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Huayna Potosi by sebastopolgoose Huayna Potosi by sebastopolgoose
This photo doesn't even begin to do justice to the true grandeur of this sight. The sheer scale is breathtaking- for a rough idea, Huayna Potosí (the snowcapped mountain) is 6,008 meters (19,974 feet) high, less than 200 meters lower than Mount McKinley (the highest point in North America), and higher than anything Europe, Australia, Antarctica, or Africa have to offer.
I came here on a trip with my school, and we were planning to make it all the way to the flanks of the mountain, until the bus broke down. We walked a ways along the southern edge of a low hill, and upon rounding a corner were suddenly greeted with the enormous white mountain and valley beneath. Hell, it was so epic there were even eagles circling over the damn thing. I walked a ways down to the reservoir at the foot of the mountain, and searched for some interesting compositions- this one was a personal favorite.

On another note, that reservoir provides nearly all the water for the capital city of La Paz, and is in danger of going dry as the glaciers on the mountain melt. Asking local people whether climate change seems to be having an effect gets you the same reaction you would have if you asked a doctor if he'd ever thought of using rubber gloves during medical procedures.
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The first thing that struck me is how clear the image is, secondly, the stone in the foreground is a nice touch as it breaks up the otherwise visually bland bracken and lake. Another cleaver touch is the way that you are almost comparing the stone, which seems big - even though it isn't - with the mountains that look small in comparison, with each other. To me it conveys the message - even if you didn't intend it to - that small things are important as all big things are made up of them.

A nice, well composed shot that has very deep, contrasting colours.
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FicktionPhotography Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:ahoy: This was featured in my recent journal entry, found here: [link] :ahoy:
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peterpateman Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice composition! This is one of my favourites too!!
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sebastopolgoose Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
Thanks! :D
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Onceuponatime360 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
this is amazing forest! the quality is stunning.
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sebastopolgoose Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
Thanks Megan!
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justeline Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Professional Photographer
Love the touch of golden light on that mountain and the detail o that rock!
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sebastopolgoose Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010
Thank you! :)
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femluc Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
excelente paisaje me encantó :clap:
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sebastopolgoose Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010
Gracias compañera :hug:
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Koraljka Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful, the ligth, the colours, the composition... :D
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sebastopolgoose Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010
:la:
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In-the-picture Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconrainbowwaveplz1::iconrainbowwaveplz2::iconrainbowwaveplz3: Glad I saw this at [link] a fave of course
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sebastopolgoose Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
:la:
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kai-stork Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
You do have an incredible eye for shots, and this is an excellent one. The colors are so grand, even though there's not all that much contrast. I also am rather fond of that rock, sitting in the front of the image and drawing your eye in equal measure as the mountain.

Have you ever considered photojournalism?
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sebastopolgoose Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
Thank you very much! The foreground interest is the main reason I liked the picture.

Yes, most definitely. We shall see how things pan out...
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geschmack Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
Esa cordillera si que lo deja a uno boquiabierto.
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sebastopolgoose Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
Verdad, no?
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geschmack Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
Es impresionante, la verdad sigo acá embobado, esos colores casi que se sienten.
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sebastopolgoose Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
:blush: Gracias!
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Dani-the-Naiad Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
STUNNING :wow:
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sebastopolgoose Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
:iconhurrhurrplz:
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oxalysa Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
Very beautiful colours !
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sebastopolgoose Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
Thank you!
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oxalysa Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
My pleasure !
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3wyl Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Honestly, I feel as if you've done it justice. :P

I really like the sheer clarity of this photo. The way it's so sharp is awesome. The colours contrast quite well too, I feel. It's as if warmth and cold are battling against each other, where the sky and water are cold and the land warm...

Great framing and a stunning view, all in all. :)
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sebastopolgoose Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
Well, you should have seen the real thing... it was like... :iconexplodingheadplz:

Thank you for the critique! :D
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3wyl Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:lol:

Must have been. :D
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vw1956 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful composition, color and contrast :clap:
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sebastopolgoose Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
Thank you :bow:
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vw1956 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure :)
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YannosGATO Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
Breathtaking indeed!
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sebastopolgoose Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
Thanks!
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vballplayr5596 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
That perspective is gorgeous, I love the mountains!:clap::clap:
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sebastopolgoose Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
Thank you! :bow:
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Kebarzivo Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
One day I want to visit the Andes.
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sebastopolgoose Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
DO EET. They are truly breathtaking.
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Kebarzivo Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
:thanks:
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Swordtemper Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow ! You nailed the exposure ! Very nice contrast between warm and cool tones. Composition is excellent, too. Honestly, in my opinion the best shot of your whole gallery and the first one I actually faved I think :D
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sebastopolgoose Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
Thanks! Wow, that's quite the compliment. :D

You have favorited others of my shots though. I'm not that pathetic :evileye:
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Swordtemper Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Have I ? Oh, maybe but I can't remember then, I'm getting old...
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sebastopolgoose Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
Yeah, them young-uns, always trying to mess with our heads :iconshakecaneplz:
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Swordtemper Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:nod:
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Visual-Escape Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
Amazing.
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sebastopolgoose Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
Thank you :)
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