The Gates of Timbuctu
- joey (24909)
- [2007-06-16 5:29]
an amazing view!
Sharp and well composed.
- ridvan (5205)
- [2007-06-16 5:46]
selam james; excellent shot of this landscape,good details presented ,nice BG and POV well captured with naturel colours TFS
- fartash (5161)
- [2007-06-16 9:46]
What wonderful scene you captured here,
Perfect composition and lighting,
Fantastic colors and POV,Superb shot,friend.
- pvs (14464)
- [2007-06-16 10:19]
An excellent landscape,I like the colorcombinations of the deep red FG and the softer colored mountains on the BG,well captured and tfs
ps Timbuktu always sounds so idyllic.
- garyfudge (1098)
- [2007-06-16 10:34]
Aww James I was so enjoying your Farne shots!
This is very exotic.
The deep reds of the sands is super.
- ramthakur (56953)
- [2007-06-16 12:27]
What a goldmine of information you have appended to your picture by way of a note, James! It is a very well written account of "Timbuktu" -- a place-name used in a derogatory sense, ironically. If one knew of its importance as the most significant centre of Islamic scholarship, one would look at it with greater respect, like I am doing just now!
This morning, I was almost idly flipping through the pages of the rather bulky Illustrated Oxford dictionary that lies on my office table for ready reference when I'm struck with doubts about a word or expression. It has absolutely fantastic illustrations, covering almost everything of importance in nature. In fact, I get quite a bit of information on the flora and fauna of the world from it.
So this morning my eyes fell on an illustration of buttes, plateaus and mesas in a desert and I studied it quite carefully, conscious for the first time that I have actually seen and even photographed these features in Saudi Arabia without knowing anything about them. The thought came to me that before I leave this country, I would edit a picture from my collection of desert shots and post it on TN.
So obviously, this fantastic picture of a group of buttes you shot on your way to Tibuktu has left me speechless with wonder at their massive sizes. They rise like gigantic columns, holding the sky up. Despite the harsh light obliterating the sky, the picture succeeds in casting a spell on the beholder.
Thanks for bringing yet another wonder to us from the world you have explored through your numerous journeys.
- Mana (18598)
- [2007-06-16 13:18]
Awesome shot of these mammoth buttes rising up. The view is just breath-taking and for you to have been there is such a glorious happening. The harsh sunlight is understandable but it doesn't take away the ambience and the beauty of mere its presence. You have presented another masterpiece from all your expeditions. Very nicely composed. Kudos.
- Alex99 (23735)
- [2007-06-16 14:54]
What an impressive view and picture of it. Great perspective and amazing vertical cropping. I like two differently colored and sharpened part of the image. It is very nice art element. POV and DOF are really perfect as well as the sharpness and details of the whole image. Bravo and best wishes.
- arfer (0)
- [2007-06-16 22:32]
Wow that is very ominous and imposing looking.It would be incredible to see that jutting up from the landscape after miles of Sahara.Well composed with an excellent POV,the viewer can get a sense of the magnitude. Wonderful!
- gypsygirl58 (426)
- [2007-06-16 22:32]
Wonderful landscape image! Those rocks really look impressive, I love the soft colurs contrasting well with the rich reddish tones of the foreground. Well done and TFS. Great notes too!
Cheers Tina :-)
- pablominto (14563)
- [2007-06-17 6:24]
Timbuctu... That place of mystery!
You capture here this amazing rock formation, I don't quite have the scaling here but apparently very large...
Image is well composed with the dirt road as a good lead-in, and the trees add depth!
Pity for the sky but you surely know so I don't mention that...
- Kathleen (232)
- [2007-06-17 7:20]
Wow, amazing James. What a sight to come upon.
Love the composition of lead in of the road giving perspective to how huge the Buttes are. Great notes to go with your image. Colour and detail are great.
- SunToucher (11162)
- [2007-06-17 10:03]
It looks like it is too difficult for you to stay in one place too long.
These massive pilars are really impressive in form and shape. I am sure that they can be seen from miles away on a clear day. It is a pitty about the white bright light, but I can understand that when traveling one needs to accept the light as it is.
This is an impressive sight to be sure. I do like your title. The composition is strong with nicely placed elements and nice lead in line of the road. It is unfortunate that the light was uncooperative. I attempted a workshop to see if more detail could be recovered without compromising the image.
Evelynn : )
- delic (898)
- [2007-06-18 18:18]
I've seen many photos from Mali but yours presents a rather interesting geology. Very appealing to someone like me. The contrast between the road and the hazy buttes is striking. Regards,
- Bufo (4247)
- [2007-06-19 4:35]
it is a surprising picture. The proportions of the mountains are completely beyond what you aspect. That makes this an interesting image. The red colours give the object a fine turn. The misty atmosphere around the buttes give an idea about their height.
- angybone (7684)
- [2007-06-20 8:15]
So that is Timbuktu - - - beautiful! Great desert colors and you really did well portraying the height of the buttes. Majestic!
- pilonm (3321)
- [2007-06-28 12:26]
You did a wonderful composition here! I like the effect of having the foreground contrasting with the bg... Very well done and excellent note too!!!
I like it!