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monster rocks
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Copyright: Franco Degani (degani) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 322] (2607)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-01
Categories: Seascape, Mountain
Camera: Sony DSC F-828
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-02-28 5:08
Viewed: 5246
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Ha Long Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in Quảng Ninh province, Vietnam. The bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various sizes and shapes.
Local legend says that long ago when the Vietnamese were fighting Chinese invaders, the gods sent a family of dragons to help defend the land. This family of dragons began spitting out jewels and jade. These jewels turned into the islands and islets dotting the bay, linking together to form a great wall against the invaders. The people kept their land safe and formed what later became the country of Vietnam. After that, dragons were interested in peaceful sightseeing of the Earth and decided to live here then. The place where Mother Dragon flew down was named Hạ Long (originally spelled 下龍), the place where the dragon children attended upon their mother was called Bái Tử Long island (Bái: attend upon, Tử: children, Long: dragon), and the place where the dragon children wriggled their tails violently was called Bạch Long Vỹ island (Bạch: white- colour of the foam made when Children Dragon wriggle, Long: dragon, Vỹ: tail).
Halong bay is in Northeastern, Vietnam at from E106°56' to E107°37' and from N20°43' to N21°09'. The bay stretches from Yên Hưng district, pass Hạ Long city, Cẩm Phả town to Vân Đồn district, bodered on the south and southeast by Gulf of Tonkin, on the north by China and on the west and southwest by Cát Bà island. The bay has a 120 kilometre long coastline and is approximately 1,553 square kilometres in size with 1969 isles. The area admitted by UNESCO as world's natural heritage is 434 km² with 775 isles of which the core zone is limited by 3 points: Đầu Gỗ island on the west, Ba Hầm lake on the south and Cống Tây island on the east, the protected area is from Cái Dăm petrol store to Quang Hanh commune, Cẩm Phả town and the hinterland zone around.

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Luogo misterioso, inquietante e superbo. L'isola sembra appena essere emersa sospinta dall'immane forza proveniente dalle profondità terrestri.
Uno scatto pregevole.


Ciao Franco, splendida vista di un luogo affascinante, non a caso fa parte del patrimonio mondiale dell'Umanità, ottima inquadratura e bei riflessi, bravo, ciao Silvio

Hi Franco,
Excellent and fantastic capture as usual! Fine composition my friend! Perpendicular rocks are stunning always. Nice...
TFS and best wishes,

I have seen photos of these islands before and always find them fascinating. I enjoyed your note. It is a nice image of them with the colors of an overcast day. I did a short workshop just to bring out a bit more detail in the very dark areas. I also rotated the image a little to the right.

Evelynn : )

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-02-28 8:39]

Ciao Franco,mi colpisce molto il colore dell'acqua,quel bel verdastro che si vede nelle giornate nuvolose,ottimo anche il soggetto,buona serata,ciao Luciano

mamma mia che impressione e pensare che per colpa di chi sai me la sono persa...
BAH! immagine davero inquietante

Hello Franco,

Strange atmosphere on this picture. Very good sharp shot and well composed. Nice colours. I like the colour of the water.

Hi Franco
Beautiful landscape capture. Good light. Great sharpness. Very nice detail.

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