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Copyright: Selen Ediger (SelenE) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-03
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, Hoya UV 77mm
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/40 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Volcanoes and Volcanic Areas [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-03 16:46
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Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Goreme, located among the "fairy chimneys" rock formations, is a town in Cappadocia, a historical region of Turkey. It is in the Nevsehir Province in Central Anatolia. The Goreme National Park (Göreme Milli Parklar in Turkish) was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985. (from wikipedia)

*Land of the Volcanoes
Cappadocia, with its fascinating landscapes, lies in the central Anatolian highlands of Turkey. The plateau has an average height of over 1000 m and is marked by its steppe-like vegetation. It's climate varies between cold, damp winters and hot, dry summers. The landscape is studded with bizarre rock formations, the result of volcanic activity, wind and water.

Ancient Volcanos
The volcano came into being some three million years ago at a fault between two continental plates. The magnificent landscape around Göreme has been formed from its solidified lava streams, its ash and tuff stone, all dating from Neocene period. It is criss-crossed by deep valleys formed by heavy erosion. Only small mounds of non-volcanic origin stand out above this. No further volcanic eruptions have been recorded in more recent times. But earthquakes throughout most of Anatolia testify to the constant tensions in the earth's crust and shifts in the continents.
The second largest volcanic massif in inner Anatolia after Erciyes Dag¦ is the 3268 m tall Hasan Dag¦. It's present name was given to it by the first Seljuk prince of western Cappadocia, Hasan.

The onset of the volcanic activity began some 14 million years ago. It continued until 8000 years ago, when the inhabitants of the famous Neolithic settlement Çatal Höyük depicted the event in their wall-paintings.

Bizarre Tufa Landscape
Cappadocia numbers among the most fascinating corners of the world. This veritable lunar landscape distinguishes itself by its extensive geological formations, which often have an unreal air to them. The highly typical morphological structures of Cappadocia are the result of thousands of years of continual erosion, which has shaped the tuff deposits into the strangest pyramids and cones. The process was assisted by the different strata of volcanic ash, which through the course of ages were compressed to form firm tuff rocks.

Source:CD-ROM "Cappadocia, the land of rock cut churches" published by www.mediacultura.de & the Cappadocia Academy in 2004

Exposure Program: Manual
Exposure Time: 1/40
F-Stop: f/13.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 400
Focal Length: 10 mm
Date Taken: 2007-06-03 05:50
Metering Mode: Average

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Harika bir görüntü ellerine saglık Selen

Selen merhaba,
Oldukça farklı ama süper bir fotoğraf olmuş. Alttaki balon ve Kapadokyanın eşsis yapısını güzel yansıtmışsın. Vrdiğin bilgiler de oldukça güzel olmuş. Tebrikler. Mustafa

çok güzel bir fotoğraf. Tebrikler Selen.

İyi geceler Selen .görüntü muhteşem .Güzel bir çalışma paylaşımın için teşekkürler .

great, I was flying these baloons in Cappadocia a month ago. greetings Ori

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-06-03 17:22]

Hi Selen

A lovely shot with great perspective and saturation.

I first visited Cappadocia in 1980 when the area was quite remote and relatively little visited.


Hi Selen,
This is really an amazing shot. Great colorful contrasts, nice sharp. You captured the balloon in a fantastic scenery, well done. Very special that you was also in a balloon.
Informative note also.
Regards, Ruud

  • Proframe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 549 W: 183 N: 1069] (4096)
  • [2007-06-03 17:31]

Very nice landscape image with wonderful point of view Selen.
I suppose you were i a balloon also flying above the wonderful colored one.
Lovely details and contrast between the colorful balloon and the flat color tones of the landscape.
Thanks for sharing
Best regards, Harry

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2007-06-03 17:32]

Great landscape shot, rock formation in combination with the balloon are an interesting scenery together.
TFS Reina

Hello Selen,
Unique capture & very well done.
An exceptional view up there I bet..I envy you :)

Hi Selen,
Very unusual angle, capturing from another hot-air balloon? Amazingly beautiful view.
Excellent shot.


Hola Selen, unas vistas preciosas. Tiene que ser un lugar muy bello para visitar. Buen POV y DOF. Una pregunta ¿Desde donde has tomado la foto?, se ve un punto de vista muy alto. Enhorabuena. Un saludo.

José Luis

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-06-04 7:40]

Hello Selen!
So, you were in baloon, too? That's great! I envy you :-) Beautifull place and beautifull view. Mountains from this pov looks like teeth of some kind of ancient beast!

Cool shot, Selen!

merhaba Selen,
peribacalarının farklı bir açıdan görüntüsü harika olmuş; haziran ayında kar yağmışcasına güzel... netlik ve kompozisyon olarak da çok güzel. eline sağlık, selamlar

Hi Selen.
Awesome POV. Great sharpness and composition. I love those textures on the ground and of course the splash of colour from the balloon. Very well done.
Regards, Steve.

Hi Selene,
Now that is a super cool perspective! Great shot on this one with very nice results especially that POV. :)

Hi Selen,
The thumbnail fooled me. I thought you posted some kind of candy. The large version does make for a much better view. This kind of top down view makes the landscape change completely. There is no depth and it is impossible to tell how high these peaks are. I find it very interesting. I rewlly like this POV with the baloon as a focal point surrounded by the stunning landscape. I am sure you had a blast while in the air. One small nit, the partial baloon on the right.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-06-04 15:15]
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Hi Selen. This is a amazing landscape shot. The detail and colours are fantastic.The POV is great. where were you in a ballon as well ?
TFS great notes as well
Very well done

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  • krall Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 47] (1286)
  • [2007-06-04 16:15]


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-06-05 2:36]

Hi Selen

This is indeed something new, somethinf refreshing and something very beautiful!
Those formations down there are amazing and the 3D effect they give to the composition is most impressive.
On the contrary (although not really a natural thing) the round baloon creates a geometrical contrast with them and also gives some vivid colors.
Great capture! I'm sure it also felt amazing! ;)

Bravo and TFS

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-06-05 13:49]

The colors of the balloon contrast nicely with the landscape. Excellent pov by the way. Selamlar,

Que la vie est belle vue d'en-haut !
Bonne journée.

Hola Selen,
Precioso el paisaje que nos presentas, las rocas son impresionantes. Saludos
José Ramón

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