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Cloud Factory

Cloud Factory
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1999-07
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon EOS 1vHS, Canon 24-70 mm f 2,8 L-USM, Fuji Provia 100
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Geysers, The Wildlife, Plants and Scenery of Chile, TN Favourites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-14 10:53
Viewed: 6842
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 39
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The geysers of el Tatio are reputedly the highest in the world at 4,200 meters ASL. There are 80 active geysers making it the third largest in the world.

This shot was taken just after sunrise, when the geysers are at their most active. The cloud bank was quite dense creating the blue light. About 20 minutes later it moved over obscuring the sun. I know the colours look unreal but at that altitude the blues are amazing.

The geysers are usually visited from San Pedro de Atacama, though you can camp (not advisable if you have not acclimatised).

This is a scanned slide. I have a similar, but different shot in my TE folder.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-03-14 11:13]

Hi James.

an amazing sight, well composed and timed. This really is a primitive looking landscape...

thanks for sharing,


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  • irimi Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 34 W: 2 N: 49] (266)
  • [2007-03-14 11:16]

Hello James,
Very nice view and composition you have here. Lit areas and shadows look amazing.


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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-03-14 11:17]

i always wondered where clouds came from! :) nice shot good composition. nice clouds and sky color.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-03-14 12:58]

Very impressive, James. Both the geysers and the clouds. True Provia blues! TFS

Hello James,
Even in this digital age, it is my firm conviction that nothing can match the magic of slides which many of us preferred as a medium not long time ago. I have a good collection of them from my treks in the Himalayas.
This fantastic image succeeds in giving me a virtual experience of these world famous geysers from Chile. That solid bank of clouds in the sky and those sharply contrasting ridges in the background give the picture a three-dimensional look.
Your well-written notes also add to the enjoyment of your images, James.
Best regards,

Hello James!
Very impressive picture with amazing landscape, great colours and timing :)
I like also a title - very good as for this photo! :)
TFS and all the best from Lodz,

Hi James,
What an awesome photo. I've heard about the geysers. You have to be there really early to capture them and it take a rather long drive to get there. Normally one would hope for a clear sky, but this cloud formation gave the photo a very beautiful atmosphere. I'm adding this to the geyser theme.

Fantastic viewshee. The steam vents seem to rise straight up to the stratosphere. The POV, and title add an other-worldly perspective. Well done.

Hi James, this is a very cool shot. This could be used in some scifi movie. Your composition is very good from that low point of view. The detail on the geysers, rock and clouds is awesome.

Thanks, John

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-03-15 1:31]

A surreal landscape, James.
The spouting geysers rising toward that expansive low cloud bank create a powerful visual impact.
The light is beautiful.
TFS. : )

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-03-15 5:23]

Hi James

This is indeed a very interesting and rather unique photo!
It's a pity we don't see more of these on TN.
The timing of your shot is impeccable and the sun-light gave you all sorts of wonderful colors.
The sky and clouds do indeed look amazing, while the sharpness is really great (considerring it's a scaned lide).
A superb composition!

Bravo and TFS

Hi James,
Impressive shot. Almost science fiction.
Well done

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2007-03-15 15:10]

Hello James,

WOW! What an incredible and artistic image! It seems that picture comes from another planet! It will do a great cover page for a Sci-fi book! Great composition and pov! The colors are completly amazing: I like it alot!

Congratulations for that great pic and TFS,


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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2007-03-15 19:49]

Hi James
this place is really out of this world...
Your capture is very good and the title is a complement...
Good DOF, POV, sharpness and colours in the morning Chile...

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2007-03-23 6:37]

Hi James,
Thi is an excellent capture. The contrasting light in the photo is amazing and the sky is beyond words.

Very interesting shot.
Clever title.
Must be amazing standing there and watching at those.

Hello James,

Never a dull moment with your photography! What a beautiful place, and the colours and contrast are outstanding! Very well composed my friend! Hope your trip to Libya is going well, take care. :)


Hi James,
Una imágen muy nítida y bella de éstos geysers del Tatio, sin duda una gran fotografía. Estamos a la espera de ver las fotografias chilenas.
Saludos cordiales.

great landscape, TFS Ori

What a striking scene, not just from the steam but the sky is appealing too.
Very interesting.

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