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Los Mallos de Riglos - Ancient Delta

Los Mallos de Riglos - Ancient Delta
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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: 2008-11-21
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon 24-70 mm f 2,8 L-USM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-29 7:47
Viewed: 9092
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Mallos de Riglos are a set of rock formations in Huesca, Spain, about 45 km (28 mi) to the northeast of the city of Huesca. Rising to some 300 metres (980 ft) high (c. 1000 metres or 3,300 ft (1,000 m) above sea level), they form part of the foothills of the Pyrenees.

Because of their relatively vertical sides, the Mallos de Riglos are a popular destination for climbers.

The Mallos are made of conglomerate rocks which outcrop in a line south of the Pyrennes - these are probably one of the most impressive examples. The conglomerate rocks were probably laid down in an ancient delta before the Pyrennes were formed (at around the same as the Alps).

A conglomerate is a rock consisting of individual stones that have become cemented together. Conglomerates are sedimentary rocks consisting of rounded fragments and are thus differentiated from breccias, which consist of angular clasts. Both conglomerates and breccias are characterized by clasts larger than sand (>2 mm).

I kept the village in the shot to give a sense of scale.

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Hi James
Another great geological presentation and another fantastic place. Good exposure and composition I like it very much

Un lugar que conozco aquí bien presentado ,buena composición ,luz y color.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-29 8:06]

Hello James,
Very nice scene and a lovely note, this geological formation looks interesting, nice natural colours and beautiful texture, good lighting,well composed shot,
Best regards Siggi

Hi James,
if I didn't see the place name for this photo,I would of thought it was shot in the American west what with the shapes and colours of those very large rocks.This world we live in is an amazing and beautiful and you show some of that beauty very well in this capture.We may make buildings that can tower above this scene but never will they be as lovely as what nature gives us or as long lasting.The capture has everything about it well done and it is hard to critique,so why would I? Thanks James for sharing a little piece of this great old world with us.You are certainly a very well traveled man and know and seen much,may you always be able to journey forth and see this world of ours. Bob

Jane is here and seeing it...she as well as I love this one...and in my eyes it has a Kodak Colour look to it..not sure if you know what I mean...the old Kodak style..Very well seen. Additionally Jane say the one on the left looks like the central portion of a volcanic vent..

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-29 8:30]

Hello James, very impressive shot of that fantastic landscape! The village shows how big it is! Well done, thanks!


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-11-29 8:50]

Hi James,
Excellent landscape.Warm lighting,clearity,sharpness and composition are wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-11-29 9:01]

Hi James,

A wonderful shot with the houses giving a marvelous perspective of just how huge these rocks are. I cannot imagine climbing those rocks! My favorite colors - the colors of the Southwest US - the red rocks and the blue sky are a winning combination.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-11-29 9:20]

Hello James,
Excellent image showing these vertical conglomerate (same colour as Devon sandstone) cliffs. The houses are useful scale indicators. Great lighting and composition.
TFS and have a good weekend,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-29 9:49]

Hi James. Good to see you back from your trip. This is an interesting landscape with the unusual Rocks. Goodcolours and shardows. warm colours. The one on the left looks like a finger pointing to the sky. well done TFs.

Hello James, welcome back:) Excellent work for this ancient delta view. Beautiful colours with good details. Lighting and composition are wonderful.
TFS and regards,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-11-29 10:36]

Hi James,
Outstanding shot and these huge rock formations look amazing. Very neat and sharp image and the natural lighting is so beautiful. Great view and you portray it perfectly with a well chosen POV. Very nicely composed.

Wonderful landscape shot James. Perfect in all aspects. Excellent composition.
TFS and regards, Deniz

Hi James,
I didn't know we have this kind on views in Europe; we presented with nice composition, good DOF, excellent colours and lighting. Very beautiful landscape.

The little settlement is dwarfed by those formidable looking rock formations, James. You always bring us the best from all over the world.
How happy I would be to visit this place!
The image is very impressive, indeed.
Thanks and regards.

hello james,
beautiful landscape, the small huts gives and idea about the size of the rocks, the colors are natural and the composition is lovely,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-11-30 0:03]

Hello James,
I've always wanted to visit the mighty mountains of the Pyrenees. These steep rocks are fascinating and the colours wonderful. A great composition including the village to show the scale.
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

Hi My Big Brother James,
Wercome back with a superb scene shot from Spain. Great details and composition of these ancient rocks. TFS and cheers,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-11-30 1:16]

Hi James

Another spectacular geological formation presented here by you!
These mountains are amazing and i can only dream to stand on their edge, up there, and be "blown away" :) And since they're in Spain (and no other place much farther away) i might actually...
Anyway, wonderful shot, full of warm, beautiful colors and taken with a great care of the exposure.

Bravo and TFS

Hola James
Los Mallos siempre espectaculares, has consiguido una buena luz en el momento adecuado, saludos.

Hi James,

You have been travelling a lot and you see much of the world.
These picture are a good pov on the mountains and the village with great details on the rocks.
Beautiful colours.


Hi James,

Those are some interesting rocks to have in one's backyard. This reminds me of Sedona with homes built right up to the base of the huge sculpted rocks. The village looks nice in your shot. I always resent the buildings in Sedona... seems like the area should have been saved for a park. Somehow a Safeway market nestled into the rocks along with the pink Jeep rental firms takes something away from the ambiance. Your little village is attractive by comparison.

Evelynn : )

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-12-01 1:05]

Hello James,
That's really an impressive landscape. I have been often to Spain, but I never saw these rock-formations. You have chosen an excellent point of view and the fact that you included houses gives here the dimension of these Mallos. Very interesting!
Best regards

Hi James!

What a fantastic place, it looks wonderful and really huge! It would be fantastic to climb for sure although yet routes I climb are more close to 30 meters than 300 :) (I'm quite a beginner yet...)
Anyway the shot is wonderful and was made in very good lighting conditions that show the details of the rock. It was also a good choice to compose the village in for the reason you mentioned. TFS!

Best regards,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-01 15:20]

Hi James,
an excellent photo!
Incredible level of detail.
Great composition.
Lovely colours.

Very well done,

Hello James,
Great image of the rock formation! it's huge by comparison with the dwellings down under it!
the pov is great with good sunlight, wonderful colour and details
thanks for the notes as well

Hi James,
This is not a kind of rock formation I would expect to see in Spain. I first thought that you took it on one of the Canary Islands. The vertical drop is massive especially with the great reference of the houses at the bottom. It looks like you even captured an eagle in flight.

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