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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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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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:iconjazzhead:
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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:iconvincentfavre:
vincentfavre Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010  Professional Photographer
Wow wow wow !!
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:iconyeoman2b:
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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:iconinnubis:
Innubis Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
Awesome!
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:iconstormlights:
StormLights Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
Featured here : [link]
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:iconamethistflame:
AmethistFlame Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010   Photographer
Amazing, it's almost surreal!
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:iconoriginalbossman:
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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:iconmstargazer:
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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:iconmichelle-fennel:
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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:iconmaciej-koniuszy:
Maciej-Koniuszy Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010   Photographer
Fantastic waterscape.
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:iconenigmatichus:
enigmatichus Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010
One of the best waterscape I've ever seen..
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:icondwth:
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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:iconmichaelanderson:
michaelanderson Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you!
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:icondwth:
dwth Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Student Artist
;)
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:iconandymumford:
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
Stellar work. :)
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:iconflippinphil:
FlippinPhil Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010  Professional Photographer
Incredible.
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:icondb-imagery:
db-imagery Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Student Photographer
spectacular!!..will be looking for more images from your journey!
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:iconshadowelven:
shadowelven Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing shot, amazing atmosphere. :) Wish I could see a place like this before I die.
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:icone3w:
e3w Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
just like my dreams..:)
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:iconoro-elui:
oro-elui Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing, like painted.
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:iconalban-expressed:
alban-expressed Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
Excellent picture. :-)
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:iconmsdulcet:
MsDulcet Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
This is honestly one of the most incredible pictures I have ever laid eyes on. Wow.
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:iconwebworm:
webworm Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
:eyepopping: Amazing capture!!
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:iconeyesweb1:
eyesweb1 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Great work
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:iconezphotography:
EZPhotography Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
Beautiful
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:iconballisticvole:
Ballisticvole Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning work as always Michael.
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:iconmarchingclouds:
MarchingClouds Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic... :heart:
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snowwolfsabertooth Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
wow....
i want to go to brazil too!
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:iconphilippe-albanel:
Philippe-Albanel Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Professional Photographer
breathtaking!
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Just brilliant, I really cant say more
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cairo485 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Professional Photographer
WOW! I had 22 new deviations to look at on my watch list and this is the only one i had to click on. This is masterful photography, the difference in your photos and a lot of everybody elses is the feeling that they create. Your stories and background are fantastic aswell, during reading your story I had a strong urge to grab my camera and hit the road... that was until I read you came face to face with a puma! lol that's mental. I don't think I would've survived that encounter, the puma would've smelt the fear from me and licked its lips.... or else smelt the fear and said "there's no way I'm eating some guy who just shat himself!" :)

Anyway, back to the photograph, EXTREMELY IMPRESSIVE!!
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michaelanderson Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Professional Photographer
Now THAT is hilarious! I need you to write the stories for the images! Either that or we need to travel together! Thanks for the comment!

-Mike
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Soulathyia Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
This is absolutely breathtaking!
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:iconpowerferret:
powerferret Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
That sounds like an awesome adventure you had! Something I'd very much like to do someday :) Amazing photo!
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:iconmeema:
Meema Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely incredible. Well done!
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NicolasAlexanderOtto Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
Great opener for your coming series. Already keen to see more. :)
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