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Bartolome Island

Bartolome Island
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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: 2007-04-28
Categories: Seascape, Mountain, Ocean
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, Hoya 77mm Super-HMC CPL MCPRO1
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Volcanoes and Volcanic Areas [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-16 5:17
Viewed: 5638
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Bartolome Island
This is a relatively small island off the south eastern coast of Santiago in Sullivan Bay. The geology is interesting in that there are a large number of cinder cones and spatter cones, giving a major part of the island a 'moonscape' appearance.

Bartolome is an extinct volcano that has many cones in various stages of erosion, many craters scattered around and lava tubes in different states of preservation. The crystal clear water surrounding the island allows visitors to see even more cones submerged near the shore.

It is possible to climb to the summit of a volcano (now inactive) to obtain a magnificent view. There are steps to the summit both to make the climb easier and also to protect the volcanic ash from erosion by climbers. (Source:Galapagos Conservation Trust)

*Volcanoes of Galapagos
Perhaps the most striking feature of the Galápagos is not its wildlife nor its history, but the extraordinary diversity of volcanic landscapes. From the simple symmetry of Sombrero Chino (the aptly named Chinese Hat) to the blasted lunar landscape of Bartolome, it is obvious that here nature can be at its most violent. The initial reaction of even the least observant voyager -- and if Darwin was anything, it was observant -- is justified: Every island in the Galápagos archipelago is volcanic in origin.

Like Hawaii, the Galápagos sit on a "hot spot" in the earth's crust, a structural weakness where magma flows through the solid plate, building volcanoes as it does so. Concurrently, the plates of the earth's crust -- in this case, the Nazca Plate -- float on the mantle, slowly moving in the process known as Plate Tectonics. As a result, the volcanoes of the hot spot seem to appear in different locations over time. In the case of the Hawaiian chain, the newest island (the Big Island of Hawaii, with its active volcanoes Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea) is the easternmost, and the oldest and most dormant islands are to the west.

In the case of the Galápagos, the oldest islands are to the east, such as San Cristóbal and Española, and even older islands now submerged beneath the Pacific. The existing islands in the archipelago are thought to be at most five million years old, but still older islands may be submerged as much as 2,000 meters below the surface -- over a mile underwater, and some nine million years old. On the other hand, the newest island is the most volcanically active: Fernandina, where eruptions have occurred as recently as 1994, and the island itself may be only hundreds of thousands of years old.

Most of the islands of the Galápagos are formed around single shield volcano cones. Shield volcanoes -- so named for their gentle slope and regular shape -- are formed when the magmatic flow is basaltic, or low in water content. Basalt flows slowly, in broad lava flows, building on itself in a process of accretion; the dark reddish flanks of Galápagos volcanoes such as Fernandina are indicative of basaltic content. Basalt flows much more easily than silica-rich lava such as andesite, which forms sharper cone-shaped peaks such as those of the Cascades (Mt. Rainier or the recently truncated Mt. St. Helens), Mt. Fuji in Japan, or the high volcanic peaks of the Ecuadorian Andes (Cotopaxi and Chimborazo). Andesite, in fact, is named for the Andes, where it was first scientifically described.

While the solitary volcanic peak of its islands is typical of the archipelago, at least one island is composed of more than a single volcano. Isabela is made up of six volcanoes, five of them recently active, which have merged together as their flows spread to meet one another. Some day Fernandina, most active of all volcanoes in the islands, may expand its slopes to fill the Bolivar Canal and join with Isabela to create the largest of all Galápagos islands -- at 2,000 square miles, still only half the size of Hawaii.
(*Source: © TerraQuest 1996)

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To vanderschelden: wide angleSelenE 3 05-18 10:12
To vanderschelden: No Canon EF UWASunToucher 3 05-17 06:24
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Hi Selen,
Wonderful wide angle shot. Impressive landscape.
You know (at least I guess so) Canon has superb EF (without s) wide angles...

Hola Selen,
Una imagen muy hermosa, de bella composición con luz y colores muy lindos. Saludos
José Ramón

Merhaba Selen Hanım,
Muhteşem derinlik,harika renkler
Kutlarım sizi

Hi Selen,
I think I see the location of your beach photo. Just of the right if the green. The contrast between the different colored soil and the blue sky and ocean is really wonderful. That small forrest in the center is a great eye catcher. The patterns in the rock in the FG are very interesting. I would have liked to see a slightly stonger FG interest.

Hi Selen,

I love this landscape. You have handled the exposure exceptionally well. I like the colours and the composition. Well done.


Selen merhaba , ilginç bir coğrafik yapı , güzel bir fotoğraf , paylaşımına teşekkürler.

Muy buenas Selen
Toda una preciosad de isla y de foto la que nos muestras, lo que daría uno por estar en ese bello paraje.
Un saludo

Hello Selen,
Colors, details, POV and DOF are amazing here. This is a wonderful scenery realized with great skills; something that we don’t see often. This is very well done with as usual, useful notes. Thanks,

Hello Selen!
Amazing POV! I really like this perspective. Fantastic details and very good DOF. Colours and saturation are also very beautiful. I like also a note, I found there a lot of ery interesting and unknown information for me.
Thank you for showing this beauty presentation and have a nice day!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-05-16 8:10]

Hi Selen,
Wonderful landscape shot. Rich colours, sharp details, awesome POV and great DOF. I like the depth od the shot as well as the light & shadow play. Simply majestic. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-05-16 9:24]

Hello Selen,
Beautiful landscape.POV,colors,effect of wide angle view,dramatic sky and visual impact are excellent.

Hi, Selen.
Beautiful view. Strong nice colors. Well composed.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-05-16 12:26]

Merhaba Selen,
This is truly impressive. The eye follows the terrain in the foreground all the way across the water. Very nice lead. The contrast by the shadows and lit areas is striking. Hosçakal,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-05-16 15:30]

Hi Selen

An excellent treatment of this 'classic' view. I think the wide angle approach really adds something to the view.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-05-16 17:06]

Hola Selen,
un bello paisaje,
precioso pov,
hermosos detalles,

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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2007-05-16 18:35]

Alptekin Bey'in bu bölgede çektiği fotoğrafları da içeren bir sunum izlemiştim. Harika bir yer. Notlar da en az fotoğraf kadar iyi. Elinize sağlık Selen Hanım.

Hi Selen.
Nice capture with excellent sharpness and colours. Great atmosphere.
Well done. tfs. Stev

Hi Selen.
Very beautiful landscape. Great colours and POV. I love the sky. It looks vast and bright. Well done.
Regards, Steve.

Derinlik,gökyüzündeki ve denizdeki renkler manzara hepsi fevkalade.ellerine saglık Selen

İyi geceler Selen
Kartpostallık bir görüntü inanılmaz güzellikler ve bilgiler bizlerle paylaştıgın için teşekkür ederiz

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2007-05-21 4:45]

Merhaba Selen Hanım,
Ecuador fotograflarınızın hepsi birbirinden güzel. Bu resimdeki derinlik ve canlı gökyüzü özellikle etkileyici. Elinize sağlık.

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2007-06-02 13:35]

Hi Selen,
I was there too. But if I compare my photographic results with yours I realize what an experienced artist you are. My compliments to the picture of a savage scenery. You made the forces of volcanoes and of the sea visible.
My best regards,

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