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Copyright: Deniz Taskin (rigoletto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3085 W: 400 N: 6725] (34279)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-10-06
Categories: Daily Life, Nature
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Tamron AF70-300mm F/4-5.6 LD Macro
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2014-11-22 5:41
Viewed: 4085
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A group of people enjoying the view from the top of calcite terraces in Pamukkale.

The photo is not in B&W, though made under counter-light.
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Hi Deniz
the counter light creates a beautiful effect, I would have sworn this was black and white without your note. It's a very mysterious photo, the water in the foreground adds a lot. Even though there are many people in the view, they seem tiny in the face of the natural view. Thanks for sharing, great to see you post!

Hello Deniz,
Welcome back. It's always a pleasure to see good photographers returning. This is quite different from what I am used to seeing from Pamukkale, reminding me more of rice fields in East Asia. The B&W conversion works very well, especially with the contours of people standing on the little hill. The light falls very nicely on the water.
Kind regards,

Merhaba Deniz
Hard to believe it's not b&w, thanks for the explanation! Great idea to use the natural contrast to create these fantastic silhouettes.
Is it true what I've heard that there are plans to close this place to visitors??
Best wishes

Hello Deniz - Nice to see you and your creative eye back and what an unusual shot. Quite different from all of the Pamukkale images I have seen thus far. Interesting that you visited in October the time of year and weather has given the place a very different feel to when I was there. I like the bold graphic lines and silhouetted trees and figures. Good square crop too.

Warm regards


Hello Deniz,

absolutely uncommon: Pamukkale reduced to its reflections and B&W. Splendid idea, well done!

Regards from Rhineland

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  • daddo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3581 W: 114 N: 6343] (28698)
  • [2014-11-22 12:20]

Merhaba Deniz. An evocative and delicate shot, particularly when compared to the recent shots I have seen of this place with numerous visitors wallowing in the terraces. A delicate beauty like Pamukkale needs a rest from noise and intruding bodies with all their body fluids.I hope the government does put some restrictions into force. Best wishes. Selam. Klaudio.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12202 W: 126 N: 22020] (112357)
  • [2014-11-22 14:55]

Hi Deniz,this is one of the most original pic from this touristic place that i never seen.I been there me too 5 years ago,and i know how isn't easy to take a new perspective or composition after a millions of photographers..ehehe...but your is a masterwork,great backlight with an exposure to the highest limits and a very well contrasted black and white too,great!!! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hello Deniz
Wonderful contre jour picture that has created a superb play of light and abstract forms in the calcite terraces. The group of people silhouetted against the misty background complete the composition magically.
have a great sunday

i think if you took this photo hdr or with a little close f numbre, it made your mountain at perspective better.it make people silhouet but your photo doesn't need good expose on people

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  • adores Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5744 W: 64 N: 11341] (46939)
  • [2014-11-28 14:32]

Hi Deniz!
At first glance it came to my mind that it is not common to see photos of this place in b&w and I guess at the moment it's not even common to see it with just a few people there (nowadays there are many more tourists than 20 years ago, when I was there). I like the result you got with this light, it almost looks like a b&w. I also like this composition.

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10637 W: 146 N: 26811] (128525)
  • [2014-11-29 8:00]

Hello Deniz, so nice to see you here, even in a short while only. Unusual view from Pamukkale, it reminds me the rice terraces from China, specially when it is black and white and we do not see the colours. Strange that they are so flat, usually we see them coming like stairs from the hill. The silhouettes and the tree look very attractive in the counter light.

Warm regrads MAlgo

Hello Deniz

The drama here comes from the very contrasty light: backlighting, or "contre-jour", as you say yourself. The group of people is a vital element in the composition as it gives us a focal point. Love the near-total monochrome effect.



As always, Deniz, your eye is impressive and your technique is precise. The composition is well-balanced and the contrast between pure silhouettes (the trees and people) and areas with shadow detail (for example, the reflections of the trees) is thought provoking.
I have only just recently found and read Roland Bathes' Camera Lucida -- not sure how I had missed it all these years! -- so allow me to share that for me, the punctum of this foto is the completely blank sky. It transforms the studium of the familiar forms of trees and people into a very other-worldly image. I enjoyed visiting another planet while viewing this work!
As always, best regards,
Russ Ham
Austin, Texas
La Paz, Baja California Sur

Hello Deniz
Splendid idea,excellent realized.
Nice minimalistic work.
The counter light creates a beautiful effect.
Excellent composition and presentation.
Kind regards

Cok guzel olmus. Uzun zaman sonra buralara bakayim dedim. Diger fotograflarınada bakacagim. Selamlar..

Hello Deniz,

Excellent composition, the only thing I can't understand is why did you left the colours. They are really hard to notice (on the thumbnail i thought it was BW) and they ad nothing to the visual effect. It is exactly a kind of photo I would see in BW.

Best Regards,

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  • ymrk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1442 W: 145 N: 1953] (15085)
  • [2015-08-09 12:30]

Bocelli'den canto della terra aklıma geldi birden :)
Monokrom renklerle ve zeminin görünümüyle nefis bir grafik etki ortaya koymuşsun deniz..Bir an Çindeki pirinç tarlaları aklıma geldi...Ellerine sağlık eski dostum...

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