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The Gates of Calypso by michaelanderson The Gates of Calypso by michaelanderson
"You hear it before you see it. You feel it before you hear it, through the soles of your feet, in the chambers of your soul—a low rumble, the very ground thrumming beneath you. Step to the edge. A gust of wet wind and the earth falls away in this great leap into the abyss." -Jeff Rennicke from National Geographic

Runoff from the heaviest rains in 25 years funnel over the cliffs of Iguazu Falls, one of the greatest natural wonders on the planet. This is the first image of a new series from South America. I spent the last 2 months traversing the wilderness continent, from the windswept of dunes of northern Brazil to the crystalline icebergs of Argentine Patagonia. I came face to face with a puma in the middle of the night below Fitzroy, trekked 50 miles barefoot across a spectacular wilderness of sand dunes, and was lucky enough to get on the first train back to Machu Picchu after the disastrous floods of the past winter. I've got lots of stories and images and share, and I hope you enjoy the ride.

Thanks in advance for any commentary.

-Mike
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dheej18 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is magical...
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SpokeninRed Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Balking in amazement! Wow.
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WaterRosei Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
incredible!
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:iconapsin:
Apsin Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Beautiful!
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:iconjesterglm:
jesterglm Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Another great photo
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Litratobyberneserose Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
wow! took my breath away..and i think i have a jaw lock..lol.
truly beautiful..
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gold-rose Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This wonderful work is featured in my news article: [link]

Go have a look and fave it if you like it! :heart:
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:iconb0rrach0:
B0rrach0 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
Magnificent shot. Great atmosphere :)
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:iconladyflix:
ladyflix Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing, just amazing!
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:iconmj-magic:
mj-magic Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
your beautiful capture has been featured! :heart: [link]
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SergeyFrolov Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
greate capture))
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:iconrhcheng:
RHCheng Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011   Photographer
wow, I'm speechless :wow:
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:iconnoor-al-haqiqa:
Noor-al-Haqiqa Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
Oh you make me wish to be young enough to see such things... thank you for capturing the beauty of our world...
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Slightly-Spartan Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Brazil is a beautiful country beyond words, and this picture shows what cannot be said. I will be living in Brazil for a year as an student exchange. Do you have any tips for living in South America? I'm sure any advice you can provide would be a great help. Thank you.
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VFrance Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Barefoot really not even a pair of Keens? This image is wonderful and breathtaking and wow! Lucky YOu! Keep on Trekking!
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je1dedo Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010
:thumb156052990: ,,,,,look
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TinyWild Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
To my point of view, The iguazu falls are one of the most wonderful place in the world :nod:

...and this picture is amazing! :wow:

>^.^<
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ariseandrejoice Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Photographer
How wonderful to be able to share in your adventures! A superb and magical image. :)
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In-the-picture Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful capture :clap:
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Walterbarthelemi Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010   Photographer
Tremendous !
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Gilgond Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! That's all I can think of to say! :)
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ForeverCreative Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
I am simply speechless. :)
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lilleGekko Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
When I look at this picture my mind starts to wander, and I wonder what it would be like to be there and hear, feel and smell it! Thank you for letting me see this it is beautiful. The composition is well done, it seems like the water just continues forever.
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Dieffi Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I have featured this beautyful shot in my waterfall-collection:[link]
I hope you will agree!
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Jazzhead Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010
Wow
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:iconvanillebaer:
Vanillebaer Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010   Photographer
wow! this looks so mystical and well composed :-O
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vincentfavre Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010  Professional Photographer
Wow wow wow !!
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Yeoman2b Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello Mike,

You have been featured here for this amazing picture : [link] ;p;

Emmanuel :hug:
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:icondwth:
dwth Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Student Artist
This photo have been featured on Thumbs of the Week 126th and 127th.:wave:
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:icondwth:
dwth Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010  Student Artist
My bad, sorry! =)
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Innubis Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
Awesome!
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StormLights Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
Featured here : [link]
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AmethistFlame Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010   Photographer
Amazing, it's almost surreal!
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Originalbossman Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
Incredible. is this a single exposure?
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michaelanderson Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Professional Photographer
Yes, this is a single exposure although I bracketed at the time, I didn't need to do any blending. I wanted the highlights to be edgy, since that's what it looked like when you were there- bright white mist swirling all around you giving brief glimpses of the forest and cliffs beyond.

I took this with a Canon 5D Mk II.
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:iconoriginalbossman:
Originalbossman Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
Sounds good to me. I blend but I try to not make it obvious. Having everything perfectly exposed would ruin the effect. you made the right decision.
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mstargazer Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010   Photographer
Insane Michael, just insane.. my imagination can barely handle this :faint:
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foureyes Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
:+fav:
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Michelle-Fennel Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
oh lord!
this is major candyness for eyes!
really hypnotizing :heart:
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Maciej-Koniuszy Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010   Photographer
Fantastic waterscape.
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enigmatichus Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010
One of the best waterscape I've ever seen..
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dwth Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Student Artist
This photo have been featured on Thumbs of the Week 125th.:wave:
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michaelanderson Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you!
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dwth Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Student Artist
;)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
Wonderful...I'm amazed you could keep spray off the camera for the length of the exposure
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AlinaKurbiel Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Professional Photographer
wow
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bayugly Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:clap:
:wow:
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:iconmj-magic:
mj-magic Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
this is breathtakingly beautiful and spectacular! i love how the

white water pops against the gorgeous blue tone water in the

background! :w00t: must of been amazing being so close to

such a wonder! :)
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photocrafter Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010  Professional Photographer
Stellar work. :)
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FlippinPhil Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010  Professional Photographer
Incredible.
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