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Caño Cristales

Caño Cristales
Probably one of the most beautiful rivers in the world is Caño Cristales (Crystal Channel). A tributary of the Guayabero River, located in the Serrania de la Macarena province of Meta, Colombia.

The river is commonly called the "River of Five Colors" or the "Liquid Rainbow" and is famous for its striking colours. Besides the crystal clear water, the bed of the river is variously coloured yellow, green, blue, black, and especially red, this is all caused by the unique vegetation growing on the riverbed: the Macarenia Clavigera plant.

Because of the heavy sun, I used a B+W Polarisation filter to avoid reflections on the water surface, so the colours become more pronounced. It was also the first time for me shooting free hand in bracketing mode, normally you use a tripod for this kind of photography. For one final photo, I merged seven images! I took each photo with a different aperture, and afterwards, I merged them using Adobe Photoshop as a 32-bit image, which resulted in a High Dynamic Range photo or HDR. I hope you like them!

Exposed (Click thumbnails to enlarge)
About Dirk Beckers
Dirk Beckers is a hobby wildlife & nature photographer living in Antwerp (Belgium). Fujifilm is mostly the gear I prefer but sometimes Nikon has a place in my bag. Aside from some exposure, sharpening, noise reduction and basic colour corrections, I don't spend much time post-processing my photos. I believe that good photographs are accomplished outdoors, in the field, and not in front of the computer. That's the essence of my photography. Click here for more.
Bird Identification
Please be aware that I'm not an expert in Ornithology. I'm using Merlin app from The Cornell Lab for bird identification, but if you think that there are still some mistakes with the names of the birds, please feel free to contact me. I will be happy to make the necessary corrections!
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