade of the cutting. Very interesting and unusual post. Warm regards rosemary
leo61 (0) 2012-07-23 10:27
I loved my stay in Vaparaiso and especially the ascensors,which I used often because my guesthouse was close to the museo del cielo abierto valparaiso.
Good shot of this famous blue house and the "rising sun" on this cabin.
Noel_Byrne (20698) 2012-07-25 6:03
What a unique and amazing place! That blue house is positioned beautifully, and I can see why it is so much photographed. The train is great too, with excellent paintwork, and to top this all off, such a great view of the city. Brilliant shot!
photoray (10125) 2012-08-01 15:58
Provocative image for the funicular railcar caught in the sun, with the victorian Blue House residing over.
Los Angeles has one funicular rail, going up Bunker Hill in the financial district, named "Angels' Flight".
PS: I have a bachelor's in History but ended up working for transportation.
boa (5648) 2014-03-02 13:35
it is quite strange but i was not at this famous spot when i was in Valparaiso! It is a nice shot and the funicular railway give the composition a good balance. It is also an excellent overview of Valparaiso with a mix of old and new architecture within the same frame, tfs!
- Copyright: Andrew Lipsett (ACL1978) (7467)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-06-24
- Categories: Transportation
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: South America - June/July 2012
- Date Submitted: 2012-07-20 6:29