Sunrise at Vinales (Viñales), Cuba, for Lior by Elcet ()
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The Vinales (Viñales) area, some 30km (ca. 20 miles) North of Pinar del Rio, West of Cuba, is world famous for its mogotes, which are peculiar rounded hills made by the karstic erosion of limestone layers. The hotel Las Terazas, some miles away from Vinales, is the most renowned point to observe the sun rising on this wonderful landscape, which can inspire Vue, Terragen or Carrara enthusiasts liking to create alien worlds. I took this image here… After having shoot pictures, the tourists can appreciate an excellent breakfast, bath in the swimming-pool or make a nice walk with a guide who is able to give them interesting explanations about trees, flowers, tobacco culture, birds etc. But, if you want to capture this kind of sunrise, please notice that the extremely high contrast makes a trap for most CCD devices (except the most recent and top-level ones), resulting on sky burnt into a plain white, while the shadows appear black and without details. For this reason I took a lot of photos, and this one is a collage of two of them taken with different exposure data in Manual mode. I dedicate this picture to my friend Lior, an excellent Terragen artist who is also a good photographer. Comments welcome.
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Techdata: Nikon D70 with Nikkor 3.5-4.5/18-70 Pro ED at 22mm, ISO 200, manual mode. 1/60s at f/8 for the low-lights, 1/250s at f/8 for the highlights. Collage and an Adjustement Layer Hue/Saturation acting on the upper (more exposed) Layer in Photoshop CS3 Extended, not to create special effects but to try to reproduce the mood of the scene that I was seeing. A bit of sharpening (in Lab Mode) too, because I noticed that reflexions within the very complex zoom damaged seriously the sharpness of the image compared to a photo taken in more favourable conditions.
Image Comments (35)
MrsRatbag () 12:09PM | Sat, 04 October 2008
Beautiful scene; I particularly like that little pointed shack. The colors of the earth and green are rich, and the backdrop of those strange mounds is wonderful!
lior () 1:08PM | Sat, 04 October 2008
Bonsoir Edouard, Il est vrai que cette image pourrait inspirer un utilisateur de Vue voire TG2 mais pas TG1 car il n'est pas possible d'importer de la végétation. Mais ces générateurs de paysages ne pourront jamais rivaliser avec la beauté de la nature comme c'est le cas concernant cette image qui est d'une beauté indéniable et indicible! Une dédicace à laquelle je ne m'attendais pas qui me touche vraiment: te remercier ne suffirait pas.M'en voici plus qu'honoré! Amicalement et très chaleureusement, Lior
Janiss () 2:29PM | Sat, 04 October 2008
Quel fabuleux paysage que je ne connais, hélas, pas! Les lumières et les teintes de ce lieu sont splendides... un bien beau cadeau... merci Edouard!
mtc () 3:32PM | Sat, 04 October 2008
Paysage vraiment étonnant et meme fascinant. Il y a dans cette image de très belles lumières et un rendu pictural, peut etre dû à un petit manque de piqué qui, à mon avis ne dessert pas ta photo.Et pour celà aussi, finalement aussi: "bravo".
durleybeachbum () 3:50PM | Sat, 04 October 2008
Marvellous! A beautiful pic of a fascinating landscape!
novelist () 6:09PM | Sat, 04 October 2008
Gorgeous scene and it's always interesting to learn about your technique. It's so wonderful to be able to visit places in the world I'll probably never see through the eyes of such talented people because you know how to capture the significant details. I love the colors in this, and the landforms are intriguing. Thanks for sharing!
jocko500 () 6:12PM | Sat, 04 October 2008
wow this is super to lok at. never saw hills like this before. cool loking
UteBigSmile () 2:35AM | Sun, 05 October 2008
Outstanding - Want to spend holidays some day in Cuba!!! Hug's
El_Lee () 7:49AM | Sun, 05 October 2008
Absolutely stunning capture. You caught the true beauty of the area well. 5++
2Loose2Trek () 8:53PM | Sun, 05 October 2008
Very nice composition and POV ... and wonderful dedication. Well done.
kitzie21 () 5:27AM | Mon, 06 October 2008
Wow, quelle vue spectaculaire! On se dirait facilement: avec un paysage pareil, facile de prendre une photo éblouissante, mais tes explications montrent bien que c'est loin d'être évident. Chapeau!
Heathcroft () 9:37AM | Tue, 07 October 2008
I feel I am there , particularly with your excellent 'tour' guide! Great shot and information. Dave
dphoadley () 1:13AM | Wed, 08 October 2008
Excellent! -and Lior is a very good friend of mine too. DO keep up the good work. DPH
clam73 () 8:36PM | Sun, 12 October 2008
this is really a wonderful scenery.....lovely shot, congrats!
KarmaSong () 6:11PM | Mon, 13 October 2008
Un paysage de toute beauté qui semble baigner dans une atmosphère un peu lourde de chaleur jusqu'à en imprégner toute la photo. Bravo Edouard!