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Tepuy - The 'Lost World'

Tepuy - The 'Lost World'
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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: 1989-07
Categories: Rain Forest
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-05-01 10:39
Viewed: 6598
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The tepuys were the inspiration for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘The Lost World’.

The tepuys are the most conspicuous geological features in Canaima, they are tabletop mountains with vertical walls carved by the erosion of millions of years. The tepuys emerging abruptly out of the grasslands and thick jungles make one of the most dramatic views you can imagine.

The relative isolation of the top of the tepuys, combined with their very particular environment, have resulted in fauna and flora that are mostly endemic and not found anywhere else in the world.

The most ancient rock formations in the world's geochronology are found here, and are specially visible at the top of the tepuys. Dating from the Precambrian period, they are assumed to have been formed between 1.5 and 2 billion years ago.

Erosion by wind and water have carved these rocks into the most bizarre forms. No wonder the natives consider the top of the tepuys sacred places, inhabited by Gods and the spirits of their ancestors.

The main shot was taken in 1989 and is a scanned slide, taken with a Pentax SFX, Pentax 70 - 210 zoom and Agfa 100asa slide film. This shows the area in the wet season. In the WORKSHOP is a shot taken in Dec 2003 in the dry seasno - the difference is quite amazing!!

This will be my last posting for about a week as I am off to Sicily

PaulH, ramthakur, Necipp, gypsygirl58, Adanac, mario-roberto, deblink, SelenE, ppmiranda has marked this note useful
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  • carmia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 4 N: 144] (2240)
  • [2007-05-01 10:47]

precious composition! beautiful colors and beautiful landscape! good work. Greetings

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-05-01 10:54]

interesting subject nice composition good lighting. i like the waterfalls.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-05-01 11:00]

Hi James,

impressive view, the sheer quantity of water here is quite astonishing. Nice comparison in the workshop too. I'm curious as what sort of creatures live up the top there after relative isolation..

tfs and enjoy Sicily!


I lapped every word Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote in my college days, James, though the recall of every story is not all that sharp anymore. Does Professor Moriarti feature in The Lost World?
The settings are awe-inspiring, to say the least. The sense of archetypal fear comes out strongly by looking at such natural phenomenon, so I am with the natives in their response to these tepuys.
The workshop picture exudes a gentler aura in comparison.

Hello James impressive write up makes me want to go there was a childhood fantasy wonderfull looking landscape. I remember the book read it many times as a kid loved the film too, lots of contrast on the shot light looks difficult, nice layered composition with silouettes. tfs rgds Necip.

Hi James.
Amazing photo. Excellent composition. This is such an amazing view. Very impressive picture. Well done. tfs. Stev

I think I saw a film on this area. It was amazing...the special flora and fauna on top. The compoarison of the two seasons is very interesting. I think the workshop photo is the better quality one, though both are neat to see. Thanks for sharing.

Evelynn : )

Hi James,
Stunning image!! The amount of water is incredible, I like the silhouetted trees and rock formations. Great lighting, well done and TFS
Cheers Tina :-)

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-05-01 20:38]

Hello James,
Have a safe trip my friend, These two photos are both fantastic, showing the dramatic seasonal change, Great posting James.

good photo and note.
ciao, mario

Hi James,
The difference in the dry season is amazing. This is a fabulous image and considering that it is scanned from a slide the quality is great. Nice.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-05-03 5:41]

Hi James, fabulous shot, I can hear the waves crashing! The mood and light is wonderful. Great compositon and great note too.
points 2mrow:)

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-05-09 9:44]

Hi James,
What an amazing place and landscape! Composition is beautiful.
Have a nice time in Sicily :o)

Hello James,
What a great picture! I'm amazed by the wilderness of this place. Exposure, details, DOF and composition are amazing. We can clearly see the savage and powerful flow of the water. I would not do some kayak there :) This is well done with interesting notes and I wish you a good trip! Thanks,

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  • wjdv (27)
  • [2007-09-24 19:54]

Pana tremenda foto te felicito, Buena toma de un tepuy, Buenisima foto

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