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Personal Favorite of 2009

Personal Favorite of 2009
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Copyright: oana oana (chendis) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 558 W: 186 N: 980] (6473)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-27
Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment, Mood
Exposure: f/3.3, 1/1300 seconds
Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version
Theme(s): JAPIEY'S FAVOURITES [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-01 2:38
Viewed: 3052
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is my favorite picture of 2009
i changed some things due the critiques
i clone out the withe speck on the rock in FG and tilt
the horizon

Balea Glacial Lake is a real monument of nature (formed in a glacial circus), is 360 meters long, 240 meters broad and 11 meters depth. Situated at 2 034 meters of altitude, the lake is between the Defileul Oltului (Olt Canyon) and the foot of Piatra Craiului Mountains. It is accessible by car during the summer, and the rest of the year by a cable car from the “Balea Cascada” chalet.

Since 1932, the lake and about 180 hectare of land around it were declared scientific reservation. It must also be mentioned the fact that the first ice hotel in Eastern Europe was built near the lake in 2006
On summer one can practice boating on the lake, while on winter one can skate, play hockey or curling on the frozen surface of the lake. One can also climb down from the Waterfall by skiing, on a 10 kilometers route with a 600 meters difference of altitude.
Balea Lake Chalet
Balea Lake Chalet is located on a half-isle that goes into the Balea Glacial Lake, at an altitude of 2034 meters. The present chalet was rebuilt in 2000, because the old one had been destroyed in a fire in 1995. On its three floors there are double rooms, rooms with four, six or ten places and also apartments. It has its own restaurant and facilities for renting sport equipment, baby sky and scooters

Have a great start for 2010!

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We are at the dawn of a new year.
That all obstacles to change in ways that lead us to love.
Nous sommes à l'aube d'une nouvelle année.
Que tous les obstacles se changent en chemins nous menant à l'amour.
Bonne et heureuse année 2010

Bom dia Oana,
Lovely entry. A great capture from this beautiful place,
I agree with you is a great favourite.
All the best. Happy 2010.

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  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
  • [2010-01-01 2:52]

hello Oana

For a start to a new year, this is indeed a wise choice, hey, this is chosen on my favorite list and the repost is very well done for this day, even the original version is already stunning and this repost makes it perfect.

The misty cloud and the calm water makes everything impressive under the bright light. I see you have corrected the tilt :)

Have a wonderful year my friend.
Greetings from Malaysia

Hi Oana,
Wonderful view of this nature.
Beautiful misty scene, colors and the placement of the building with its reflection.
Happy New Year.

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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2010-01-01 3:53]

Hello Oana :)

Splendid scenery, mountain in fog and red house
on background grows green they look beautifully.
Pretty colours, light and perfect sharpness.
It congratulates realization.

I wish You very good New 2010 Year :)

My best wishes.

Hello Oana,

I am so glad you reposted this as it certainly deserves more kudos. I like the subtle pp work and changes made to the original posting. I especially like the hovering fog and the perfectly still water and reflection. This is quite scenic and well captured. One of your best from 2009. Happy New year.


Hi Oana
Happy new year
Take care

Happy New Year! Oana
This is a beautiful scene. Very good POV.
Light, colors, sharpness are all good.
I love the cloud that you captured.
Hien Vy

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  • akg Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 0 N: 171] (2264)
  • [2010-01-01 5:01]

Dear Oana,
Wish your all the wishes come true in the new year! You have already started with a marvelous photo. Wonderful place to be in.
Fantastic composition with the house, mountain, mist and the lake and the play of light.
My sincere compliments.

Hi Oana,
Amazing wild composition...
Nice colours and excellent details.
Depth and clarity are perfect.tfs.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

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  • JT50 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 273 W: 6 N: 320] (1524)
  • [2010-01-01 6:55]

Hi Oana,
A composition with a unique charm.
A romantic mood with every thing
perfectly balanced in the shot.
Happy new year. Have a great 2010.

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 0 N: 886] (8448)
  • [2010-01-01 6:59]

Salut Oana,

Splendide paysage de montagne, la Grande réflexion un effet étonnant avec le brouillard. Beautifull couleurs et sharpness, POV très bon et DOF.
Excellente composition pour la première fois en 2010.
Prendre soin de.

