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to see and die

to see and die
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Copyright: Michal Grabowski (cedryk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-28
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 8700, 35-280 - f2.8-4.2, @ ISO 50, Hoya Circ Polarizer
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/1218 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Lakes of the World, 40-49 points, 60-69 points (Chapter 3) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-19 7:19
Viewed: 8969
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Probably you all know the expression "see Napoli and die"... Well, I haven't been to Napoli but I visited Montenegro and there are many places so beautiful that may easily replace Napoli in this sentence.

Certainly, one of them is the Skadar Lake. As I already mentioned in a note to some of my previous shots from the area - Skadar Lake is one of the biggest lakes in Europe. It is 48 kilometers long and 26 wide during the high water. Interestingly its bottom lies few meters below the sea level - this is due to the very special geology of this karstic region. 2/3 of the lake belongs to Montenegro and 1/3 to Albania.

There's also another very interesting phenomenon about the lake - sublacustrine springs. Of course we all know small springs - flowing out from below the rock or forming small pond in peat areas. But here, all this huge pond is one spring. Skadar Lake was formed on a karst terrain, rich in underground water. In some places, due to erosion, large natural wells were born. Many of them are below the surface of the Skadar Lake.
In dry season when water level drops down, some of them are better visible. Such is Karuc - located in north-eastern part of the lake. In summer the area becomes a marshland with rather thin layer of water - a true heaven for all aquatic life.

I took this photo early afternoon just before huge stromy clouds came and covered the entire sky. That is responsible for the strange light.

I was simply enchanted by the beauty of this place - I hope you will be too.

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Czesc Misiu
Fantastyczne zdjecie. Dobrze jest znow zobaczyc Szkoderskie. Piekny krajobraz.

bonjour MICHAL
je découvre tes photos et celle-ci qui vient d' arriver est magnidfique, joli paysage tres clair et net
superbe vue d' ensemble
bravo amitiès et merci du partage

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-11-19 7:31]

Hello Michal , Fantastic landscape shot , Good compositie colours dept ,good job , tfs Greetins Teunie .

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2006-11-19 7:34]

Hi Michal,
This landscape appears in an absolutely wonderful ligth. You cauhgt the right moment. The lake looks more like an river in this part. I wonder what are the posts in the water, which we can see in the front?
Best regards

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2006-11-19 7:58]

Soooooo beautiful!
Very good job. Thank you very much for posting.
Best wishes

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  • whjb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 51 W: 26 N: 172] (683)
  • [2006-11-19 8:36]

Hi Michal,

Simply beautiful and the photo was well handled.


"From Skadar Lake to the haven".
Preciosa panorámica, bellos colores y preciosos reflejos. Muchos saludos, JL.


very nicely done,
how beautiful this place is,


Hello Michel
There are places that tell you about what paradise should look like and this is one of them. That is why you have to see at least one of them before you die.
This one is another one in my list of places a wish to see before I die.
Great shot and great landscape. It is one of those, right place at the right time.
Superb colors and details, great composition excellent POV, DOF and BG. Well framed too.
I love the note.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-11-19 17:31]

Superbe prise de vue,l'endroit est très joli et agréable à regarder.


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  • mahnaz (1)
  • [2006-11-20 1:52]

very good picture

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-11-20 4:43]

Hello Michal

What a superb view ofver this amazing place!
The light here is simply impecable and the colors very well enhanced by the polarizer.
Also the POV is excellent, the details very sharp everywhere in the frame and the composition very beautiful.
Indeed a place worth seeing with your own eyes :)

Bravo and TFS

Hi Michal,
I am enchanted too. Simply a beautiful landscape. Great light, nice colors, and some nice white fluffy clouds for texture in the sky. Great sense of depth to this shot.

Well done Michal.
Very nice landscape scene with great interest.
Excellent detail, color, depth, and exposure..
Beautiful place..beautiful shot :)
Have a Great Week mf!

