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5 landscpes from Mendoza Province, Argentina

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    Posted: 12 June 2019 at 17:55
Here are some more shots from my travels on Argentina’s Ruta 40.

The first 3 shots are from Reserva Provincial La Payunia, Malargue – aka La Payunia. The draw here is volcanos - many volcanos. It has an average of 10.6 volcanoes every 100 km2. Which is a lot. Siberia’s Kamchakta Peninsula may have more but it’s still impressive. With more time & talent there would be many breath-taking shots to be had.

#1 Track



#2 Cerro Payún (wide)



#3 Telephoto


The following day I grabbed a couple of shots of the side of the road a bit further south.

#4


#5


After taking these last shots, later that day we crossed the border of Patagonia & ascended higher into the Andes. But that’s a story for another time…

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Love the colours of the first 3 images. Well done!
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Yup, the first three are really special in terms of color and composition, Tony! Wonderful images of a landscape way beyond my ken!

#3 would then be my top-ranked image - although it's really hard to rank them. I wonder why the B/W do not work as well as the color ones. I think a crop of #5 might be more effective (A bit from the top and a bit from the right) in focussing more on these unbelievably diverse structures of the ground.

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Argentina has beautiful sceneries, I should visit one day. I prefer #2, but all are really nice. TFS.
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Quite nice. I'm biased in favor of the color ones as well.
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Fascinating set, of which my favourite is #2.
Thanks for sharing, and looking forward to lots more from that part of the world.
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Just wow! They are all perfectly composed and show a stunning landscape. Many thanks for sharing! My favourite is maybe #2 but also maybe #3
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Hi Tony,

As you might have gathered from the Utah series, I am particularly taken by the impact that Geology has had in shaping the environment around us and this series just goes to reinforce that view. These are great!

The B&W's are impressive and have a pretty good tonal range; my experience is that you can alter this a lot by how you process them and I would be tempted to see how differently they look by doing this in the Channel Mixer option in PS if you have it - even playing with the pre-sets (IR; Blue Filter; Green Filter; Yellow etc...) can produce some startlingly different versions on which to play around with. For images that appear to have a limited tonal colour palette the changes can be dramatic. However, for this series, it's #5 that gets my vote for having just that little bit extra in terms of interest and 'eye wander' capacity than the other one.

For the colours - and what colours - it's a closer run thing: they all have layers of one form or another - #3 especially so - but I have to settle on #2 as my pick of the set. Why? I can't really explain but it has a lot to do with those three, carefully and naturally place stones in the lower left hand corner of the frame that both take you into the frame but also act as a balance for the volcano cone in the upper right which has the same tonality as them. I am going to say it's a brilliantly well seen shot - which, of course, it is - and no coincidence in creating a rather special image.

Thanks for sharing these and best regards, Neil.
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Thanks all very much for your input. I appreciate the time it takes.

Harald, the last two are a different area and I suspect that's the underlying reason to prefer one set over the the other. Well spotted on the crop suggestion. I did consider crops but missed that one.

Neil, the B&Ws were done in Silver Efex which has a similar colour mixer. But the scene was very monochromatic so the result is that there aren't areas of dark or light tone. However I was attracted by the microcontrast (texture?) of the countryside. Definitely a matter of taste so I'm glad you liked them.

As to the rocks in the corner of #2, I confess they had some help in the form of dodging & cloning out a distracting rock to their right. I still find it remarkable that such details can have such major effects.


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