<< Previous Next >>

Canto de la Playa

Canto de la Playa
Photo Information
Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11636 W: 126 N: 20917] (108071)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-05-10
Categories: Nature
Camera: Sony DSC HX200v
Exposure: 1/21 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-05-15 16:21
Viewed: 2048
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 120
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The first photo of my second trip to the Dominican Republic could only start from here, just where the first one had started. The island of Saona is always a paradise, although after 8 years of my first visit, it is now quite touristy. But there is always a natural wonder to be missed.In the pic you can see one of the most desert beaches called Canto de la Playa.Saona Island or Isla Saona (in Spanish) is a tropical island located a short distance from the mainland on the south-east tip of the Dominican Republic, near La Altagracia Province. It is a government protected nature reserve and a popular destination for tourists from all over the Dominican Republic, who arrive in fleets of catamarans and small motorboats on organised excursions every day. The Island is famous for the natural beauty of its beaches, and has been used on many occasions by film-makers and advertisers looking for a stereotypical 'desert island' setting for their film or product. It is promoted amongst European visitors as the setting for the famous Bounty chocolate bar adverts.
The island was baptized "Saona" by Christopher Columbus, who discovered it in May 1494 during his second voyage to the Americas. The name was meant to honor the commune of Savona, where Columbus lived at the time. Saona Island and the modern city Savona, in Italy, still have twinning relationships; the small powerplant in Saona Island is a gift of Savona.
Michele da Cuneo, Columbus’s childhood friend from Savona, sailed with Columbus during this second voyage and wrote: "In my opinion, since Genoa was Genoa, there was never born a man so well equipped and expert in the art of navigation as the said lord Admiral." Columbus named the small island of "Saona ... to honor Michele da Cuneo, his friend from Savona." Columbus named Michele da Cuneo first governor of the island.
With an area of 42 sq miles (110 sq km) Saona is the largest Dominican offshore island and forms part of the National Park of the East (Parque Nacional del Este).
The seas around the Island are rich in wildlife, with many species of birds and tropical marine fish, and there are large areas where natural sandbars offshore bring the depth to just a few feet. These are once again popular with the tourist trade, with small boats stopping hundreds of metres off the beach and disgorging tourists into the waist-deep shallows where they snorkel, drink and check out the fields of starfish indigenous to the region.


La prima foto del mio secondo viaggio nella Repubblica Dominicana non poteva che iniziare da qui, proprio dove era iniziato il primo. La isola di Saona è sempre un paradiso, nonostante dopo 8 anni dalla mia prima visita, sia ora abbastanza turistica. Ma resta sempre una meraviglia naturale da non perdere.Quella che vedete è una delle spiagge meno frequentate,detta Canto de la Playa.
Saona, situata nel mar dei Caraibi, in posizione parallela all'estremità sud orientale delle Repubblica Dominicana, è un'isola delle Antille di 110 km² di superficie, lunga circa 22 km e larga 5 km nella sua parte più estesa. Appartiene alla provincia con capoluogo La Romana della Repubblica Dominicana. Perlopiù pianeggiante, è una zona protetta e santuario naturale parte del Parco Nazionale dell'Est, istituito nel 1975. È facilmente raggiungibile da Bayahibe, piccola comunità rurale di pescatori.

La popolazione si aggira intorno ai 450 abitanti, localizzati soprattutto a Mano Juan e in misura minore a Punta Catuano; vivono principalmente di pesca e vendita di souvenir ai turisti. Saona rappresenta infatti una delle escursioni più richieste per chi soggiorna a Santo Domingo. L'isola viene spesso descritta come un tipico "paradiso caraibico", con grandi spiagge di sabbia bianca e acqua cristallina, ed è stata usata come set per numerose riprese con ambientazione tropicale, incluse diversi spot pubblicitari della barretta al cioccolato Bounty.
L'isola fu abitata almeno dal 2000 a.C. Intorno all'800 a.C. vi si insediarono i Taino, una popolazione proveniente da Haiti, che colonizzò in epoca precolombiana gran parte delle isole della zona. L'isola, che era chiamata dagli indios Taino con il nome di Adamanay, faceva parte del regno di Higuey.

