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yet (un)spoilt beauty!?

yet (un)spoilt beauty!?
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Copyright: Michal Grabowski (cedryk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-09
Categories: River
Camera: Canon 400D, Sigma 18-200 Zoom F3.5-6.3 DC, @ ISO 200, Hoya Circ Polarizer
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Rivers [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-08-30 14:11
Viewed: 4803
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today I'd like to show you a river from an opposite side of Ukraine, just 8 kilometers south from the border with Belarus. Look how different the landscape is: vividly green and with fertile soils. On the picture you can see an upper part of the Pripyat River.

Pripyat is quite a large lowland river originating in western Ukraine, from where it flows through Belarus, then going to Ukraine again where it drains to the artificial Kiev Reservoir built on the Dnieper River, close to the infamous Chernobyl Nuclear Powerplant and the city of Pripyat, completely abandoned after the Chernobyl disaster (formerly 50,000 inhabitants). The total length of Pripyat is 775 km, and its drainage area covers some 121,000 square kilometers.

In its upper flow the river is very natural and slowly flowing, with wide and shallow valley covered by green traditionally used pastures, woodlands and marshes. It serves as a green corridor for many species of aquatic animals. In Belarus it's partially channelised and forms a part of the Dnieper-Bug navigational canal. Below the Chernobyl Powerplant the river has however high level of caesium-137 in its bottom sediments and transports them down to the Dnieper. Anyway, the local people still fish in the area...

There are several hypotheses to explain the etymology of the name "Pripyat":

1. "Pri" means near and "pyat" means five in the Eastern Slavonic languages - this may describe the confluence of Pripyat with five other big rivers. Isn't it similar to etymology of Punjab in India!?

2. Local word "pripech" is used to describe a sandy bank river.

3. In Baltic languages word "preipente" means "the river at the spurs". In fact the Pripyat is very shallow in the area inhabited once by the Balts.

The part of the river presented here is extremely clean and full of life. I could see a lot of interesting aquatic insects there. Look also how dark the water is. The brown colour is very characteristic for natural lowland rivers and comes from the tannins flushed from the plant remnants in the soil.

The only thing that spoils this otherwise natural landscape is the powerline seen in the distance, but well, somehow it's a also a part of this view and I couldn't find a good POV without it. Hope you don't mind :-)
Thanks for looking!

info: Wikipedia

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Hello Michal,
Lazy meanders suggest a fairly flat stretch of river. Sure looks like a great natural area, notwithstanding the power lines. Thanks for sharing.


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  • RDx Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14 W: 4 N: 65] (282)
  • [2009-08-30 22:42]

For me the gradient blue makes the image for me .

  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-09-01 2:07]

Witam ponownie!

No, to miejsce jest super! Filtr polaryzacyjny pieknie nasycil kolory nieba, traw i rzeki. Teren plaski, ale mimo wszystko kompozycja wyszla calkiem fajnie. Jak widze cos takiego, to od razu wlacza mi sie odruch - wyjac sloik, siatke i sprawdzic co tez tam sobie plywa w tej wodzie :-)

Super zdjęcie.
Podoba mi się kompozycja i kolory.
Ale chyba najbardziej w zdjęciu podoba mi nastrój zdjęcia - po prostu niczym nie zmącony spokój.
Do tego ciekawa notka.

Hello Michal.

Lovely photograph from the river Prypiat. Attractive point of view and fine composition of it. The sharpness is very good. The depth of field is very good and the sharpness is good on the whole photograph. The river seems me to be a little bit too dark and its colors not so natural on the foreground of the photograph. In my opinion, it would have be better to make a panoramic scene in order to limit the size of the sky and to eliminate the dark foreground.

Hope to see you soon on treknature.

All the best.


Chwilka wolniejszego czasu miedzy jednym a drugim "bojowym zadaniem"...
Jakos przeoczylem to zdjecie wczesniej, a ma bardzo fajna kompozycje :)
Podoba mi sie takze klorystyka zdjecia, od ciemnego granatu do blekitu i zywej zieleni :)
Moze tylko te slupy troche psuja efekt koncowy, ale to w sumie detal :)

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