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Erawan Waterfalls

Erawan Waterfalls
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Copyright: Paul Lees (PaulLees) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 548 W: 0 N: 1647] (9004)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-12-27
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Nikon D90, Nikkor 10-24mm Wide Angle, UV filters
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/8 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-23 23:04
Viewed: 3000
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Erawan Falls near Kanchanaburi, Thailand, are perhaps the most beautiful. While not the tallest, widest, or most gallons/minute, the clarity of the water and the unique limestone formations make them the most interesting.

The water passes through underground limestone deposits, and comes out loaded with calcium carbonate, leaving layers of limestone over everything and giving the water its unnaturally blue-green color. When I say limestone covers everything, I mean *everything*. Logs in the river are coated with as much as a centimeter of rock, and even leaves.

One really interesting phenomenon is the rocks a the base of the falls... some don't touch the water underneath!!! How? They grow out from the cliff face from the CaCO3 deposits, and you can swim underneath them and have a few centimeters of breathing space.

There are seven steps of the waterfall, spread out over a kilometer and a half, and each of them is different. A couple of the pools are large enough to swim in, and the water is quite nice. Some of the falls have limestone caves filled with stalagmites. Some of the pools have very aggressive fish, which attack your toes. Some of the falls are only ten or so feet tall, and some are around 70 feet.


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just wonderful photo, natural performance!
regards Paul

Ciao Paul,beautiful composition with lovely waterfall, splendid light, and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Idyllic scene from a good point of view. Nice impression of flowing water. Good light and detail. Interesting note.
regards yiannis

Hello Paul,
This is a wonderful shot. The note is very informative. Very well done and tfs.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2012-01-24 5:11]

Fantastic view, Paul!
Great perspective and perfect light; splendid natural colours. Very well done!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-01-24 7:38]

Hello Paul,
Nice photo of this waterfall in very beautiful natural colours and a great DOF. Excellent choice of composition.

Beautiful place and beautiful photo Pauly! Very good composition, wonderful lighting and good sharpness.

Hi Pauly,
what a nice photo of this waterfall. Excellent use of time. Great point of view. Excellent details. Of course beautiful place.
Thanks for sharing,

hallo paul
Lovely place with great details ,nice light and beautiful naturel colours
i like this place
thanks greeting lou

Hello Paul,
Spectacular landscape with great focus and very good clarity.
It is a interesting image. The composition and POV are outstanding.
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Pauly,
A beautiful diagonal composition of these waterfalls captured with nice colours. Interesting note, too. Well done!

Hi Paul,
An Excellent image of the Erawan Waterfalls in total serenity and very informative notes. You managed to capture this in explicit colors, detail and sharpness and yet preserved the softness of the moment. Excellent work my friend.
Best regards and enjoy your week,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-01-24 12:08]

Hello Paul.
Very beautiful scene, good composition and pov, excellent exposure, beautiful colora and good sharpness and dof. the place looks so peaceful.
Best regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-01-24 14:22]

Hi Paul,great choice of point of view and magnificent silk effect create by the water and the long time of exposure,i like a lot this kind of pics!!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Pauly

Beautiful view of these Waterfalls, with fine POV
and framing, beautiful movement of the Waterfalls, TFS


Hello Paul,
Wonderful place. Great show of water.

Hello Pauly,
I like this view and the refreshing water. Looks like a nice place for a dip on a hot and humid day. Love the natural tone and light catching at the top of the frame.
Thanks and have a nice day.

p/s: Hope Liverpool will win the Carling cup this year.

beautiful paradise, TFS Ori

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