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Chavón River

Chavón River
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Copyright: Galder Jon Arguinzoniz (galderjon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 526 W: 87 N: 574] (2755)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08
Categories: Nature
Camera: Casio Exilim EX-Z3, SD card 128 Mb
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-24 3:49
Viewed: 2214
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Chavón River taken from "Altos de Chavón".
The water is brown due to the organic material coming from the erosion of the mountains, which feeds of nutrients the coast-side waters.
Depth of field and nice greens. Brightness increased a bit more than the necessary to be correct, did it on purpose to strenghten sensations. Blue of the sky also increased.



The biggest attraction in La Romana, Dominican Republic, is Altos de Chavón, a re-creation of a medieval European village conceived from the imagination of Roberto Copa, a former Paramount Studios set designer, and Charles Bluhdorn.

Its construction began in 1976 when the construction of a nearby road and bridge crossing the Chavón river had to be blasted through a mountain of stone. Charles Bludhorn, chairman of Gulf+Western, had the idea of using the stones to build a sixteenth century Mediterranean village. Construction was completed in the early 1980s.

It was built as an 18th birthday gift to his daughter, Dominique, who is the current president of the Altos de Chavón Cultural Center. Narrow, cobble-covered alleyways lined with lanterns and shuttered limestone walls yield several good Mediterranean-style restaurants, a number of quaint shops featuring the diverse craftwork of local artisans, and three galleries exhibiting the talents of students from the on-site design school (an affiliate of Parsons School of Design in New York City). Notable attendees of the Altos de Chavón Design School have included Lisa Thon and Mía Lourdes Taveras López.

Adding authenticity to the entire fantasy is the charming St. Stanislaus Church (Iglesia San Estanislao de Cracovia in Spanish) with its plaza and sparkling fountain that is a popular wedding venue. The Church of St Stanislaus was named after the patron saint of Poland in tribute to Pope John Paul II, who visited Santo Domingo in 1979 and left some of the saint's ashes behind. It was in this church that Louis Alphonse, Duke of Anjou married Venezuelan heiress Maria Margarita de Vargas y Santaella on November 6, 2004.

A Roman-styled 5,000-seat amphitheater hosts 20th century musical acts—The Pet Shop Boys, Frank Sinatra, and Julio Iglesias to name a few—while Génesis nightclub provides a popular dance venue for guests from the Casa de Campo resort nearby. Visitors shouldn’t miss the Regional Museum of Archaeology (El Museo Arqueológico Regional), an astonishing collection of pre-Columbian Indian artifacts unearthed in the surrounding area. Altos de Chavón overlooks Rio Chavón and the Dye Fore golf course of Casa de Campo; both built by former Gulf+Western chairman Charles Bluhdorn. There are reports that Apocalypse Now was filmed on the Rio Chavón, but most authorities on the subject agree that the movie was filmed in the Philippines.

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To rewshearer: The river that makes flow our thoughtsgalderjon 1 12-24 10:51
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A natureza é realmente muito bela, e você conseguir captar com muita propriedade essa beleza natural. Gostei do seu ponto de vista. A luz e as cores estão muito boas também. Bom trabalho, Galder. Parabéns!

Feliz Natal,
Bruno Santana

This again is quite an old shot - I'm waiting to see more new photos from your camera, for you to explore the new tricks and tips you're learning from your explorations of TrekLens. ;)

I was going to ask if you had dabbled with that sky, it seems a little greener than it should be, but also there are some sharp edges that could be improved with 'feathering' when selecting it - the feathering just gives a softer, graduated edge to any post work and makes it feel more natural.

The overall feeling of this shot is quite pleasant - the curve of the river sweeping through the frame. As (another) general rule, the eye reads left-to-right in a photograph, so commonly if a river, path, fence, etc. leads in from the lower left and sweeps across to the right, a photograph will feel more natural and pleasing.

The tree on the right - with its branch extending up to the top of the frame - is one distraction that could possibly have been avoided.

One thing I have learned about a photograph is to ask - "what do I want the viewer to feel?" Emotion is the key to a successful shot, and as the photographer, knowing what emotion you want to evoke is very important. If we are clear about that - is it relaxation? wonder? tension? amusement? - then it is possible to construct the photograph to achieve that goal, and the success can be more easily measured.


Hello Galder,
wonderful DOF,warm colors with light blue sky in BG,good POV with beautiful framing,
Indeed a scenic presentation.

Ciao Galder, great view of splendid river, beautiful composition with lovely flowers in FG, wonderful light and colors, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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