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Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice Lakes
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Copyright: Vanda Golfetto (vanda) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 47 N: 1333] (7051)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-06-02
Categories: Nature
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-06-07 3:49
Viewed: 2037
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have just had a short holiday in Croatia to see the Plitvice lakes.
I took several pictures and I wish to share some of them with you.


Plitvice Lakes National Park is situated in Croatia.
The protected area extends over 296.85 square kilometres (73,350 acres). In 1979, Plitvice Lakes National Park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage register among the first natural sites worldwide.
Every year, more than 1,200,000 visitors are recorded. Entrance is subject to charges. Strict regulations apply.
The national park is world famous for its lakes arranged in cascades. Currently, 16 lakes can be seen from the surface. These lakes are a result of the confluence of several small rivers and subterranean karst rivers. The lakes are all interconnected and follow the water flow. They are separated by natural dams of travertine, which is deposited by the action of moss, algae, and bacteria. The particularly sensitive travertine barriers are the result of an interplay between water, air and plants. The encrusted plants and bacteria accumulate on top of each other, forming travertine barriers which grow at the rate of about 1 cm per year.
The sixteen lakes are separated into an upper and lower cluster formed by runoff from the mountains, descending from an altitude of 636 to 503 m (2,087 to 1,650 ft) over a distance of some eight km, aligned in a south-north direction. The lakes collectively cover an area of about two square kilometers, with the water exiting from the lowest lake forming the Korana River.
The lakes are renowned for their distinctive colors, ranging from azure to green, grey or blue. The colors change constantly depending on the quantity of minerals or organisms in the water and the angle of sunlight.
Through different climatic influences and the large difference in elevation within the protected area, a multifaceted flora and fauna has been created. The national park area is home to many endemic species. Those species that prevailed at the lakes before the arrival of man still exist.

Il Parco nazionale dei laghi di Plitvice si trova in Croazia, nel complesso montuoso di Lička Plješivica, in un territorio di fitte foreste, ricco di corsi d'acqua, laghi e cascate.
Il Parco nazionale dei laghi di Plitvice dal 1979 fa parte della lista dei Patrimoni dell'umanitā dell'UNESCO
Il parco occupa una superficie di 33.000 ettari e comprende 16 laghi in successione, collegati fra loro da cascate. All'interno del parco si trovano anche numerose grotte di cui solo una piccola parte č agibile. I boschi del parco sono popolati da 157 specie di uccelli, 50 specie di mammiferi, 20 tipi di pipistrelli, 321 specie di farfalle (76 diurne e 245 notturne) e altri animali, fra i quali l'orso bruno, il cinghiale, il lupo, la lince ed il capriolo.
I laghi sono formati da due fiumi: il Fiume Bianco ed il Fiume Nero, che confluiscono nel fiume Korana. Le acque di questi fiumi sono ricche di sali calcarei (in massima parte carbonato di calcio e carbonato di magnesio), provenienti dalla dissoluzione delle rocce carbonatiche costiutenti la struttura geologica del sito.
Questi sali vengono fatti precipitare dalla vegetazione, formando cosė degli strati di travertino, una roccia sedimentaria recente. Col passare del tempo, questi depositi formano delle vere e proprie dighe naturali che fungono da sbarramenti per l'acqua, crescendo di circa un centimetro ogni anno. Ad un certo punto la pressione dell'acqua rompe questi argini naturali, aprendosi nel terreno nuovi percorsi.
Questo meccanismo, in realtā comune a tutte le acque calcaree, a Plitvice ha assunto una particolare importanza.
Il parco č visitabile grazie a una rete ben segnata di sentieri e a 18 km di passerelle.
E' possibile spostarsi anche in bici, con la barca o con un trenino.
(da Wikipedia)

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To parasbhalla: Tha holiday is overvanda 1 06-07 10:36
To chrisJ: Coloursvanda 1 06-07 10:32
To suzley: A Paradisevanda 1 06-07 09:45
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Hi Vanda.

Incredible colours.
Your perfect choice of framimg projects this amazing scene out to us as if we were there ready to jump in. The magical light captured on the leaves aid in the illusion of the 3D-type effect felt. Perfect clarity, angle of shot and emotion felt, you must be over the moon with this result, TFS

Stv :0))

Hi Vanda.

What a wonderful place for a cool refreshing swim on a hot day! The color of the water is amazing, and natural too. I have seen uploads of this place before, & some unkind critics remarked it was oversaturated, but that's not true, as there are minerals dissolved in the water that give it this turquoise colour. Good motion blur of the cascades. Tfs!

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  • sela Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 11 N: 1379] (8213)
  • [2012-06-07 4:24]

HI Vanda, my neighbour today, what a wonderful capture of a place where I had been many years agon. Perfectly composed, very good POV and DOF, I love the differently green colours.TFS
Regards Rose

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  • yanm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 818 W: 84 N: 1189] (10601)
  • [2012-06-07 5:09]

What a wonderful colors of that water. Really nice waterfall too :)

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2012-06-07 5:35]

Hi Vanda,
Beautiful light on these waterfalls which I visited two years ago in Croatia. Splendid green tones both in the fresh water and the foliage of the surrounding trees of this marvelous Natural heaven.
A very sharp image and a pleasant POV to include nearly all the falls.
Very neat work.

Francis Xavier

A lovely capture from a wonderful waterfall with amazing focus and clarity, Vanda!

Good use of natural light and contrasts within the scene are just praiseworthy.
The exposure is well handled and colors are natural as well.

How were your holidays or are still enjoying them? :)


Hello Vanda, your framing seems to emphasise the green colours even more! The colours are amazing!
It is a beautiful picture with excellent sharpness throughout the shot, well done.
No wonder so many people visit here every year.
Tfs, regards Jean.

Ciao Vanda, grande spettacolo della natura, fantastici colori, splendida luce e ottima nitidezza, bravissima, ciao Silvio

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  • brech Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 135 N: 1111] (3045)
  • [2012-06-07 10:34]

A beautiful subject that is well captured in your image. The diffused light reveals all the detail in your balanced exposure.
POV and DOF work very well here and the whole composition is a delight to view.
Very Nice

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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2012-06-07 12:21]

Hello Vanda :)

Beautiful and very romantic the place, until it would like oneself there to be.
Waterfalls and their odbia in water look wonderfully, creators interesting light reflexes.
Very beautiful in colours and light work and fantastic effect!

With best wishes.

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  • jackal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 790 W: 26 N: 808] (9654)
  • [2012-06-07 20:21]

Hi Vanda,
great colours and clarity

Hi Vanda, this is beautiful with the multiple flows of the waterfall and the colour of the water flows on from the greens in the forest.That water is so clear. Fiona

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  • alco Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 11 W: 0 N: 14] (478)
  • [2012-06-08 20:35]

Hello Vanda,
Beautiful picture of that place.Those numerous falls are superb.I particularly like the color of the water.Very nice natural colors.Interesting note.I will visit Croatia next fall and I hope I will have the opportunity to visit that park.Very well done.
Have a nice weekend.

Great PoV, for you have not embeded the sky into your frame, so to reach to a better light management. The PP frame has been a good addition to your photo in my opinion.
Beautiful image. TFS.

Good night dear Vanda,

Incredible colors of emerald waters, in a wonderful green setting.
I love those waterfalls to streams satin.
Contrasts of a beautiful photograph of exception.
Pleasant composition and presentation.
My compliments.
Beautiful night. Friendships.


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