Sunset at Lake Umayo seen from the Colla civilization ruins at Sillustani. The round thing in the middle is an island, elevation here is about 3900m. The place was windless and very quiet, deserted, with only a few people meditating around the site, some believe the site is a powerful spiritual centre, perhaps that explains why this was the only place where I REAALLY felt the effects of altitude sickness, 5 days after arriving at high altitude.
Scanned from a SEVERELY damaged negative, better to pretent the little white spots are "stars".
Sorry to disappoint those who may have expected to see photos of Rebecca Romijn-Stamos in the workshop.
About the site:
32 kms form Puno are the Chullpas (pre-Columbian funeral towers) of Sillustani, beautifully set on a peninsula in Lake Umayo surrounded by stark altiplano.
The Chullpas were built by the Aymara-speaking Collas - a tribe that dominated the Titicaca region before the Incas. Each tower contained the remains of Colla nobility accompanied by their riches. Grave robbers have since removed their contents, although the towers are well preserved and well worth seeing. The engineering involved in their construction is more complex than anything the Incas built. Two of the towers are unfinished: one with a ramp still in place to raise blocks; the other with cut stones ready to go on a very ambitions dome.
May future Presidente Barreto restore the ruins to their former glory and ensure hot water supply in every guesthouse in Puno.
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letuananh (2543) 2005-08-05 19:34
Nice composed beautiful picture. I like dramatic sky, saturated colours, reflection on the water, well everything. TFS.
Galmeida (12559) 2005-08-05 19:42
It's great your natural vision and capture and also your great PP for post. Splendid work, feeling and nature sensibility artwork. I like the way but sincereally this is fantastic how you materialize this earth scenery in a "Dream" view.
Excelent work and creative world.
Best to you.
fiedziu (1764) 2005-08-05 20:55
impressive picture and great note
leonorkuhn (16235) 2005-08-05 20:57
Another nice view. I like the low clouds and the beautiful reflection. Great colors. Well done.
Cormac (26565) 2005-08-05 21:09
This is simply amazing! The starting point is the great light you captured here, but the vividness of the colours, and the sharp contrast really gives the photo a lot of 'pop'. Most of all, the photo is special because of the soft glow of the clouds, reflected in the lake and surrounding the island in the centre. Superb!
iehuiah (186) 2005-08-05 21:25
Very nice shot Tan. I'm sorry to hear that the negative got damaged...
Your shot is fairly simple composition of a very interesting and astonishing site. I like the grainy reflection on the water, but I don't like the lonely cloud on top (the large one in the middle is great to contrast with the island). Your note is also very good!
kikvel (4784) 2005-08-05 22:22
if the scan was damaged I wonder about what the results would be if it was not!
nice shot, not many words to say, really
huynt (5079) 2005-08-05 22:48
It is really a mystery. The wonderful lights and the perfect reflection. Bravo. Well done. Thanks You have a great week end. HUY
chaity (1539) 2005-08-06 1:36
A beautiful shot of this wonderful place. It is so quiet and calm and the clouds cast a mysterious look.
apache (1426) 2005-08-06 1:54
Nice composition. I like the way the clouds hug the mountains and the soft colours. I dont think the damaged negative spoiled the beauty of the shot. It still is beautiful.
Thanks for sharing
danyy (0) 2005-08-06 3:14
encore un petit chef d'oeuvre réalisé à la perfection. Des jeux d'imbres et de lumières, des éclairages particuliers, magiques. Air, terre et eau, en harmonie pour offrir un spectacle magnifique.
DOF très bien règlée, rendu fidèle des couleurs.
J'adore (comme d'habitude)
Bien à toi.
lestans (17168) 2005-08-06 3:21
A fantastic, wonderful landscape! I imagined something like that in a dream... ! Low clouds, still water, colors, reflection, all is beauty. Interesting notes.
PixelTerror (0) 2005-08-06 4:36
This one has an interesting dark atmosphere quite unusual in your photos, but here and there some light pops up and plays with the shadows, very nice but harmony and calm remain the dominant points here.
Have a nice week end,
ndb1958 (9289) 2005-08-06 5:05
looks like a scene of a dream ... so peaceful ... It seems that I can hear the silence. Great composition,
Leonie (8809) 2005-08-06 5:29
Wow...Tan..you even went to the moon.. lol or is this Mars.. it seems worth visiting...maybe you can give me some travel advice on how to get there....;o)
ChrisJ (114689) 2005-08-06 5:59
I like the superb reflections of the clouds in the blue water. Some excellent pp work to soften the noise. Well done!
AmiBe (6042) 2005-08-06 8:31
impressive view again, you have a meeting with the nature only.
A perfect place for dreaming... Thank's for sharing this place.
