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Champagne Pool at Rotorua

Champagne Pool at Rotorua
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-24
Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Artwork
Camera: Canon EOS 30D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Rotorua - April 2009 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-04-26 0:35
Viewed: 2131
Points: 48
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Champagne Pool at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Rotorua

This photo shows the colourful layers at the edge of the Champagne Pool at the Artist's Palette at the Wai-O-Tapu Scenic Reserve, Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand.

This geothermal sightseeing attraction is just 30 minutes south of Rotorua and allows visitors to view a wide range of stunning natural features including geysers, mud pools, mineral terraces, hot and cold pools plus steaming volcanic lakes.

I thoroughly enjoyed Wai-O-Tapu. We spent about 3 hours walking a 3 km track around the many different geothermal sights there.

I reckon this is probably the best of the thermal attractions in the Rotorua area, and certainly the most varied, with many interesting and unusual things to see at every turn.

There are sulphur vents, craters, geysers, silica terraces, and beautiful pools in spectacular colours, coloured by minerals bubbling up from the earth's crust - these have to be seen to be believed.

We were very impressed with this geothermal wonderland. The Champagne pool especially was astonishing with its vivid colours and bubbling water.

Sharpshooter, dareco, chrisJ, GreenBaron, Kilted-Arab, teamill, suzy, Saba, HapiSnapa, lilimih33, Patricia, jjcordier, eosnut, CMJC has marked this note useful
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Hi Janice,
Outstanding photo. I'm hoping to go here when I visit Rotorua again in the coming weeks. Haven't been since I was little. Looks like I've got alot to look forward to. Amazing colours in this shot, very interesting how it works - thanks for your note. Terrific POV and vertical crop, works well.


Wonderful note Janice
amazing colours and details in your shot
good image well taken in pov and sharpness

have good sunday

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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2009-04-26 1:37]

This looks/sounds like an incredible place to visit!! A beautiful picture, great color and pov. TFS

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-04-26 2:32]

Welcome back, Janice!

You've been missed! So you were in Rotorua! Strong, & well captured colour contrasts, between the orange & turquoise. Good sharpness & diffused light. The people add scale. Tfs!

Hi Janice,
Did I see this before? :-) Of course I did, with my very own eyes! Great capture of the champagne pool, vivid red colours of the iron oxide minerals, nice low POV creating a great image. Hope you have had a great time in Roturua!
Hugs...kia ora!

I really am a fan of the champagne pool, although it also creeps me out - knowing how deep it is, and how hot!
Great capture, this is just as I remember it.

I like this one, Janice - the choice of portrait, the colours, the composition and the capture of the steam are all good...and a nice note as well. Good posting.

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  • Dawn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 98 N: 3374] (17650)
  • [2009-04-26 2:52]

Time to go back to Rotorua I think.... great spot..beautiful colours.. very nicely composed...and good to get the shot of the people in here too Janice... thanks for sharing... you were missed!!

Best wishes

Hello Janice.
Nature on its best.!
Nice colourfull picture with thepeople in it adds to interests.
15 mm cropped off from the bottom, imo makes it even more atractive.
Cheers from Jan

From the thumbnail it looks like a negative image...or something you colourisd!
What an amazing looking place Janice...if I was ever to get up North I will have to check this out!!

Regards Tracey
PS do they still charge those prices?

What an interesting place Janice. Thanks for the great informative note.
Great portrait view here, with the pathway leading off around the pool at the top.
Great shot - so interesting!

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  • suzy Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 420 W: 36 N: 1214] (4355)
  • [2009-04-26 8:16]

hello Janice,

what a Champagne Pool, really interesting to learn about such places in the world... makes me wana go there one day:)..fabulous colors and the steam in the middle adds a lovely effect on the green tones, the people in the BG is a +, the sharpness and POV stands out.. very impressive presentation..

tfs and kind regards

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2009-04-26 8:44]

Hi Janice,
How I like this awesome view!
You did a good choice with the vertical composition which enhances the great perspective and depth of the site . The smoke is well captured and the intense colors very eye-catching! Bravo! Annie

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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2009-04-26 12:43]

Hello Janice!

This is very curious place and splendid information about him.
Very pretty formulation in original and beautiful colours and light.

I congratulate formulation and realization and I greet.

I can smell the sulphur Janice and feel the heat rising from the pool, amazing transition of colours that the minerals create.

Hello Janice!
Fantastic water and very nice point of view!
I would like to see this place, live.
Best regards!

Hi Janice, Aha, this is where you have been!Excellent image of the Champagne Pool. Your POV is perfect with the lines leading into the picture and the layers of colours. I like the inclusion of the people adding dimension to the scene. Congratulations!

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  • timtim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 934 W: 105 N: 608] (10187)
  • [2009-04-27 17:11]

like the comp and POV
Great colours

Superbe photo de cet endroit vraiment différent.Quelles couleurs!

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  • ttreen Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1317 W: 129 N: 3792] (15759)
  • [2009-04-28 7:28]

hello Janice,
What I like the most is the layers of color! The human element is imo special and gives the size more meaning! Wonderful notes as well


Hi Janice,
I see you had a nice stay in RotoVegas, this shot is stunning.
Beautiful colours, good composition and DOF, just a little tilted though.
Other than that, I can't fault it.

  • CMJC Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 154 W: 193 N: 124] (1191)
  • [2009-04-30 1:56]

très interessante découverte! c'est vrai que visiter un tel lieu doit être fascinant.
ça s'apelle Champagne à cause des bulles je pense mais à ne pas boire, et ne pas s'y plonger non plus!
la photo pourrait aussi être recadrée en format carré (le bas) pour ne montrer plus que la beauté du site sans sont côté touristique

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  • Keithg (168)
  • [2009-05-09 5:11]

Beautiful colours and detail Janice. I havnt been in that one. The one i went to was a loop road off to the left of the road into this place. I think lol. Thanks for showing. I like it.
Cheers. Keith

Hi Janice
This is stunning, the orange floats beautifully in this capture. I was down in Roto a few week ago and enjoyed the place so much. A helicopter POV would show this place in it's full glory for sure. Reminds me very much of yellowstone NP in USA, but to me, Rotorua is better. Wonderful note and capture, I hope all is well with you.

One of my favourite places

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