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Copyright: Selen Ediger (SelenE) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-30
Categories: Rain Forest, Trees, River
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, Hoya 77mm Super-HMC CPL MCPRO1
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Beautiful Landscapes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-07 5:07
Viewed: 6320
Points: 94
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve

*The Amazon river is 6,470 km (4,020 miles) long and the world's mightiest river. The Amazon Basin has the longest extension of rainforest in the world and is considered a patrimony of humanity by UNESCO due to the biological diversity it contains.

In 1982, the Peruvian Government established the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve with the purpose of preserving the wilderness resources and the beautiful landscapes of the area. The Reserve has an area of 8,042 square miles, which represents 1.5% of the total surface of Peru.

Pacaya Samiria National Reserve is located in Peru, at 180 Km. (115 miles) of Iquitos.

The name of Pacaya Samiria comes from the names of two rivers that run through it: Pacaya and Samiria. The Reserve has a great diversity of wildlife as well as aquatic life: 449 bird species, 102 mammals, 69 reptiles, 58 amphibians, 256 fish and 1,204 plants. Threatened or endangered species that can be found in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve are the jaguar (Felix oca), the black alligator (Melanosuchus niger), the giant river otter (Pteronura brasiliensis), the manati (Trichechus inunquis), four different species of primates and two different species of turtles.

An essential element that is characteristic of this protected area, is the cycle of crescent and reflux of the rivers. Between the months of October and April is the rainy season and the water of the rivers and creeks increases, flooding a large area of the rainforest. This time is known as crescent. Reflux takes place between May and September, when rain decreases greatly and the level of the water falls progressively, reaching its minimum in August. This seasonal change and the predominantly flat terrain have configured a landscape full of small rivers, creeks and lagoons.

In Pacaya Samiria, the great extension of rainforest remains flooded most of the year, with local species like the "aguaje", a palm tree (Mauritia flexuosa) whose fruits are eaten by many animals as well as by settlers of local communities. There are other numerous varieties of flora that make the landscape of the Reserve unique in this part of the Amazon. We can also find a great diversity of medicine plants and trees that can reach a height of 150 feet, like the "lupuna" (Ceiba pentandra). In certain areas, you can still find rubber trees which preserve the marks of the famous rubber exploitation over 80 years ago.

The wildlife of the Reserve is typical of the flooded rainforest, being more abundant the aquatic species rather than land ones.

Source: http://www.pacayasamiria.com.pe/pacaya.htm

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-07-07 5:15]

Hello Selen, this is heaven. Absolute heaven. Wonderful shot with perfect sharpness and superb focus. Well done. Ganesh

Foto molto bella: complimenti!

Ciao e grazie, Emanuele

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-07-07 5:23]

Hi Selen!

This picture looks like dream! It remainds me book of Marquez 'One Hundred Years of Solitude'. Beautifull place perfectly captured by you [and your wide angle lens :-)]. Great work!

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-07-07 5:24]

Hi Selen

This is indeed a slice of heaven!
What an outstanding place! Every wildlife photographer would want to step foot in this place, i'm sure!

Great composition here with the reflection of the contrasting white trees but also leaving plenty of room in the frame for that gorgeous sky with the clouds.
The colors everywhere are sublime and the mood it inspires is amazing.

Bravo and TFS

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-07-07 5:27]

Hello Selene,
What an amazing and beautiful landscape. It's a place where water, earth and sky just coexist peacefully. Seems to be a very natural place, I suppose that you have to travel with canoe there. You caught also a magnificent bright light over this area.

Hello Selen,
what a beautiful landscape shot,wonderful composition and pov,fantastic lighting,
very well done,

Hi Selen,
Amazing landscape! Must have been difficult to leave it behind. Nice composition and very beautiful colours.

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-07-07 5:41]

Merhaba Selen hanım cennet tanımlaması çok hak eden nefis bir kare olmuş ellerinize sağlık.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-07-07 6:08]

Merhaba Selen Hanım,
Başlığı ile uyum içinde olan bir kare.Alçak bakış noktası,kadraj ve perspektif vurgulaması cennet tasvirini güçlendirmiş.Tebrikler,ellerinize sağlık!

hello selen,
beautiful shot with suitable title, the reflection makes it even better, excellent composition and lovely colors,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-07-07 6:13]

Hi Selen,
amazing landscape, i envy you! Superb POV and very well exposed, great work.

tablo gibi çok güzel eline saglık selen

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-07-07 6:27]

Hello Selen,
Wonderful photo with amazing intens colours. The light is very beautiful. DOF and composition are perfect. Splendid reflections in the water. Heaven...maybe if there were no biting insects? (Specially around six/seven o'clock)

Hello Selen,

very nice place in the frame.



Hallo Selen
Absolutely splendid. A place where one would like to run away to, if the daily rat race is getting to you. A terrific landscape with wonderful features.
Sorry for shorter than usual comment. Time and the rat race is chasing me.
Best regards.

Hi Selen
Crystal clear image with beautiful light,color and reflection
Picture perfect
tfs jon

Hi Selen!

