View of portada arch from a mirador 16km north of Antofagasta city. The formation is the most recogniseable symbol of Antofagasta (well, let's just say there is not really a lot of attractions around here). The shape resembles the nowadays obsolete and almost extinct shape of a telephone. The region is very dry, it almost never rains, those clouds in the photo are sea fog from the effect of cold pacific currents that keep coastal temperatures much cooler than inland Atacama desert. From the internet (caveat: when the text below mentions "beach resort" don't think "Tahiti"):
Antofagasta is the largest city of the Norte Grande region, a product of the mining boom that hit the region in the 19th century. Profitable nitrate mines of the last century brought many foreign settlers to the city, and Antofagasta today possesses a markedly European feel in its architecture and ambiance. The Barrio Històrico is home to many historic Victorian buildings, and the clock tower of the Plaza Colòn is an exact replica of Big Ben. Today, Antofagasta is the embarkation point for copper mined at La Escondida and Chuquicamata--the latter of which holds the distinction of being the largest open-pit mine in the world.
Visitors who want to learn more about Antofagasta and the Norte Grande can visit the Museo Regional--in addition to its interesting exhibits on the history of the city and the mining industry, the museum holds a colourful collection of rock and mineral samples culled from the surrounding region.
With 20 km (12 miles) of beachfront and a mild, dry climate, Antofagasta has also developed as a year-round beach resort. The highlight of its shoreline is the Portada, an enormous rock located just to the north of town which the sea has steadily eroded into a dramatic natural arch.
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jp80 (8443) 2005-05-25 9:05
wonderful view, with very deep colors. I like the framing you used too. Very good DOF. Thanks for the interesting note.
Zepi (22848) 2005-05-25 9:09
Superbe point de vue!
Quelles merveilleuses couleurs,j'en reste bouche bée!
Merci pour le partage
Paolo (41222) 2005-05-25 9:10
I think that you some years ago bought the Unesco book about the World Heritage Sites, the most beautiful places of the world...and travelles all of them!!!
another great shot, with a fantastic view of that coastline.
thnaks also for the note.
devimeuxbe (58557) 2005-05-25 9:11
Wonderfull ! very beautifull light and composition. I really like this POV.
Interesting geologie too.
rbcy1974 (20758) 2005-05-25 10:21
Very nice lansdscape, well captured and strong colours. Thanks for the note.
AmiBe (6042) 2005-05-25 10:21
Great one Tintin, oh no sorry, capthaddock !
It's a splendid lanscape, the sea is so... powerful !
Beautiful colors, too.
Is there people near the left corner (down) ?
RGatward (20060) 2005-05-25 10:26
Excellent seascape, perfectly framed and good PoV, maybe a little softness from the scan, but not really an issue.
Cormac (26563) 2005-05-25 11:21
Excellent composition. The curve of the shoreline is great, with the rocks in the foreground providing nice texture. Well done!
jarosz0 (517) 2005-05-25 11:29
I look at and I nearly feel wind from the sea... Marvellous picture
Kenny10pin (19301) 2005-05-25 11:44
great shot of the sea here and the colours are amazing, very good composition too, like a postcard
richtersl (3546) 2005-05-25 12:56
A magnificent seascape, Tan!I like the gentle curve of the shoreline and how the rocks abnd waves accentuate it.
Leonie (8809) 2005-05-25 14:56
Hi Tan..that's breathtaking! nothing more to say...very beautiful landscape! ;o)
toni_al (15875) 2005-05-25 15:49
Cette image me fait penser à la Great Ocean Road en Australie.
J'aime ces paysages ou l'on voit la force de la nature
Paul57 (2217) 2005-05-25 22:49
Great scenery, Tan. I like the way the dark blue of the Pacific contrasts with the Andean sky.
miguel (1912) 2005-05-26 1:09
Hi Tan. It's a really impressive seascape. I've noticed that we can see some people on the beach...they give the scale of this beautiful scenery.
bnallama (3763) 2005-05-26 15:36
Hi Tan you were luckier than me I only had a grey sky and cold weather. Nice shot. Bala
jpages (1670) 2005-05-28 11:51
Hi Tan, this is great landscape view, from this high cliffs. You chose a very good POV. I like the light and the combination of blue colours of the sea water (sometimes dark blue, others green).
It is incredible to see these very little people on the rocky beach, it gives information about the great dimensions of the place.
The foam of the waves arriving at the rocky beach also adds natural force and aggressiveness to the view.
You have the talent to get always the beauty of every place you visit. TFS them. Best regards.
mumek (20198) 2005-05-30 19:48
Good evening Tan!
Because of you I can visit and see different parts of the world.Thank you. The composition is excellent with beautiful scenery, especially I like a mountains in the background and colours of the ocean .Super very informative note.Thanks for posting
sergecross (3438) 2005-06-26 22:31
excellent picture. I guess you tied to work hard in this picture. In my opinion i think that the colors are nice and the perspective too.
Try to continue writting your critiques to me...
ErdoGanALPAY (93) 2006-03-25 10:51
Selam TAN çok güzel fotoğraf Tebrikler
jarek (495) 2006-11-23 9:12
This picture is astonishing!
Great place and very well photographed, just fantastic!
Regards and my respect!
Standa (1877) 2007-02-17 4:43
exquisite place and perfect composition. If it is possible to come closer to the water you can make magics with stones and also long exposure.