pierrefonds, ChrisJ, mcmtanyel, PaulVDV, pajaran, Royaldevon, ikeharel, papagolf21, Fis2, holmertz, cornejo, alvaraalto, jhm, worldcitizen, claudeD, clic, ricardomattos, Hansaphotos, daddo, delpeoples, ciakgiak, LuisGustavoLima, fritzi007 has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekEarth members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekEarth members may write critiques.
ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To macjake: ...lousat 1 2017-05-20 04:00
To delpeoples: .......lousat 1 2017-06-09 09:46
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

Bonsoir Luciano,

L'eau est claire comme du cristal, son étendue donne de la profondeur à la composition. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails de la plage et des palmiers. La qualité de la lumière embellit les couleurs de l'image. Bonne soirée.


Hi Ciao dear Luciano, a great world traveler!

Wow you seem to be in the last paradise in the world.
Great panfocus catch the crysytal sea and so astonishing blue sky. Please enjoy yourself!

All the best and have a good day! Takero

  • Great 
  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14151 W: 1033 N: 28239] (134648)
  • [2017-05-15 19:12]

Ciao Luciano,

A fantastic tropical paradise with inviting turquoise waters and white sandy beaches. Good sharpness and the coconut palms add a tropical atmosphere. Tfs!

Hello Luciano,
The crystal clear water is so inviting and made for such a spectacular photo! Congratulations & TFS.

Hello Luciano,
Since you disappeared for a while from TE, I thought you had gone another time to Cuba. So I was wrong but not very far from it.
Those little gorgeous waves on the light blue water lead us to a deserted white sandy beach under palmtrees. An image that looks heavenly. And you did not have to share paradise with tons of others.
You were right to reserve so much space on the picture for the wonderful sea.
Best regards, Paul

Dobar dan.
Lep pogled i trenutak, interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lepo pokazano, dobar kontrast i perspektiva, lepe boje, lepo uhvacen trenutak sa oblacima koji dolaze. Lepa priroda, lepa igra svetla i boja na povrsini vode.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.

Good day.
Beautiful view of the moment, interesting and good text ...
Good work and compositions, beautifully demonstrated, good contrast and perspective, beautiful colors, beautiful moment captured with clouds coming. Beautiful nature, beautiful play of light and color on the surface of water.
Have a nice and successful day, all the best.

  • Great 
  • BennyV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2445 W: 34 N: 4388] (24669)
  • [2017-05-15 22:56]

Hello Luciano

Perfect picture for a tourist brochure. I wonder if the beach was as empty as it looks in your picture. Great, tempting image.


Ciao Luciano, 'mazza che mare! E che bella foto, favolose trasparenze e fantastica luce, magnifici colori e cielo con nuvolette ben disegnate, quasi meglio di Alba Adriatica, bravo, ma mo' dieta per due mesi, ciao Silvio

Ciao caro Luciano,

This is a very effective viewpoint.
We feel as if we are just about to submerge ourselves in the clear, crystal waters.
The scene is almost all blue but what a difference in the hues, between the azure and the cornflower, accenting this fine composition.
If you were advertising this area, you have convinced me of its beauty and your notes have convinced me that I would love the wild life, too.

Have a great day,
Bev :-)

I reckon you were missing on TE lately, yet another far destination chosen, Luciano - and what a place!!
Stunning seascape, the water are inviting, and hope you had a marvelous time there.
Buona giornata,

Bonjour, cher Luciano,
L'on a du mal à croire qu'un tel lieu puisse exister.
La transparence de l'eau semble irréaliste.
Une photo de rêve, c'est bien agréable.
Un grand merci.