I like the low sky.
kebek (5438) 2005-08-06 10:27
Serwus Tan !
Well, my dear fellow, You drove us straight into the mystic:) What a unique place! Absolutely amazing and wild.
Excellent shot, great work with the scan.
All the best,
dkeus31 (27735) 2005-08-06 11:01
Very nice and strange light.
I'm not sure about keeping so much sky.
betogrein (2232) 2005-08-06 12:13
Que linda foto, não tem nem muito que dizer, digna de um cartão postal. Excelente trabalho.
snuggleaphagus (4146) 2005-08-06 13:44
Fantastic sky and the water is quite good too. great composition an there is a dreamy quality to your photo.
The title The mists of Avalon Springs to Mind.
The reflections are awesome.
lukie (0) 2005-08-06 14:27
magnificent picture, it's like on an other planet...
bibiweb (8) 2005-08-06 14:27
A beautiful light and a very dramatic effect in this picture, it almost looks like a painting. I was in Sillustani two years ago and remember it as very serene and quiet place.
sayzey (2358) 2005-08-06 19:25
Great shot Tan, the water looks so peaceful, no wonder peopler come to meditate! The island in the centre loks strange with nothing on it i.e. trees or anything. I imagine it is due to the altitude.
Worth suffering altitude sickness for I think.
quantabeh (5205) 2005-08-07 2:19
a bit soft, but my idea of heaven. I would have thought this being from Chile, but I see it is Peru. The landescape seems similar to Atacama, no?
¿cómo alcanzas esos colores? Tengo que contar que todas tus fotos de LatinaAmerica me parecen hermosas! muy bien hecho!
cheers! really beautiful shot.
rabdelnoor (3421) 2005-08-07 11:13
One more great shot you share with us. Beautiful colours and very nice textures on this lake picture. The low clouds made a nice reflection effect. Best wishes.
lucinka (9976) 2005-08-07 11:50
Tan, another from your great pictures that left me speachless.. What a mystique photo. You've simply been at the right place at the best moment! L.
gren4 (603) 2005-08-07 14:17
I really like the lighting here with enough detail in the shadows yet strongly contrasting with the dreamy looking highlights.This landscape photo has a good mood almost like a painting and very different from your other postings.I like it!
nerve (10231) 2005-08-07 15:35
Bu muhtesem olmus Kaptan, i like the moodiness of the lake here, i guess you made a time exposure.. looks very misty..
Good PP, and a beautiful result out of a badly damaged negative..
Jeppe (18654) 2005-08-07 16:36
Hi Tan - I fully agree with the title - these surely something mysterious over this place - I like the fine light and the reflections of the clouds - thanks for taking us here and for the story of this place - fine PP work as well.
jjbach (9324) 2005-08-07 18:26
The reflections of the clouds on the water make this composition outstanding! Splendid shot even the bad quality of the negatives. Very well done, Tan
rbcy1974 (20758) 2005-08-08 3:48
Excellent photo, I dont know how I missed it. The rock formation in the middle and as a matter of fact the whole landscape looks quite outlandish. I think if you changed the sky colour you could convince us that it was taken in Saturn. The picture is excallent and I can barely notice the degraded negative.
You have an awful lot of faith on my presidency. Hot water supply in every guesthouse, hmmm.... how many times have I been to a guestouse and asked them for agua caliente and they said yes yes we have it and then have have bee half naked showing them how not hot their water really is and had them argue with me that the water IS hot. Anayway, serranos, particularly Punenos are reputed fro their stuborness. Sorry however I doubt I will ever become president.
timotey (119) 2005-08-08 6:42
Astonishing landscape. Your point of view shows us a great scenery with this calm lake surrounded by threatening clouds. A very good exposition and depth of field to give us a lot of details from the foreground to the background. Very well done !
Didi (60588) 2005-08-08 13:10
Un paysage magnifique qui donne l'impression de réver.
Les couleurs sont douces, l'aspect est soft.
J'apprécie beaucoup ce cadrage.
A splendid landscape which gives the impression to dream. The colors are soft and alleviating. I appreciate much this framing. I 'am relaxing on this admirable sight.
Fon (2302) 2005-08-08 21:06
Hallucinating picture, with great colors and beautiful low clouds well formed, if it didn't go these clouds and this beautiful sky I would say that this picture was taken in another planet. Thanks for posting!
jbweasle (9393) 2005-08-10 14:38
This is an incredible light - I love the way it illuminates the hillside to the left. The softness of the colours make this look almost like an oil painting. Great clouds too. They were a memorable feature of my trip to Peru. I remember the sky feeling so big, yet almost close enough to touch.
bnallama (3763) 2005-08-13 13:31
Lovely note Tan (hillarious as well). As usual a masterful landcape. Really looks mystical than when I was there.. And it was cold and full of wind :-)
Take care. Bala
Albrecht (11281) 2005-08-15 9:27
A piece of artwork this seems to be. Great shot with a very special atmosphere amost unreal.
