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Public pool - Mayan Style

Public pool - Mayan Style
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Copyright: Robert Calve (perryhooter) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2584 W: 853 N: 6167] (27938)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-16
Categories: Nature, Mood
Camera: Canon Powershot Pro 1
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/30 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Mexico 2009
Date Submitted: 2009-05-27 18:29
Viewed: 5933
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A cenote is a sinkhole with exposed rocky edges containing groundwater. It is typically found in the Yucatán Peninsula and some nearby Caribbean islands. The term is derived from a word used by the low-land Yucatec Maya to refer to any location where groundwater is accessible. ( source: Wikipedia )

On our way to the 7th Wonder of the World, Chitchen Itza Mayan City we stopped at one of them for 45 minutes. The place was so crowded, I had to make a simple choice ( swimming or shooting....) You have the answer right there(^_^).

Technically: Unfortunately, we had a cloudfree day. We were there between 1145 and 1230hrs. I have tried many shots to capture an overall view of the cenote.I could not take a single shot without having an area overexposed or underexposed. Of course , I did not bring a big tripod to take a few shots using the HDR technique.

I have tried a closer plan to capture the essence of the mood and some of the swimmers. Water was running from holes around the cenote falling into it , Lianas, roots were falling down as well down to the surface of the water. Beside humans , fish were also visible in the water.

Of course I avoided to shoot the little man made pier and stairways to keep the natural aspect of the place.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2009-05-27 18:36]
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Very nice!! I'd love to be there Robert. And the colours of the water are so pretty. You were lucky to get a photo with just these 2 people in it - it doesn't look crowded here.
Those hanging roots / vines are interesting

Hello Robert,
very nice shot. The vertical crop works here with all the vegetation hanging from the tree branches. The color of the water is amazing, and even that overexposed spot adds to the mood, very tropical. Great overall light, I wish I was there to take a swim :o)
Great job.
Take care

hi robert,
you did very well on this photo not to be underexposed!! beautiful details, and gorgeous place for a swim!!

Hi, Robert. Nice capture of this beautiful scene with the vines hanging down and the vegetation adding to the visual impact. Nice note and presentation to go along with a good post. Cheers.

Superb, Robert..
Luv the vertical composition.. so refreshing and the colors are lovely.. a good invitation to swim :D

Dear Robert,this is a very beautiful picture with all those gorgeous looking colors.The falling roots are adding an impression in to shot.It must be thrilling to spend time in there!

Have a great day ahead!

Mm, that looks fantastic. I can almost here the tropical sounds, and smell the tropical smells!
Love the vertical shot, with the hanging vines and falling water accentuating the length of the shot.
Los colores son fantastico, y la escena es muy bonito!!
(Have you learned much Spanish during your trips? I've been taking Spanish classes since last fall .. in fact I'm just home from class, so my brain is thinking in Espanol:)
Buenos noches amigo.

Hi Robert,

I would have done the same thing. The water is the most amazing blue. Very refreshing summer shot! Nice framing with the hanging plants too...

:) Lisa

Attractive and so refreshing place Robert :) as you've mentioned, it suffers from oe, but so what :))) thanks


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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2009-05-27 22:14]

Hello Robert,
A wonderful capture of this natural swimming water!
The waterfalls is marvellously captured with an adequate shutter speed to freeze it!
Beautiful lines of water and hanging roots!
An amazing composition with the two swimmers in that blue green water!
Well done

Francis Xavier

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2009-05-27 22:49]

Hi Robert...
Beautiful place...
Beautiful shot with nice colors and composition...

Preciosa imagen con muy buen color e interesante composición del lugar...saludos

sometimes photographer sacrifice few things, just to capture the special moments and activities of the people.
and in this pics. you done a great job robert. also i appreciate the information that you gave to us by putting few details of your photos. thanks for sharing your photog brow.


Bonjour Robert.
Une image qui rafraichi et ou il doit faire bon de prendre un petit plongeon dans cette eau azure.
Le cadrage est parfait avec ces lianes qui nous dirigent vers l’eau.
Bonne journée.

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2009-05-28 4:50]

veeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeery nice !

ps.Don't care about the oe

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2009-05-28 11:04]

Fabulous colours here and the long slender framing makes it really stand out and emphasizes the depth of the canyon

Excellent photography. Nice picture of the couple at the lovely place.

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  • jackal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 790 W: 26 N: 808] (9654)
  • [2009-05-28 16:30]

Hi Robert,
What an amazing place, the colour of the water is quite spectacular. Well captured under difficult conditions and I like the presentation.

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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2009-05-30 5:39]

Hi Robert,
We were here too last December. as you say, the place was packed with people. You have managed to get a nice photo here. I was not lucky. None of my photos from this place came out well.

Beautiful image. Framed and composed ideally. Very nice light and colors.

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2009-05-31 14:49]

Hi Robert,
best choice I think,but the swim would have been as rewarding as the image I'm sure. The location looks very inviting.


hi robert
your gallery is amazing.
i like it.

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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2009-08-06 6:23]

This really does look like an amazing place. I love the color of the water!! A beautiful scene with very good detail. TFS

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