  • Great 
  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 157 N: 15246] (122929)
  • [2017-05-16 0:58]

Witaj Luciano!
Nice view, super water effect.
I like frame and composition.
Good colors and sharpness.
Amazing place.
Nice day.

  • Great 
  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9001 W: 57 N: 15106] (55970)
  • [2017-05-16 1:05]

Hello Luciano,
Wow, what a beautiful view of this Caribbean coastline. The clear blue water is beautiful, the white beach and palm trees very inviting and the clouds in the distance make an interesting background. The light was most favourable too.

Hello Luciano,
The wonderful reflections in the water and its greenish tones totally dominate the view. The beach, trees and clouds mainly serve as a fine complement to the composition. You balanced the photo well by this low perspective of the water.
Kind regards,

  • Great 
  • dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6061 W: 277 N: 11670] (90149)
  • [2017-05-16 2:09]

Ciao Luciano ,
Wow ! Quelle eau transparente ! Une invitation à la baignade sur cette plage magnifique , qui grâce à ton cadrage semble totalement déserte .

  • Great 
  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13679 W: 0 N: 16021] (168114)
  • [2017-05-16 2:13]


Fantastique vue quelle pureté de l'eau quelle brillance la transparence ce bleu et la plage en fond ce sable la végétation grandiose vue et ocmpo.
Bravo et amitié

Ciao Luciano, molto buona immagine di questa bellissima spiaggia è una bella agenzia di viaggi poster. Cartolina incantevole con una buona nitidezza, profondità, luce, colore e qualità. Lavoro eccellente e interessante perfettamente realizzata, i miei complimenti il mio amico. Grazie per aver condiviso questo bel lavoro.

Buona notte e la settimana felice.
Cordiali saluti da sud della Spagna.

Hello Luciano
I can understand you wanted to be here again. Such a beautiful, idyllic place with is very clean and clear turquoise water and a great sandy beach and lovely palm trees in the distance.
I’m curious about the results of the continuation of your journey.
Excellent work, Groet Rob

Ciao Luciano,

J'ai comme l'impression que tu as les deux pieds dans l'eau pour cette photo. Et pourquoi pas elle semble si bonne et si chaude. Elle est limpide et sa couleur sent la République à plein nez.



Ciao Luciano,
An iconic exotic scene. I believe it's perfect there, it's on my list!
We'll see about the game :D


  • Great 
  • dale54 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 894 W: 0 N: 1293] (12345)
  • [2017-05-16 7:37]

luciano hello...what a wonderful scene!amazing lively color and POV..so pleasing to look at! tfs dale

Hello, Luciano!

So you were in this paradise these days! This is the country I chose for my honeymoon last year, and the beaches are really some of the best in the world! The color of the sea is incredible, as you show in this beautiful composition highlighting its turquoise waters! Excellent job!

  • Great 
  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24277 W: 523 N: 40588] (174734)
  • [2017-05-16 9:50]

Ciao Luciano,

The water of the sea it seem a wonderful painting with the decorative figures.
Also the beach and sky care for a wonderful picture.
Composition and presentation are superb.
Very well done, TFS.

Best regards,

Ciao Luciano,
I'd like to be sitting on that beach, beside the blue, sparkling water. The color is so pretty, and I like the interesting patterns and underwater shadows. It's nice that you filled most of the frame with the sea, while also including just a bit of the beach and some tropical palm trees.

  • Great 
  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10438 W: 174 N: 17656] (78427)
  • [2017-05-16 16:38]


you gave us a nice perspective of the clear waters in FG, it invites us to enter inside the image. nice details of the tropical landscape ahead.