Bien (4745) 2005-08-19 2:28
I like your work! Your mysticism and surrealism reflected in your images are out of the world. This is one of the best photographs I have seen: composition, colour, technique, and the created atmosphere are excellent!
mumek (20202) 2005-08-31 4:27
Great shot Tan!
Super composition, colours and light.Fantastic
Thanks for the note
AndyGr1er (281) 2005-09-13 11:05
Wow. Big haul on this shot. but not surprising. its captivating. one of the best shots from the Altiplano I think I've seen. certainly one of my favourite landscapes on TE. I think its the flat water and reflections. the colour tones are excellent and whole shot reverberates with a mythical essense. excellent work.
maximage (15537) 2005-09-13 17:29
Tout est déjà dit!!!
jpages (1670) 2005-09-15 17:11
Impressive view. It really seems from another planet!
I suppose you used a large time exposure to get the surface of the lake blurred. The title is very appropriate. Good work scanning it.
Thanks for sharing it!
Elric (560) 2005-09-27 12:10
A home for Gods, isn't it? What can I say?
carper (96) 2005-09-27 12:12
wauw Tan a masterpiece.
It look likes a 3D shot, fantastic atmosphere, great colours, good light,realy beautiful, great job,
sarju (5324) 2005-09-27 22:59
wow ... I have been trying to achieve this effect of lake that looks like a glass (from the slow shutter speed I guess)
well seen and captured and tfs
PS: Post some new photos man ... its been ages
jrleborgne (1554) 2005-10-22 21:00
With such tremendous pictures, you could set up a World Atlas !
martou (1660) 2005-11-22 2:11
superbe photo, quelle étrange et magnifique endroit, vous sembler avoir eu la chance de voyager beaucoup merci de nous faire profiter de vos superbe découverte, bravo
Henryk_Bilor (20799) 2006-01-24 16:11
I like searching your archive. There are many beautiful images. Like this one. Amazing mood, delicate contours, ideal lighted up.
Colours are beautiful.
Bstnphilippe (123) 2006-02-02 11:26
I am sorry for all the people who gave appreciation for this picture but for me this is worth zero or not much anyway. This is comnpletely unrealistic witn sharp - soft - sharp....rubish...zero...nil...
I would have like to see the REAL pic
ahmetgedikli (25605) 2006-03-04 12:40
Ne kadar güzel; bulutlar, yansımalar, suyun rengi... Elinize sağlık.
Bu arada Yemen'in bizdeki hatıraları hep üzücüdür, hani türküsü de varya...Atalarımız orada, Allah rahmet eyleye. Biz sizden güzelliklerine dair fotoğraflar, izlenimler bekliyoruz. kolay gelsin, selamlar.
sebinho342 (19317) 2006-05-03 17:11
Of course Tan this one was SEVERLY damage negative ;)) lol
So i unerstand that i throw my cam against the wall after i made my shots, perhaps will i have same results !
"Mystique" i'm happy to make you reach 100, cause you deserve it so much :)
I have no words to comment this one, too powerfull, and you said it, i will have sickness altitude even at 0 m above sea ... so pure and atemporal, puno, yes i will remember the name ...
A pleasure for eyes, as usual Tan
Paul57 (2217) 2006-06-08 16:09
Excellent shot. It's hard to believe that this is from a negative that you scanned.. amazing!! I,ve been to Bolivia and Peru but I,m sort of sad not having been to Puno. Perhaps another time.
If this were in the USA perhaps this would end up being a par 3 golf hole!! TFS.
Andre-H (1271) 2006-06-23 23:51
I love the scenery here, and your note is interesting and informative. The colours and view are great, and although it's true that the photo is somewhat damaged, a lot of it can be repaired. Specifically, I suggest using the 'spot healing brush tool' in Photoshop - if you've got it, of course.
Shoot_Score (650) 2007-02-24 20:29
An island that floats between clouds!
Simply an awesome sight!
Very interesting Notes!
Btw. WE only use haddock for fish & chips! Cod won't do! ;)
patrozza (176) 2007-03-18 9:08
Colori, nitidezza e inquadratura eccellenti.
Il soggetto è eccezionale.
MmK (75) 2007-03-18 10:00
I do not what to write, all perfect.. reflection, light, scene.. 10/10
donluicu (24724) 2007-04-05 10:20
the pov is really great, and your pp gives to this image an unreal feeling...
the water looks so smooth...