After returning from a brief trip to the French Polynesian Island of Moorea last January, I submitted the photo "Return from Paradise". There the view was a beach scene in front of our bungalow shortly after sunrise.
During our brief stay on the island, we rented a car and circumnavigated the 60 km (38 mile) periphery. In two spots on the periphery there exist a pair of meandering roads that climb into the interior and converge at a lookout point, "Belvédere." The prominent peak that soars to an altitude of 880 m (2640 ft) is Mouaroa, one of four prominent peaks on the island. The lush green vegetation permeating every nook and cranny of the island is evocative of an imagined Jurassic Park. The time on my camera read 14.50.13 (or 2:50:13 pm) at the time I took the photo.
Along with the earlier photo from Moorea, I am placing this shot in the new group theme, "PARADISE ON EARTH". I welcome others to contribute photos they regard as nature showing off its very best.
Warm regards to my friends at Trekearth, especially the French who own this distant corner of the earth, the last home to Jacques Brel and Paul Gaugin. They are buried in the same cemetery on the Island of Hiva Oa in the Marquesas.
The photo was shot in RAW, and displayed a file size of 10.7 MB.
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Suppiluliuma (3913) 2012-05-06 23:02
Dear Bülent Bey,
When I saw your picture, the first thought that it evoked was Jurassic Park, and apparently I was not alone.
The stiff vegetation is noteworthy and incites us to prepare plans for the summer holidays.
I liked your POV which gives a nice depth, and my only suggestion would be apply gradual toning to the sky.
krzychu30 (15512) 2012-05-07 0:08
the title describes well beauty of this landscape.The lush greenery looks really dreamlike.I like the way you composed it with this impressive mountain in the BG.
Have a good day
Bluejeans (64251) 2012-05-07 5:25
Ola Bulent ,
Que lindo este paraiso tropical pintado de verde, selva pura , linda a montanha no alto , boa luz , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Sonata11 (33863) 2012-05-07 12:56
indeed, this is paradise. Striking beautiful view, fabulous greenery aroud the whole gorgeous place. Very spectacular pictursque image. Wonderfully, flawlessly execution. Awesome photo job. I feel the tranquil atmosphere. I love it so much. Fabulous place. Thanks for sharing.
All the best,
ebingul (1984) 2012-05-07 13:19
Merhaba Bülent bey,
Çok iyi kadrajlanmış,güzel bir kompozisyon.Ön plandaki bitkiler ve arka plandaki yüksek dağ,güzel bir perspektif oluşturmuş.Renkler,ışık ve netlik mükemmel.Yeşilin her tonu var desek yalan olmaz herhalde.Tebrikler ve esenlikler.
agulberk (3794) 2012-05-07 13:47
Merhaba Bülent Hocam
Her yerden hayatın fışkırdığı bu harika yerden etkilenmeyecek aklı başında hiç bir insan olmaz diye düşünüyorum.
Bakış açınızla mekanın güzelliği ve fotojenikliği bir araya gelince bu güzelliği sayenizde biz de gördük.
Elinize ve emeğinize sağlık.
Selam,Saygı ve Sevgilerimle...
Not:Gül ve çiçeklerin yüzlerini güzelleştiren zat, nasıl o güzel yüzlere arılardan, bülbüllerden istihsan aşıkları icad etmesin? ve güzellerin güzel yüzlerinde güzelliği yaratan, elbette o güzelliğe müştakları da yaratır.
Evet, bir incir çekirdeğinden koca bir incir ağacını ve ince bir sapla koca bir kavunu bağlayıp çıkaran kudrete hiçbir şey ağır gelmez. (Mesnevi-i Nuriye'den)
aliabazari (16170) 2012-05-07 22:10
Exhibited a very beautiful moment. Lovely view.
Thanks and regards.
emka (98854) 2012-05-08 15:32
with this lush vegetation and something mysterious feeling I think rather about the uninhabited island rather than a paradise. Fantastic place and excellent presentation, with a natural framing from all sites.