Hi Luciano
Sparkling Blue Sea, I loved the effect of the sun on the tropical water - being the main focal here guiding us into the whole scene and the rest comes into play naturally. Nice snap, Congrats.
Best regards

  • Great 
  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3288 W: 0 N: 7482] (55057)
  • [2017-05-16 21:00]

Superb, minimalistic composition of only three dominant colors, great view, fantastic place
regards Ryszard

Salut Luciano,
Superbe cette vue avec cette photo prise les pieds dans l'eau. Une mer si transparente avec ces reflets lumineux que l'on imagine scintillants à la surface. Je garde un excellent souvenir de cette île de Saona et de son superbe littoral ... mais un peu en dehors des lieux trop fréquentés !

Bentornato Luciano
la nota è molto interessante, ma la foto è molto più immediata, osservandola non ci si preoccupa proprio di quanto sia grande l'isola o di quanti abitanti ci siano, ma l'unica preoccupazione è pensare a come poterci andare al più presto....
Saluti Carlo

Hello Luciano,
it was a really nice idea to compose the photograph mainly of the crystal clear water and the patterns that were created.
It really does appear as an idyllic holiday location,I trust that you enjoyed it.
Regards Les.

Hi Luciano,
(uzun zamandır yazamadım internetim -bilgisar arızalı idi)
Resi-yağlıboya tadında bir deniz görüntüsü.Işıltılar harika.
Bulutlar herzaman görünen kümeler gibi değil çok orijinal.
Tebrik ediyorum.

Hello Luciano,

beautiful image of this beach with the crystal water as a main element, the perspective is excellent creating an interesting photo, well done,

Best regards,


Hello dear Luciano,
Another topclass capture in your gallery : a real heaven on earth !
TFS and best regards

Hello Luciano,

very fine picture of this amazing beach. Perfect composition, fine clarity and sharpness. I always like to see this pictures of your your preferred theme.I like the shot very much. Very well done.TFS.

With regards from Luxembourg


Ciao Luciano,
my neighbours just returned from Dominican Republic and they have encouraged me to go there, may be next year I will try? I am surprised though: I though at this time starts already the rainy season but I see you have a wonderful weather with a subtle clouds above the horizon.
The color of the water is stunning and you made a wise decision to focus on it in the foreground: further away a real paradise emerges and quite desolated as well which adds even more charm to it.
I will put it on my list for the next year :)
Excellent work,

  • Great 
  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3853 W: 2 N: 6383] (32138)
  • [2017-05-18 15:40]

Hello Luciano
A amazing picture from Dominican. I like interesting composition here and beautiful colours. Good work,fine presentation.

  • Great 
  • clic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2683 W: 0 N: 2993] (20528)
  • [2017-05-19 13:16]

Ciao Luciano Outre la ligne d'horizon judicieusement localisée au tiers supérieur de l'image pour un agencement plaisant, la pureté sauvage du lieu exprimée sans artefact distrayant par les tons pastels, il n'y a plus rien à dire... ce qui permet la concentration sur ce poème visuel! Saluti.

Hi Luciano,

Heard so much of the wonders of this place, but seeing your photo is believing ! The clear water is very nicely depicted to its full glory from your chosen perspective. I believe you intended to make all of us jealous - which I think we are!!


Ciao Luciano,
Accidenti che mare ! se volevi far morire d'invidia gli amici a casa credo hai raggiunto lo scopo alla grande ! gran piacevoli riflessi e colori ottima anche la compo.

Hi Luciano,

Fantastic place and blue waters. Wonderful result with this POV. You made me feel my feet wet here (hehe..).

My best congratulations


  • Great 
  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15344 W: 159 N: 26871] (140816)
  • [2017-05-20 10:35]

Ciao Luciano
Franchement je n'aime pas, ni le ciel, la plage avec les palmiers, alors là encore moins la couleur translucide de l'eau, ni le POV, non .........J'ADORE, c'est tout simplement MAGNIFIQUE, pff je t'envie ....mince alors :-)))))
Bonne vacances

Ciao Luciano
Delicate pastel colours make this image so beautiful. You are very lucky to go there second time!
Have a nice Sunday

Hello Luciano

Very interesting text to accompany this beautiful shot. Incredible crystal clear water and lovely pattern created by the light. A nicely composed photo with fine colours and well managed light. Lovely work:) TFS.