O atmosfera de exceptie pe malul lacului Balea.
Ceata ce se ridica creaza o atmosfera de mister!
Da, cred ca si eu socot ca este favorita mea!
Un an nou cat mai frumos!

hi there,

excellent capture, vivid colours, light is amazing, depth n composition is also good.

love the reflection in the lake.

tfs n happy new year

Hi Oana ,

Terrific shot with splendid composition,this is one beautiful shot of this very scenic place with great clarity and superb atmosphere,the POV is perfect and so is the exposure,the sharpness and details are well captured,I like such atmospheric shot like this and it's going to be my favorite as well dear Oana.

My Best Wishes and Happy New Year
Mushtaq Hussain

hi oana,

everything works here, the result is amazing!

how beautiful is that landscape!!!

happy 2o1o


Beautiful shot, dramatic and amtospheric, well composed and with good management of exposure.

The cloning on the left hand edge is a little clumsy though, it feels as if I have double-vision where the rocks etc. repeat themselves!


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  • mi_per Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 215 W: 27 N: 369] (3825)
  • [2010-01-01 16:42]

Hello Oana:)
Happy New Year for you and your family :)

this is so lovely pov and compostion and the colors of the water -reflection and beautiful mountains are perfect!
Have a wonderful year my friend.

Hello Oana,
This has always been one of my favorites in your collection. the beautiful rock and atmosphere of this location would draw my heart to its shores with every opportunity.
Wish I were there...

Hi Oana,

Happy New Year.

Very nice photo. Wonderful reflections, with fantastic colours and great POV. Well done with the corrections.

Take care,

Hello Oana,

Excellent photo of this beautiful landscape scene with red building, lake and amazing reflection in the foreground and mountains wrapped in mist in the background.
Great POV, clarity, sharpness, light and perfectly shown colors.

Best regards,

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  • japiey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1253 W: 75 N: 2365] (9460)
  • [2010-01-02 12:07]

Hi Oana,

You are right.. its the most beautiful shot from BALEA.
It delivers the moods that stayed there...
Superb capture.
Enjoy the days.


Hi,Oana. What a beautiful place and a such a pretty scene.
A very good photograph indeed with a good point of view, depth of field and soft lighting. I congratulate you on a excellent choice of the subject. Your POV is excellent. The composition and the colors are very good. Cheers.

Excellent shot Real mountain atmosphere and scenery
Happy New Year
warm regards

Hello Oana , how are you ? Do i remember this picture from a previous upload , wow it was quite good then now it's nothing short of excellent , lovely presentation , it is magical , wonderful scenery in such a beautiful setting among the peaks , no wonder it is your favorite, i was not so lucky when i visited , too much fog and rain , admiring your photo i now know what i missed , next time maybe, he he !

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  • brubar Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 269 W: 43 N: 9] (1836)
  • [2010-01-10 21:05]

Ciao oana,

I very also like this image: it transmits really peace and calm, the worth is surely in the way according to which you have known how to take back her.

Saluti dall'Italia

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  • jone Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2365 W: 178 N: 0] (32781)
  • [2010-01-10 23:56]

Morning O ;)))
Impressive atmosphere and architecture..TFS
Have a lovely week...
JO ;)))

Hellow Oana,
A really beautiful isolated area.Tranquality well portraid in this image,with sharpnessa and good depth.The low lying clouds and reflections in the lake have created a picture post card image.

Superb ! Am vizitat zona de nenumarate ori,este intr-adevar magnific.. De asemenea Lacul Capra merita vazut...fotografiat...

Hello dear Oana!

WOW! It is a very very wonderful shot of yours! Well it is mine favorite too. Great shot with lovely scenery in great colors and contrasts. It has been captured so wonderfully that I cannot find words to define. Great details, lights and good DOF. The reflection over the glassy lake is superb!

TFS, indeed a wonderful POV.. :)

Best Regards,

Hello Oana

I like your lanscape photos...

Great composition with three horizontal levels, well ponctuated with your red pavilion.

I think otherwise, you might focuse more on this pavilion.



  • leeno Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 24 W: 0 N: 41] (725)
  • [2013-12-15 1:00]

Beautiful place and informative description.
Good capture

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