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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-02
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 100
Exposure: f/74099368.0
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mountains, Landscapes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-30 5:08
Viewed: 6783
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
After pictures from N and S parts of Europe now it is time for something from the East:)
Today Ukraine and Crimean Peninsula! :>

Two months of planning and finally we are in the train from Warsaw to Simferopol!!! The trip will take “only” about 37 hours, with two-hour break on the Polish-Ukrainian border and other 4 in Kiev...

In Simferolol we get out of the train and start thinking about the place where to spent a night. After a short discussion we decide to go to Bahkchisaraj – very beautiful old town placed only about 30-40 km from place where we actually are. About 1 hour trip by another train. Everything looks perfect but at this moment we have the first confrontation with Crimean exoticism: if we have to come back Poland in 3 weeks it is necessary to buy tickets today!

Strange? So please read below ;>

Moreover, it is not possible to do it in the office on the railway station – we have to go to the centre (about 2 km) :> There are only 4 persons but it still takes about 2 hours before we buy the tickets. Of course we start to be a little angry with this situation but fortunatelly friendly Ukrainians explain us that this is typical in this part of Europe... Really it is good to know it for the future, and fortunatelly... we have time!!! ;)
Finally we take a train and after about 1 hour we are in Bahkchisaraj. It is 8 p.m. and still about 30C... Really hot...

On the platform we meet a nice woman who has free rooms with shower for only 3$ per person per day. The price is good and there is no time to look for something more so we decide to go with her.
Before we reach the house she explains us some important “rules”, among them the most impostant is: water only before 9 p.m.!!! :) It is not good idea (especially for our ladies ;>)
But the reason is very simple, here on Crimean Peninsula there is a lack of water reservoirs and great number of rivers are temporary. So this is not strange that here water is more important than gold ;)

It is late evening. We are tired but very happy. Finally we are where we wanted to be, and finally we can rest before we will start to explore Crimea...

During the next 20 days and about 500 km we will see the Khan's palace in Bahkchisaraj and amazing cave cities from VI century placed in dry moutain area in the centre of Crimea. We visit fortified castles in Theodosia and Sudak and explore the Great Canyon. Finally we will travel throught the famous Crimean steppes to see sandy beaches of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov on the Kerch Peninsula...

And here is the first photo from this trip :> It was taken about 2.5 km SE from Bahkchisaraj, in the cave city of Cufut Qale (known also as Chufut Kale), and presents a panorama for the Canyon of Cufut Qale.
The name “Chufut Qale” is in Crimean Tatar “Jewish Fortress" (cufut - Jew, qale - fortress).

cedryk, red45, cataclysta, horia, Alex99, anel, uleko, livios, Juyona, dew77, fartash, CatStevens has marked this note useful
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To Alex99: Crimea = Krym ;)cicindela 1 01-30 17:02
To uleko: Crimeacicindela 1 01-30 16:47
To cafecrem: krymskie opowiesci :)cicindela 1 01-30 16:40
To horia: Crimeacicindela 1 01-30 16:32
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Piekny, monumentalny widok. Robi niesamowite wrazenie. Dobrze poradziles sobie ze swiatlem mimo ciezkich warunkow (tak, palace slonce okolo poludnia to sa ciezkie warunki dla matrycy). A z notka to niezle "pojechales".... :-)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2007-01-30 5:22]
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Niezly widok trzeba przyznac! Imponujacy masyw, piekna panorama az po horyzont. Swietne miejsce. Niestety nie dotarlismy tam, chociaz bylismy w Bakczysaraju i Chanski Dworiec mamy zaliczony ;-) Dwie godziny? Szczesciarze! My po bilety do Lwowa stalismy w Aluszcie pol dnia :-)

Czesc Radziu
Mam naszykowane prawie identyczne zdjecie. Byles szybszy musze przemyslec sprawe :-) Fajna notka :-) ladne zdjecie. Tak trzymac.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-30 7:28]
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Hi Radomir

Another wonderful postcard from you!
This is a splendid view of this amazing place...looks very much the outback of Arizona :))
The POV here is exceptional and the composition is outstanding - with that huge plateau on the left and the lovley fields and forests on the right.
The colors are also wonderful and the exposure spot-on.
I read your note and i must say that sounded like a hell-of-a-trip! ;) What a interesting tale...a nice read :)
I hope i'll get something like that this year :)

Cheers, my friend and TFS

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-01-30 7:46]

HI Radomir,
Amazing landscape which you show us today. Strange mountain with strong erosion and at the top a kind of plateau. And what I like is the view on a the large plain in the back. Thank's also for the travel-report.
Best regards

Ale miło mi sie zrobiło.... Wróciły wspomnieina i jednoczesnie zachwyt nad tym miejscem.
Cudowne zdjecie!

Hello Radziu,

Excllent photo, perfect details very crisp nicly capture photo perfect colors Bg POV DOF excllent Job

TFS Kyle

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-30 9:16]
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Hello Radomir,
What a fabulous landscape and it was really fascinating to read your story. Particularly interesting to see and read something about this part of the world! Beautiful view of this plateau mountain and a very nicely composed landscape shot.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-30 15:28]
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Hi Radomir.
You have told a nice story. I have read it with great interest and smile.

Title of your picture reflects its subject and quality perfectly. Great view and POV, excellent details and colours. Skillfully done cropping and composition. Superb work. BRAVO and my best wishes.

Hola Radomir,
Paisaje curioso y muy bonito, interesante historia. Un cordial saludo

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-01-30 16:46]

Radomir, a lovely postcard indeed.

Excellent dof, colors, exposure and composition.

A beautiful landscape.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-01-30 18:08]

Hola Radomir, magnífico paisaje y preciosos detalles, buenos colores y compo genial... saludos

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-01-31 5:39]

Hello Radomir,
Wonderful capture.Exposure is spot on.I liked POV,colors,clear details and composition a lot.

Hello Radomir
What agreat landspace,
Perfect composition and lighting,
Great DOF,Excellent work,

Tnx for your comments Radomir


You've made a cool view of this famous place! I would just sligtly correct the name of this site, it should be spelled as "Chufut Qale", it sounds in Russian as "Чуфут Кале"! Many thanks for this shot; my last one was done - you cannot believe! - about 35 years ago using a BW film.


Witaj, Radomirze!
Byłem, widziałem, u Tatarów mieszkałem, ale jeszcze wtedy mnie miałem aparatu, żeby ten przepiękny widok utrwalić i zaprezentować innym. Dzięki za przypomnienie tego fantastycznego widoku!

Czesc Radku,
Swietna fotka bardzo dobrze oddaje przestrzen i doskonaly tekst.

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