But you have posted already very similar photo. I would expect that on these fabulous islands there are a lot of different views worth showing.
bukitgolfb301 (42354) 2012-05-08 18:32
Hello my dear Bulent, how are you?
That seems a deep tropical rain forest!
So well considered vertical framework and composition. Great deep green color!
Thanks for your sharing with your good job and have a good day, best regards,
Takero from Tokyo
jhm (153776) 2012-05-09 3:01
One of the most beautiful nature picture the last time.
I love the green colors and trees that you use as frame.
You chose an excellent angle, this care for depth and perspective.
Composition and colors makes these picture attractive.
Very well done, TFS.
mirosu (16265) 2012-05-09 22:26
Great photo! I like the saturated green colors and especially the contrast between the green trees and the blue sky in the BG.Very good light and viewpoint. Great work in making the photo pop with the usage of fresh colors. Well done Bulent.!!
Graal (102928) 2012-05-10 4:40
great nature here. Good shot. I like the composition and colours with green dominant. Fine frame also. An interesting note.
Have a nice day.
patdeph (35748) 2012-05-10 12:45
yes, the luxurious vegetation, the mountain, the light can give the sensation of a paradise,what could we say, this is so beautiful.I will also add a picture in your theme.
worldcitizen (8708) 2012-05-10 16:12
I like the different levels of greenery in this photo. There are also many different types of plants, so there are a lot of shapes to enjoy. This spot must smell wonderful after a strong rain. Very nice depth, leading up to the peak in the distance.
berek (50504) 2012-05-12 4:37
bu muhteşem bir doğa. yeşili doya doya seyrettim fotografınızdan. doğal çerçeveleme çok başarılı. ellerinize sağlık. Selam ve saygılar.
delpeoples (58348) 2012-05-12 16:02
Merhaba dear Bulent
Paradise it certainly is. A wonderful vertical frame, naturally framed by the greenery. This reminds me of that show Fantasy Island, remamber that show? Beautiful photo of such an untouched, unspoiled and beautiful place.
Uhu (8597) 2012-05-13 2:13
I have read a bit about French Polynesian, as far as I remember, but never seen it; I doubt that I'll ever see it as well - little too far from me, completely another corner of the world. Seems like a great place to vizit, great photo as usual, and informative note as well!
anokutan (15097) 2012-05-13 11:36
Bülent bey merhaba,
Bu resmen yeşilin güzellemesi sanki.Enfes kadraj.Tebrikler.
wolf38 (31296) 2012-05-14 4:36
Hello Bulent. Lots of greenery and a massive mountain in the background. A tropical landscape - like a paradise. Masterful composition and framing. Well done. Instructive text. Rgds, Wolfgang.
jemaflor (98091) 2012-05-16 4:08
Great landscape, with all this green vegetation, beautiful mountains, lucky to travel there, tfs.
ayferaldanmaz (1085) 2012-05-16 7:31
merhaba bülent bey,
ne muhteşem bir güzellik bu.. gerçekten de cennetten dönüş gibi olur buralardan ayrılmak :) renkler, perspektif, bitkilerle yarattığınız doğal çerçeve; tek kelimeyle muhteşem bir kare.. paradise on earth deki tüm kareler de öyle; teşekkürler paylaşımınız için..
iyi çalışmalar, selamlar
marcan44 (6307) 2012-05-16 14:50
colpisce per la flora lussureggiante della Polinesia francese.
Afsanehbagheri (3228) 2012-05-19 7:50
It is a beautiful place. Showed a good angle.
Congratulations and best wishes.
Didi (60588) 2012-05-20 18:05
Salam my friend
Very nice greens in this paradise
Interesting back lights on the foreground
photoray (13981) 2012-05-24 14:20
Saturated tropical landscaping, multiple species, and
the plant encrusted distant monolith, all in fine resolution and natural lighting, another fine job.