In fact, this is the kind of picture that doesn't need any comment: the title and the picture say all what can be said. If I nevertheless should try I would use one adjective: heavenly...

Kind regards


bonjour selen
magnifique vue.
j'aime beaucoup l'effet de profondeur que produise les obtiques grand angle!
vraiment bravo et merci du partage.

Hi Selen.
Beautiful scenery, nicely oneself all reflects, good composition.
I greet Robert.

great landscape! TFS Ori

Hi Selen,

great composition, beautifull view. Amazing water reflections, nice sky, very good colors...well done.


Hello Selen,
This is a impressive shot with a great symetrical effect and wonderful colours. Congratulations,

Meraviglioso paesaggio, splendida composizione con una magnifica luce e una straordinaria prospettiva, eccellente nitidezza, fantastici i colori. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

manzara çekimleriniz de kuş çekimleriniz gibi çok başarılı Selen hanım. elinize sağlık, yansımasıyla, renkleri ve kompozisyonuyla nefis olmuş. selamlar.

Your wide lens certainly lent deep perspective to this image. It is very effective. I love the white trees and their reflections. It is a nicely exposed, sharp image.

Evelynn : )

Hi Selen.
You managed to capture a nice perspective withing the landscape.
Brilliant colours along with a very moody sky.I like where you are standing for this shot.
Enjoy your day

Sorry!My computer is acting up on me again, this time I think it's got some virus!
Great shot!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-07-07 22:20]

Hi Selen

A beautiful composition - excellent colours. The pov is excellent - showing the bare trees reaching for the sky. I also like the 'Mackerel Sky' - cirrus clouds with the lower cumulus adding to the atmosphere.


Merhaba Selen,
sorry for the delay again!
Absolutely heaven to me with this fine landscape captured from Peru!
untouched and unspoiled at all! hope it will be like this in a thousands years!
many thank for sharing also the useful notes
take good care and sincere regards from NZ
Tony yr friend!

Selam Selen Hanım, gerçekten cennet! nefis bir manzara... elinize sağlık.

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-07-08 1:17]

Merhaba Selen Hanım,
O yerlerin güzel olduğu gerçekten doğru. Ancak bu güzelliği ortaya koyan, değerinin kaybolmamasına katkıda bulunan bakış açısı ve tekniğin çok önemli olduğunu düşünüyorum. Ahmet Karataş'ın yorumuna kesinlikle katılıyorum. Ben de kuş kareleriniz gibi manzara çalışmalarınızı da çok başarılı buluyorum. Başarılı çalışmalarınızın devamı dileğimle.
Elinize sağlık.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-07-08 4:56]

Hello Selen,
This is a really wonderful capture of a beautiful sky reflected in this famous river.
The composition, the colours, the DOF and details are all perfect. Only I would never have guessed this was from the Amazon river if you hadn't said so in your note. I really hope this Reserve will escape exploitation in the future.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hola Selen,
Preciosa composición de este bello paisaje que es un regalo para la vista. Excelente el control de luces, que produce una saturación natural del color. TFS. un cordial saludo
José Ramón

Wonderful image Selen!
Exactly what the Sigma 10-20mm was made for..
Mine sits on the shelf 99.9% of the time :(
I'm jealous ;-)

Hola Selen, muy bonita fotografia especialmente la composición, buena luz y tonos de color. El efecto espejo le da mas vistosidad a esta buena fotografia. Un saludo

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-07-08 14:01]

Stunning shot, Selen!!
The composition is superb!
Wonderful reflection.
Very sharp with great detail.
Excellent DOF.

Well done,

Merhaba Selen, great composition with fascinating reflections, splendid sky and fantastic colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Selen, again,
I have nothing to add to the comments of others. The title says it all. My compliments, too. You put the filters to good use, Selen.

Best regards

Very beautiful vista, Selen.
Well composed. Extraordinary landscape.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-07-09 19:14]

Hello Selen, great composition of this beautiful landscape shot, everything is great in it, thanks!


Dear Selen
What a wonderful scene you captured,
Perfect lighting,composition and POV.Welldone my friend,


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-07-13 19:33]

Hi Selen,
Outstanding shot and what a beautiful place you have portrayed here. Great view with the tall trees lining up the river and a magnificent sky filled with wooly clouds. Magical lighting and exposure levels and I like your low POV to capture this amazing scenery. Very neat and sharp with nice colours. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

What a balanced shot Selen,
I like the traingle shape at the horizon.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-08-12 14:56]

What a beautiful scene - the reflections and details are superb. And the colours are so natural.
And what an interesting place it is too.
Well done Selen

Merhaba Selen!
What a great control of light and polarizer filter! Colours are so vivid that I can feel like watching not on the picture but staying there!
I also agree with you according to title, this place looks like paradise of heaven :)
TFS and I hope to see new pictures from you soon! :)
Best greetings from Poland,

Wooow - Selen - that's a magical place!
I love the reflection in the water and the beautiful colours, fantastic shot, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

hello Selen
splendid scene-landscape and exceptional photo output!!!
keep photographing! TFS

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