Located 20 kilometers from the town of Denizli in the Aegean region of Turkey, Pamukkale is one of the most interesting places in the world, justly famous not only for the entrancing beauty of its unique geological formations but also for its historical remains. The calcium oxide-rich waters flowing down the southern slope of Caldag located north of the ruins have, over the millennia, built up deposits of white travertine on the plateau thus fully justifying both the site's ancient name of Hierapolis (Holy City) and its modern one of Pamukkale (Cotton Castle). It's really a wide and huge area as can be seen here when you look at the people at the far side of the pic. Especially during summer time, the effect of the white color of the area is extremely more stronger than the snow.
The water flow is stopped now because of the season is about to come to the end and to preserve the sources. But from time to time, with some intervals, it's a must to allow the flow, otherwise the white of the travertine is lost and the structure of the area can be distorted.
I just tried to catch the environment without tourists around (except the ones seen in background to show the size of the area) as I always trying to do so.
I'll be posting a couple of pics of Hierapolis right after this one.
Location : Pamukkale/Denizli/Turkey
(Nothing touched just sharpenned)
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Tibetix (0) 2004-10-13 9:57
Bülent Bey bu harika fotoğraf ülkemizi tanıtan favori fotoğraflar arasında olmalı... Favorilerime ekliyorum. Tebrikler :)
Aegean (2571) 2004-10-13 10:07
Excellent shot of the wonderful Pamukkale site! Colors and sharpness are really great as it is the composition! The metering seems to be spot on despite the difficult light as everything in the shot is bright white.The idea to include people in the back to show the size and the scale of the place is really good.
loupiot (3909) 2004-10-13 10:08
An incredible mineral landscape, Bulent! A nice shot with good exposure and contrast. I like this original pic. Very well done.
Cool-ice (5289) 2004-10-13 11:03
Great, this place, I didn't know it until now, thank you Bulent !
And your photo is excellent, with a particularly successful opposition between the clarity of water and the darkness of the sky.
Really well done, and complete and interesting note too.
Oldtree (2457) 2004-10-13 12:06
Fascinating place you show us here, Bulent. Your note is very interesting and adds good info to the picture. I like the colors and textures and your composition.
ChristianS (2997) 2004-10-13 13:00
Beautiful photo Bulent! If it wasn't for the water ponds I would have thought that this was a winter landscape :) A very interesting and beautiful place. Well captured!
danyy (0) 2004-10-13 13:11
Magnifique photo, féérique aux bleus tendres et pastel et aux blancs parfaitement calibrés. L'arrière plan me semble toutefois si sombre par rapport à la clarté de l'avant plan.
A quoi cela est-ce dû ?
bibiweb (8) 2004-10-13 14:23
Incredible place... I must absolutely visit this one day. Colors and sharpness of your photo are very good.
papagolf21 (106845) 2004-10-13 14:28
Encore une photographie très intéressante, ce paysage est grandiose Bulent. La prise de vue est parfaite. Les couleurs sont douces et naturelles.
Très bien, Bulent.
Excellent travail artistique et technique.
Une note très intéressante.
cetrocomix (309) 2004-10-13 17:05
So beautiful! The place, the quality of the picture. The blue of the water is incredible. congrat!
PixelTerror (0) 2004-10-14 3:28
Hi Bulent, it's an amazing place and a nice photo, the very essence of TE style. I like its sharpness and excellent details as well as the beautiful colors. The note is superb !
ChrisJ (117199) 2004-10-14 3:53
Excellent TE type shot. Well lit & composed
Hanssie (10886) 2004-10-14 4:35
I've seen several pictures of Pamukkale and it is very famous, never been there (not yet).
This is a fantastic total-view of the waters in beautiful light and colours, great perspective and I see no disturbing tourists! (I know they are here but it is far away...).
Great shot, Bulent !
HOBO (5282) 2004-10-14 5:47
What remains to say; my kids were talking years ago about their "iceland"; beautiful fix of Pamukkale's flair! Well done!
yesterday (9833) 2004-10-14 6:21
Wondeful texture and stuktur, excellent composition, great perspective and light in this dif. picture, I like it.
regards Kaj Nielsen
pulezan (841) 2004-10-14 14:00
Wow. Great place. I love places like this one. The picture is excellent, nice contrast between white and dark sky. Good idea to left some people for the scale. Well done. I must see this one day.
oochappan (16173) 2004-10-14 16:14
An extraordinary view of this naturephenomene, very impressive by your angle and scaling to the tiny people in the background. Well maintained sharpness and contrast to the finest details.
CoolDan (2516) 2004-10-16 22:33
C'est magnifique Bulent, une composition aux couleurs douces, assez originale et très réussie. Bien vu.
elihesamian (26149) 2005-03-07 1:17
great work,great note,excellent sharpness and quality with a great dark ackground which I like with this contrast,indeed it's intresting and you captured with a fine POV,nicely composed and thanks for posting it,great one,Bulent.
fayeulle (27827) 2005-06-25 8:39
Nice area and nice photo.
Difficult to shot because a lot of people.
Too dark in the background.
See my WS
berek (50506) 2005-12-30 2:03
Bu resmin gözümden kaçmış. çok güzel bir kare.öndeki suların rengi ve arkaya doğru kazanılmış perspektif çok hoşuma gitti ellerine sağlık. İyi yıllar.
Lighten :9**Contrast:9**Framing :10**Colors:9
Poin of view :10**Idea :10**Picture Note:10
PS:Evaluation rate is max:10
banyanman (7789) 2006-01-14 4:31
Hi Bulent. This is a place that I have always wanted to visit, but not had the chance yet. Everytime I see fabulous photographs like this, it makes we want to go and try my hand at shooting this incredible landscape. Your exposure is excellent given the amount of reflected light, and DOF is great too. Interesting note - all up an excellent example of the type of photograph that TE was designed for. Cheers . . . David
ruisc_pt (11090) 2006-07-30 12:39
Well well metering. The "whites" are perfect.
- Copyright: bulent pehlivan (bpelvan) (3798)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-10-12
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4300
- Exposure: f/7.6, 30 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Dream Places [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-10-13 9:12
- Favorites: 1 [view]