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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: 2007-02-25
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Lakes of the World [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-07 11:59
Viewed: 4009
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Endless glittering salt layers from Tuz Golu (Salt Lake)

*Tuz Golu in Turkish, is a saline lake occupying a huge area in the arid central plateau of Turkey, about 65 miles (105 km) northeast of Konya, neighboring also Nigde and Ankara provinces. It's the second largest lake of Turkey, after Lake Van, lying at an elevation of 2,970 feet (905 m) as a tectonic lake. Despite it's huge area (580 sq miles or 1500 sq kilometers) for most of the year is very shallow (between 0,5-1 meters), especially during dry summer months when the water evaporates in huge quantities leaving a tick crust of salt on the surface up to 30 centimeters. This salt is extracted, worked, refined and sold in the local market, thus making this the biggest industry for small towns' economy in the area. It's not only the biggest salt lake of Turkey but one of the biggest in the world as well. The density of the water is 1.225 gr/cm3, and salt percentage is 32.4%. The lake has no outlet, and only few surface streams feed it but they dry in the summer when the climate is hot. Rainfall in the surrounding area is as low as 10 inches (250 mm) per year. There are also many small lakes around the Tuz Golu; Kulu Lake, Samsam Lake, Uyuz Lake, Kozanli Saz Lake, Boluk Lake, Tersakan Lake, Esmekaya Lake and Hirfanli Dam Lake.
(*info from All About Turkey © Burak Sansal 1996–2007)

*Economically, salt lakes are important as a source of minerals (especially halite, but including also uranium, zeolites, lithium, borax and many other minerals), water (by diversion of inflows), fish, biochemical products (e.g. glycerol and β-carotene from Dunaliella, protein from Spirulina), and foodstuffs for aquaculture (especially Artemia cysts). Many are of cultural significance (e.g. the Dead Sea). A large number has high aesthetic values both as naturally attractive environments (e.g. Mono Lake, California), and as habitats for certain biota (notably flamingos).

Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
.Hoya 77mm Super-HMC Circular Polarizer Multi Coated Pro 1 Extra Thin Glass Filter
Exposure Time: 1/200 sec
F-Stop: f/9.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 10 mm
Date Taken: 2007-02-25 14:38

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-03-07 13:35]

Hello Selen,
Looks like a plant that adapted itself to surviving in salt? Photo itself is sharp and the wide-angle composition is cool. I'd use something in the 15-20 mm focal length range to put the plant more towards the bottom. I'm suprised to see the amount of light fall-off with this lens even at f/9. Best wishes,

Hi Selen,
What a cool shot. The structure of the salt crystals is really interesting. the little plant covered in salt makes for a great focal point. I really like the lighting in this photo with the most brightest reflection right above the plant. The low POV works perfectly with the wide angle. Hakans idea is a good one, but a simple crop would do the trick as well.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-03-07 14:15]

Merhaba Selen,
Harika olmuş.Geniş alan derinliğinin yarattığı etki müthiş.Selamlar,ellerine sağlık!

Hi there Selen,

I imagine there isn't too much out there in those salt plains! This foreground subject is an interesting feature. The shimmering sun must have caused mayhem with the camera's metering but it has opulled it off leaving a perfect balance. I might have placed the plant to the side with a sligthly lower POV, not sure if it would have worked so effectively with the great range you have in you BG though.
Anyway, nice post, a bit different and useful note.


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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-03-07 15:57]

Bonsoir Selen
Prise de vue originale en contre-jour, belle composition et sujet.
Amicalement Robi

Hello selen,

well done Iv always wonted to go to salt flat and photgraphy it. well done excllent colors Bg POv DOF perfect detail svery crisp.

TFS Kyle

Hello Selen
What a great landscape you captured
here,Great POV and lighting,
Fantastic compo,Welldone.


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