Greetings, Erling

Hi Luciano
you love these beaches don't you :)
you've been here two times, you've been to Cuba beaches 2 or three times, where else have you been multiple times?

lovely photo with the way the lighting is striking the water, and how there are different blues. the clouds give depth as does the sandy beach. sweet! cheers

Suyun turkuaz rengi ve berraklığı insanı tatile çağırıyor.
Mükemmel bir yaz fotografı
selam ve iyi dilekler

Ciao Luciano!
Wonderful crystal waters!
Very beautiful and inviting picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,

  • Great 
  • daddo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3579 W: 114 N: 6342] (28678)
  • [2017-05-29 16:41]

Ciao Luciano. Una meraviglia da vedere. Tutto sembra così puro, così invitante. La triste verità è che i nostri mari e gli oceani stanno morendo. La barriera corallina di grande corallo in Australia sta scomparendo ad una velocità allarmante. In Dalmazia le persone locali stanno rimuovendo dal fondo del mare tonnellate di spazzatura. E secondo i rapporti scientifici, i pesci che mangiamo in tutto il mondo potrebbero contenere un smuch come il 20 per cento delle particelle di plastica che stiamo consumando. Stiamo sputando Dio in faccia con la nostra avidità e stupidità, deridendo i doni che ci ha dato. Una volta era paradiso - non più. Ciao. Klaudio.

  • Great 
  • Periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 697 W: 129 N: 1121] (7455)
  • [2017-06-01 15:18]

Hi Luciano
A simple and beautiful shot which shows the beauty of this part of the world. Nice blue shades on the water and magnificent sunlight.


Caro Luciano

Ahhhh che paradise! Il mare e' come un gioiello. Bellissimo il gioco di luce sull'acqua. Hai composto l'immagine perfettemente nell regole dei terzi. Spero che tu abbia fatto lo snorkel qui!

Un abbraccio e buon weekend

  • Great 
  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9989 W: 144 N: 25031] (122263)
  • [2017-06-11 23:26]

Ciao Luciano,

I am not a beach lover but such a clear water- well, it would be nice to swim in these clear and warm water. It looks like a paradise beach with white sand, palms and no people.

Kind regrad s Malgo

Ciao Luciano,
sei comunque arrivato a 100! D'altronde con un pop di foto cosi non poteva essere altrimenti, anzi mi sembrano pochini!!!


  • Great 
  • cargus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1419 W: 76 N: 1263] (11477)
  • [2017-06-16 12:42]

Good managed this seascape, good combination of bleu colors, clear and with good brightness, good visual effect.!

Olá, Luciano!
Gostei muito da foto, a paisagem é muito bonita! Com o destaque dado a água, ela ficou incrível! Bom trabalho!

Hello Luciano,

Thanks for your comments on my photos. Incredible the light blue color of the water of this sea. It must be a real paradise this place.

Beautiful colors and great sharpness of image. Congratulations on the capture.

Greetings from Brazil

Ciao Luciano,
Che meraviglia !
La textura dell'acqua è perfettamente stupenda, come di un marmo raro di colore blu e turchese. Tu l'hai reso benisimo.
Anche mi piace la composizione che da la priorità al mare, ma aggiungendo la spiaggia di sogno ed il cielo nuvoloso dramatico.

Hello Luciano,
Fantastic colors from beach Canto de la Playa, congratulate!
Best regards

Well captured play of sun and water!

Ciao Luciano,

certi paradisi fanno sempre sognare!!!!!!!!!!!! Che splendore

Ciao Luciano,
Wow!Magnifique photo prise au ras de l'eau. Vraiment une plage paradisiaque aux eaux turquoises. J'adore!
Bon weekend!

ciao Luciano,
questa non l'avevo ancora vista, mo me la metto come desktop, sembra finta,
ciao, Giacomo

Calibration Check