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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 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-20 8:00
Viewed: 3924
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Flying over the wonderful valleys of Goreme in the early morning is a nice way to start the day. This one was taken around 6 am from another hot-air balloon. I know it is not so convenient to post a landscape with a balloon inside to TN, but believe me it's almost impossible to exclude the ballons here because they are everywhere...

*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

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F 11 ile harika görünüyor muhteşem bir manzara ellerine saglık Selen

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-06-20 8:27]

Hi Selen

I think the balloon is fine - it gives a sense of scale.

A nice sharp image of the amazing landscape with excellent light.


Hi Selen,
An amazing landscape, it really would be nice to gently glide over it and take it all in. One balloon is Ok! hehe. I like the lighting of the darker foreground and the sun on the landscape in the distance. Nice photo,

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-06-20 9:51]

What a fantastic and beautiful experience must be to fly on a balloon over such a beautiful and amazing landscape! I envy you, Selen.
Excellent shot and valuable note.
Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

Büyüleyici bir manzara ve çok güzel bir fotoğraf. Netlik, detaylar, alan derinliği hepsi de yerli yerinde. Tebrikler. Mustafa

Hi Selen ,
nice and clean shot.
well composed and great focus.
A perfect capture
best wishes

hi selen,
lovely landscape shot, the presence of the baloon makes the shot more interesting, nice pov, well composed shot,
tfs & regards

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-06-20 12:31]

Hi Selene.
This is amazing view on beautiful and interesting rock formations.Wonderful POV that the did you got from that balloon.Really splendid place and thanks for your informative note.Very good exposure,focus and composition.Well done.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

Hello Selene,
It is a great landscape shot,
very sharp with excellent light,
and perfect colors, very well composed, TFS.
best regards/Lawhill

Hi Selen

I think the ballon adds some scale. Without it, it would be hard to know what I am looking at.

I love the rock formations here. they are totally strange to me and you have shown me something of a country I would not have known about.

The varying colours are great, with the mornign light catching the upper half of the picture and adding the pink tint.


Beautiful and bizzare landscape. Very good image - agree with Jamesp on the baloon giving it scale. Bravo! Cheers, Klaus!

Hola Selen,

magníficas vistas de esa hermosa tierra. Muy buen POV y DOF. Debe ser un lugar maravilloso. TFS. Un saludo.

José Luis

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-22 2:33]

Merhaba Selen,
Çok güzel bir Kapadokya fotografı.Güneş alan ve gölgeli bölgeleri bir arada kusursuz pozlamışsın.Reklam afişi olabilecek kalitede bir çalışma.Tebrikler,ellerine sağlık!

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-06-22 17:22]

Excellent composition, Selen. Shades and highlights show good detail. I miss the colorful balloons, but this TAA one blends well with the geology. Selamlar,

Hi Selen

I don't think that the balloon, in this particular case, is a disturbing element, especially because it almost is the same color as the rocks.

I like the early morning atmosphere and the lightning that goes with it. I'm often in the mountains, so I talk from experience.

What makes your picture particular is the unity of color and the soft light. Of course, the another special touch comes from the fact that it is taken from a balloon. The point of view therefore is great.


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