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Sam Phan Bok

Sam Phan Bok
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Copyright: Paul Lees (PaulLees) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 548 W: 0 N: 1647] (9004)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-12-17
Categories: River
Camera: Nikon D 300s, Nikkor 10-24mm Wide Angle
Exposure: f/8, 1/40 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-04-16 7:55
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Favorites: 3 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sam Phan Bok”, is a canyon by the Mekong River. When you first get to Sam Phan Bok, you can’t help but think of “The Grand Canyon” in Arizona, USA. Although they look nothing alike, the similar rock formation of the Grand Canyon and Sam Phan Bok is the reason why the catchphrase of Sam Phan Bok is “The Grand Canyon of Siam, Sam Phan Bok of Ubon”. However, this is not what makes Sam Phan Bok a natural wonder.

The canyon resembles a mountain sprouting out into the Mekong. Spectacular views can be seen here of both the canyon and the river. It is believed that this natural phenomena is caused by the rushing water, acting like a drill, eroding the canyon over thousands of years. Here you will find over 3000 holes, big and small scattered all over the place. Some holes look like familiar shapes, animals, etc. The Esarn and Laotian word for ‘hole’ is ‘bok’, thus the translated name is Three (sam) Thousand (phan) Holes (bok).

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Hallo Paul
nice to see a picture from you

this one is super good sharpness
nice composition with very good light and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-04-16 8:39]

Hello Paul,
This really is a splendid photo! The colours are marvellous, the sharpness amazing and the composition perfect! Breathtakening!

Hello Mr.Paul Lees,
Very sharp and clear photograph.Water looks like mirror.beautiful soft light made it a unique one to me.It is an example to the novice photographer like me.I like it very much.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-04-16 9:22]

Hi Paul,a magic place and a magic moment too,whit this special light,perfect to warm the rocks colors and to create this great contrast whit the blue of water and sky.Magnficent reflections,details and colors in the best exposure,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-04-16 10:22]

Hi Paul,
Even nicer than the previous. Gorgeous light and colours
Very nice reflection the rocks in the water.
Regards Jiri.

Hallo Paul,
It seems to me that you took my threat to hart, took a while though! But you came back with a big "BANG"! What can I say? An absolute excellent image of the "Three thousand holes Canyon"!! The perfect sharpness and detail etched in this photo is amazing. The colours of the age old rock formation is stunning. Combined with the (I ran out of words but you will know what I am trying to say) absolute magnificent reflection of the rock formations and the pure blue sky is just . . . . pure age old nature captured by an very talented professional photographer. Excellent work my friend and thanks for sharing. Greetings to Bungbing.
Best regards,

Hallo Pauly
This is such a delightful view from the angle I see it and I am sure it must be even prettier from where you were to see it in all its glory. The colour of the water is awesome, the reflection of the mountain in the dead-still water so beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Ciao Paul, fashinating composition with fantastic reflections, splendid light, wonderful warm colors and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Pauly

With the scenery and the light, the great contrast
between the warm and cold color tones are the
beauty and the excellence of this photo, TFS


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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2013-04-16 19:35]

Hello Paul,

Magical location, magical light, magical composition. It could be a yet to be discovered and secret oasis on the planet Mars based on the reddish hues and rock rendering alone. One can imagine a tribe of cavemen peering down from the edge and into the watery depths below - in another time, another era. Congrats on this beauty!



風景美麗 河水的藍竟比天空還要藍

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2013-04-16 22:53]

excellent lighting. good panorama of geological formation. tfs.

Beautiful image with nice reflections and good colors


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-04-17 4:32]

Hello Paul,
A most beautiful and peaceful place shown with a superb picture. Most beautiful light and colors.

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2013-04-17 5:06]

Just beautiful! no words to describe it. CONGRATULATION.

Hello Paul,
fine landscape capture with good sharpness and natural colours. I especially like the great reflections creating a nice symmetry.
Best wishes,

Amazing place and great photo Pauly! The composition is excellent and the colours are fantastic!

Hallo Paul,
Bellissima composizione con luce e colori spettacolari.
Well Done my friend.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2013-04-18 0:47]

Hallo Pauly,
Really nice landscape from Sam Phan Bok canyon ..
Fantastic reflections, light, composition and soft colors are wonderful.
Best wishes,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-04-18 20:34]

Hello Pauly,
A simply stunning image!!! It truly does remind me somewhat of the canyons in Arizona with it's gorgeous red rock and unique features. The lighting is really special as it brings out the vivid colors and yet shows the hidden shadowed areas of the canyon walls. Superb work!!!

Bonjour Pauly,
Superbe paysage restitué dans une excellente composition utilisant judicieusement la réflexion le tout dans une belle lumière faisant resplendir de délicates couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hi Pauly,
This is incredible. What a fantastic landscape! The rock formaations, the reflections and the composition are breathtaking, so are the colors and other technical details. Exceptionally harmonic image. An eye-catcher, a stunner, congratulations, hats off.
Best regards, László

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2013-09-19 18:51]

Hi Pauly,
Simply breath taking Pauly, Beautifully done my friend.

Hello Paul,
I mist some of your photos. Just amazing.....What a splendid image. The light and exposure are great. It is a lovely colorful landscape....
Thanks for sharing!

Ciao Paul MF! Fascinating perspective here. Magnificent colours/tones,. Very good details.


Hi Paul, This rocks are beautiful taken with a well chosen POV. Fantastic light management which gives details and warm colours. The reflection in the water is as sharp as the rock itself. I like the hue of the sky and it strengthen the calm atmosphere. Wonderful mood. Thank for sharing

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