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Swim - the Ikil Cenote

 
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Jan 28, 2010 20:00 |  #1

The Ikil Cenote is located just outside of Chichen Itza and is one of the numerous rocky sinkholes that dot the landscape on the Yucatan Peninsula. We stopped here for lunch and a dip after a trip to Chichen Itza. And it's one dramatic place for a swim!

This shot is a composite of three hand-held bracketed images I blended in photoshop. One for the water, one for the walls, and one for the sky. The sky didn't turn all the way out because I wasn't bracketing my exposures far enough apart. This is my first real attempt at blending images. Not sure if I like how it came out or not. Seems a little flat to me. I also had a hard time trying to rotate the final image vertical. I'm still not sure if it looks vertical or not.

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Jan 28, 2010 20:19 |  #2

Other than it needing to be rotated a bit clockwise it's an awesome pic!


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Jan 28, 2010 20:30 |  #3

Thanks! I rotated a touch clockwise...how's it look now?


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Jan 28, 2010 21:27 |  #4

Nice one Mario. When I visited Chichen Itza, I did not hear about this place. I guess I'll have to visit again. :) The highlights are blown but, you already explained it in your post.




  
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Jan 28, 2010 23:42 |  #5

that place looks AMMMAZZZING


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Jan 29, 2010 00:21 |  #6

Wow, that looks amazing. It took me a minute to realize that there are people gawking in the upper lefthand corner




  
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Jan 30, 2010 11:53 |  #7

tamalematt wrote in post #9495226 (external link)
Wow, that looks amazing. It took me a minute to realize that there are people gawking in the upper lefthand corner

Thanks...I have a shot from that viewing area I'll have to post. Pretty cool view from up there looking down.

CWILL wrote in post #9495066 (external link)
that place looks AMMMAZZZING

Thanks, man.

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Nice one Mario. When I visited Chichen Itza, I did not hear about this place. I guess I'll have to visit again. :) The highlights are blown but, you already explained it in your post.

Thanks, Julian. This was only a couple of miles away from the Chichen Itza site. It's privately owned and has a restaurant and some shops on the grounds. We were staying at a resort on the Mayan Riveria and did a package tour to the Chichen Itza, and this was our lunch stop. Pretty sweet place for lunch and a swim!

On the highlights, looking back I should have dialed the EC down a bit since it was already somewhat dark in the sinkhole. The "0" exposure in the bracketed set was already pretty bright. So my "-" exposure had no chance of capturing the sky above.


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