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Pamukkale

By digicammad  
In the South West of Turkey lies a fascinating place called Pamukkale. Thermal springs run from the mountain and leave behind pure white Calcium deposits, which form semi-circular pools.

When the Romans discovered it they built a city there - Hierapolis - to take advantage of the healing properties of the waters. They also installed a system of sluices to divert the water in order to manage the deposit formation.

It is no longer possible to bathe in the pools, as too much damage was being caused, but the management still takes place to ensure the area remains as pure white as possible.

It's a pig to try and expose for and I had forgotten to take my polariser on holiday with me so I really struggled. I'm reasonably happy with this shot though. When I took the shot I used the 'shooting in snow' principle of over-exposing slightly to compensate for the meter being fooled by all the white. When I got back to my computer I discovered that the metering is obviously too intelligent these days to be fooled and I ended up having to drop the exposure by as much as I had lifted it when taking the shot. Luckily I had been keeping an eye on the histogram so hadn't lost any details.

Thanks for looking, all feedback is welcome.

Ian

Tags: Turkey Landscape and travel Pamukkale Calcium Hierapolis

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Comments


Shutterbybaby 15 529 England
3 Jun 2008 8:17AM
Like the inclusion of the person really shows off the rest of it.Great write up very interesting
Richsr 15 91 223 England
3 Jun 2008 8:44AM
Nicely controlled capture - still got the details and good colours -
Regards Richard.
alfpics Plus
21 388 4 England
3 Jun 2008 8:59AM
As Michelle says - good to include the person. Amazing place. You have managed well with the exposure considering the brightness!
Andy
digicammad 19 22.0k 40 United Kingdom
3 Jun 2008 9:03AM
Thanks Michelle, Richard and Andy. It is an amazing place and well worth a visit.
graceland 18 2.6k 2 United Kingdom
3 Jun 2008 2:51PM
2 mods One for Fun

Good pic
digicammad 19 22.0k 40 United Kingdom
3 Jun 2008 2:52PM
Thanks for the mods, not sure how I missed Betty Boop. Smile
blondiebee 16 295 United Kingdom
3 Jun 2008 3:54PM
Thats amazing. Always wanted to go there. Ness
digicammad 19 22.0k 40 United Kingdom
3 Jun 2008 3:57PM
If you do decide to go and you are at all interested in history, try to make sure you get a full day there. Hierapolis is massive.
gossyboy 14 460 United Kingdom
3 Jun 2008 7:12PM
Great place digi. Nice image..........
digicammad 19 22.0k 40 United Kingdom
3 Jun 2008 7:17PM
Cheers Paul

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