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Laguna Colorada

Laguna Colorada
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Copyright: Christophe Pignat (pic) Silver Star Critiquer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 5] (191)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-15
Categories: Desert
Camera: Nikon D70, AF Nikkor 18-70mm DX, 58mm circular polarizer
Exposure: f/16, 1/50 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-07 9:04
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Favorites: 8 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
This Laguna is very special because the red color of the water are made with tiny microfossiles. This laguna is at 4300 m. over the see.

The photo was taken in the morning at 8 A.M. with a polarized filter.

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Hi Christophe,
What an amazing photo. The stunning color of the lake is just breath taking. I've never seen such a rich colored lake. Your POV and composition are beautiful, such good idea to use the rock as lead in lines. The BG with the beautifully shaped rock and white beach is perfect. Added to my fav's

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  • kojak Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 19] (163)
  • [2007-01-07 9:38]

Hi Christophe, astonishing picture, really! Never seen coloured water like this before.
I like the composition, details are good, framing is nice... I like it all!!!
This deserves a big smily, congrats ;)


Hi Christophe, wonderful landscape, splendid composition with magic reflection, magnificente light and colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Christophe,

Fantastic photo, great work. I can even see the flamingos on the shore.POV, the reflection and composition are all fine.

Well done & TFS.

The red colour of water over-powers me in this landscape image, Christophe. Those rocks in it give the composition a special look and appeal and the blue sky on the horizon juxtaposes the colours in a beautiful way.
I extend you a late but hearty welcome to TN.

Hi, Christophe.
Colors are just! And very nice composition too. Goode exposure and depth. Beautiful reflection.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-01-07 11:00]

Amazing colours and a lovely composition. Great POV. Nice FG interest in the rocks and amazing reflection at the back



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  • TBW Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 28 N: 200] (846)
  • [2007-01-07 12:44]

What a cool place! Very nice foreground detail with the white rocks. Great contrast in colours!
Very nice!


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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2007-01-07 12:54]

This is an excellent picture. I love the colors and the composition is very good. Lovely POV and great DOF. I can see some jpeg compression artefacts but those are not in the original file of course. :)


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  • Valf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 66 W: 0 N: 120] (522)
  • [2007-01-07 12:59]

Bonjour Christophe,
Belle photo, très bonne composition, les couleurs sont intenses grâce au filtre polarisant.
Salutations, Francois

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2007-01-07 13:37]

Hi Chris,
Breath-taking shot, beautiful and technically superb. You certainly caught the right light for such a moody shot
Well done and TFS

HI Christophe,
The framing is abit heavy...
Doesn't matter...picture is quite extraordinary.
Never saw this before on this planet. On Mars though, I saw...;-)
Good image!

Bonsoir Christophe

Magnifique et suréaliste cette photo. Les couleur de cette lagune sont somptueuse, la lumiere également.


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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2007-01-07 19:31]

Hello Christophe,
What a great picture You've done. Colors are stunning and composition is perfect. Congratulations and TFS

Hi Christophe

WEow... this is a surreal shot! Wonderful camera work. :-)

A great photo. The amazing colour is of course it's best asset, but also the foreground interest and the symmetry of the mountain in the background. My only criticism is the uneven darkness in the sky. This is perhaps caused by the polarising filter.

Superb shot
Great composition and rich colours
Great light
Well done


Une photo vraiment intéressante! Les couleurs sont fantastiques, la composition est bonne. Ce sont des flamants roses au loin ?


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-01-08 14:34]

Bonsoir Christophe,
Très belle vue sur cette laguna colorada. Magnifique paysage dépouillé, presque épuré. Beau travail.

Hi Christophe.
Wow! what colour. How lucky you were to find such an amazing location. Beautifully photographed. Great composition.
Regards, Steve.

Hi Christophe,
This is fantastic!
I think I have never seen an image of this lagoon with the water so red.
I guess the polarizer eliminated the reflection and made this so striking.
TFS - Shir

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  • yllen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 230 W: 0 N: 16] (641)
  • [2007-01-10 9:00]

Hola Chris:
Bello cuadro de esta laguna colorada. Hermosos colores en esta agradable composiciòn, con muy buenos reflejos en el agua.

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  • jojo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 8] (176)
  • [2007-01-11 11:18]

Merveilleuse photo, excellentes couleurs
bons détails


Great shot! It held my gaze for a long time. Love the reflections and rocks in the foreground.
Good stuff.


Hola Christophe,
Solo caben pocos adjetivos a esta imágen: estupenda, majestuosa, incrible, perfecta. Me encanta la composición, el colorido, los reflejos en esa agua roja...todos

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-01-25 15:52]

Wow! Excellent shot. Astonishing and really interesting landscape. Wonderful colors, pov and composition and magnificent presentation.
A superb job, really.
Thank you very much for sharing
Best wishes

Stunning color and reflection. I am glad you explained why the water is red because otherwise I would have thought it may have been "artisticly" redone on photoshop. The place does feel unearthly.

Te has lucido... increíble fotografía por sus colores, simetrías, detalles, composición ... excelente !!

Saludos desde España: J. Ignasi

It is lovely!
My first thought was a lake contaminated by mercury compounds, but you noted it was reddened by rhodophyta which relieved my mind considerably.
In addition, I like the way you masked the scene with a black rectangle to get the multi-coloured thin line.

This is a classic landscape composition Christophe.

Beautifully executed and that f16 aperture has kept everything pin sharp.
Now officially one of my favourites!


Salut Christophe,

magnifique photo !
Le filtre polarisant ajoute une impression surréaliste. Et j'aime beaucoup la composition avec les pierres au premier plan, le reflet, les quelques flamands que l'on devine, le volcan et le ciel limpide.
L'endroit est de toute façon magnifique !


wow, almost like glass, TFS Ori

Great shot with fabulous colours and composition.

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