An certainly a tough place to get to, but obviously worth it.
PS: The old tv program, Fantasy Island had many of its scenes, including the white victorian house filmed at Los Angeles's Arboreteum which is a fine botantical garden open to the public.
Fis2 (98653) 2012-05-26 12:52
Good frame and composition.
Excellent green color and sharpness.
Very impressive picture.
alpi1500 (1520) 2012-05-27 8:06
Çok güzel bir yer ve ön plandaki ağaçları sevdim.Elinize sağlık.
lousat (92076) 2012-05-27 8:39
Hi Bulent,no comment,this is a dream,great choice of the place for your holidays and spectacular capture whit the best details,colors and light balance,i wsh to be there me too one day! Have a nice evening and thanks,LUCIANO
williewhistler (16398) 2012-05-27 12:55
the lush and verdant scene is beautifully composed as we are allowed to view the distant tree clad mountain through a window of lush foliage,a very fine piece of landscape photography.
Best regards Les.
TRB (14116) 2012-05-29 11:46
Yemyeşil doğası ile enfes bir dik kadraj.
Netliği, ışığı ve görüntüsü ile harika bir paylaşım.
tebrikler, selam ve saygılar
nikkitta (17066) 2012-05-30 19:18
Hola or Merhaba Bülent
More than a paradise or Jurassic Park, this image reminds me of Lost,(turned in Hawaii), same lush vegetation and kind of landscape
This is a very good capture with excellent POV and framed in a creative way
Note: Saw you in YT giving an interesting conference at Chandigarh
ChrisJ (114735) 2012-05-31 5:42
Merhaba Bülent Hocam
Smart use of the overhanging tropical greenery to mask the white sky. The fg vegetation adds depth & layering as well as framing the bg peak. Good sharpness & a nice capture of this lush & tropical paradise. And best of all there are no snakes, unlike Australia's tropical forests. I like the paw paw trees at left. I think Americans call them 'papaya'. Tfs!
madhumita_roy86 (2344) 2012-06-06 7:09
superb beautiful view...
fresh green colours... very eye-catching...
soothing atmosphere... very crisp shot...
awesome framing...fantastic place...
Cricri (120143) 2012-06-10 7:33
Quel paysage magnifique et que vous avez merveilleusement cadrer par tout ce feuillages, tel la jungle, c'est tout simplement agréable a regarder tel un tableau
Silvio1953 (144462) 2012-06-11 7:24
Ciao Bulent, great POV on fantastic mountain, lovely composition with beautiful natural colors, splendid light and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Angshu (56758) 2012-06-24 21:36
Hello Professor 'A'
Another fine picture from this lush green paradise. The Mouaroa with its strange shape perhaps denote its volcanic origin & differential erosion. Framing has been well achieved with the trees & foliage in the FG. There are indeed so many shades of green in this frame.
mauro61 (52857) 2012-06-25 13:43
davvero un paradiso con il verde intenso della natura e il grande massiccio sullo sfondo.
Ben composta l'immagine con una perfetta inquadratura,
cornejo (42971) 2012-08-29 11:02
Hello Bulent, very good photo of this encatadora view of paradise, very pov, excellent frame, good sharpness and depth, good light and beautiful color. Very good and nice job well done, congratulations. Tfs.
Good afternoon and happy week.
Best regards and best wishes.
EstelleJ (921) 2013-03-13 11:01
It does look like Paradise! Lush green tropical vegetation is so soothing and comforting to look at. Nicely framed image with a green mountain towering in the distance over the landscape.
Great group theme "PARADISE ON EARTH"! Is it still open for contributing?
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (38951)
- Genre: Lieux
- Medium: Couleur
- Date Taken: 2012-01-17
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D200, 18-70mm DX Zoom Nikkor
- Exposition: f/7.1, 1/200 secondes
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Versions: version originale
- Thème(s): PARADISE ON EARTH [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-05-06 22:22