Hello Michal,
Thanks for you kind comments on my bug picture.
This place in Montenegro is truly a wonder of nature. Thanks for the exhaustive note about it.
Very impressive point of view that offers a grand outlook on the lake stretching as far as the eye can see.
The landscape is soothing to look at.
Thanks and take care.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-11-21 2:31]

Czesc Michal!

Dobrze, ze chociaz na twoim zdjeciu moge obejrzec piekno tego jeziora :-) Swietna kompozycja, calosc wyglada calkiem nieziemsko i bajkowo. Kolory wody i gruby kozuch roslin - super.

Kielze maja sie wciaz bardzo dobrze. Niestety przezywam inwazje pijawek w jednym akwarium - rozmnazaja sie jak glupie i to w dodatku jakis gatunek jedzacy bezkregowce. Pewnie mi wyczyszcza ekosystem :-(

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2006-11-21 3:44]

so beautiful landscape! breathtaking. excellent shot. tfs

This fantastic landscape shines like a light amongst your other thumbnails. That's not to say your other photos are bad but I'm always drawn towards a great landscape photo, and this certainly is one.
Lots to look at, helped by the high POV but also because of the ground features surrounding the water. Sharp all the way through and a very impressive set of clouds in the background.
Very, very nice, I think I'll add it to my fav's.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-11-21 12:47]

Envidiable ubicación mi amigo donde estuviste para captar esta maravillosa imagen.
Bellos colores, perfecto punto de vista y encuadre con zonas bien demarcadas.
Una hermosa composición incluso con el bonus de la reflexión en la laguna central.
Sin dudas que la sentencia sobre Napoles podría haberse hecho sobre este sitio también.

Enviable location my friend where you were to capture this wonderful image.
Beautiful colors, perfect point of view and framing with well demarcated areas.
A nice composition even with the bonus of the reflection in the central lagoon.
Without doubts that the sentence Napoli has more than enough fact it could be had on this place too.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-11-21 21:55]

Hello Michael,
this place looks fabulous, but dying for it no way, there are still to many places to see;-).
Very nice shot, love the POV and the great depth in this composition.
Excellent work.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-11-23 16:42]

Hi Michal
Beautiful landscape shot. Good DOF, POV, colours, light, sharpnes and details.
Well done


Hi, Michal!
Amazing landscape and light. Beautiful sunny day and atmosphere.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-11-24 12:05]

Hello Michal,
Fabulous scenery you've captured so well here, the colours may be a bit strange but nevertheless it is so beautiful!
TFS, Ulla

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  • TBW Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 28 N: 200] (846)
  • [2006-12-08 10:10]

Yes, I absolutely enjoy this view! It is fantastic. The light and colours are great and the detail with the reflection in the little bay is wonderful! You note is very interesting regarding this area and the lake. It seems like a great place to visit and experience!
Great job!


Hi Michal,
Beautiful view very well captured with great composition.
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Michal,
A beautiful landscape that benefits a lot from the wonderful light!
It is a fine composition, with this great feeling of depth...
Very attractive colours and lots of details to explore!
Pablo -

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  • jojo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 8] (176)
  • [2006-12-17 13:15]

Splendide paysage aux belles couleurs. Belle netteté
beau travail


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  • eleana Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 206 W: 80 N: 75] (2247)
  • [2007-01-01 18:32]

Hi Michal,
thank you and best wishes in new year! I likes this wonderful landscape, clouds and misterious light. Please do not die, we waiting a lot of your new beautiful photos :)))
Good luck,

Hello Michal,
a place like paradise, taken in magnificent strong backlight with rich but very subtle coloration, and wonderful depth and atmosphere. Most beautiful!
Thank you! Best regards,

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  • biero Silver Star Critiquer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 2] (12)
  • [2007-01-16 0:16]

Hello again Michal...... WOW, another beautiful landscape, this lake is very unik.
Thank's again for this beautiful picture and sharing.
Bye Michal

Hi Michal,
wonderful landscape full of poetry! Fantastic composition, colours and sky.

a real wonderland, TFS Ori

Excellent picture.It seems everything is parfect here..

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