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Copyright: Danilo Martinez (cunejo200) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2556 W: 83 N: 4926] (20188)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-03
Categories: Nature
Camera: Nikon D70s, Nikkor 18-200 1:3.5-5.6 ED DX
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Star awards 2010 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-02-05 4:02
Viewed: 3384
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 84
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I was inspired to visit the Batad Rice Terraces after seeing an independent movie of the same title. In this movie, a 14-year old boy, a high school dropout, is forced to sell produce in the Banaue market to augment the family income while his father pursues the philantrophic mission of repairing the rice terraces of adjoining Ifugao villages. Exposed to Western modernization in Banaue, the boy obsesses with owning a pair of rubber shoes that he does not really need. In pursuit of his dream sneakers, he takes on all odd jobs imaginable and ultimately becomes a tour guide. During one of his tours, he barters his guide fee for a pair of shoes which are, however, too big for him. Upon possessing the long-desired rubber shoes, he attempts to leave his Ifugao roots and chase big city dreams. A fine movie.

Batad lies in the Cordillera Mountain Range in northern Philippines. A bit difficult to visit, it took a 14-hour bus ride from Manila to Banaue, and then another two-hour hike to reach Batad. I spent an evening here. The Banaue Rice Terraces is a UNESCO World heritage Site.

I lost my exif data during pp work. I processed this in Photomatix then further tweaked colors and contrast in Photoshop.

Have a good weekend.

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Hello, Danilo -
I had to open the thumbnail to get the full effect of this image, and it is astounding! The incredible patterns of these rice terraces flow at a graceful diagonal through the frame. Wonderful green hues. Excellent image.

Hi Danilo

This must be Luzon? Looks similar to Bali or Nepal. Good high pov with excellent repetition of the rice terraces. The greenery is amazing. Tfs!

Bonjour Danilo.
Une image qui semble avoir été dessinée par un artiste.
La finesse de ces traits est magnifique et les couleurs naturelles parfaitement adaptées pour mettre cette image en valeur. Félicitations.
Bonne journée.

Hi Danilo
exceptional pov.
remarkable capture of the village surrounded by marvelous green rice terraces.
nice red patches.
well seen and presented.
interesting note.

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2010-02-05 4:32]

Wow, what an amazing place !
Excellent POV and compo.
Wonderful greenery.


Bom dia Danilo
This terraces are really beautiful and unique. I look your photo and I read your note and I am I will never be there and I have sort of miss a place where I have never been. This is very different from everything my eyes have seen. Nature and men make wonderful things. The huge view with great details, very well sharp, the good colors and light. Incredible to be hable to see houses strutures, every thing here is very touching to me. It is not the first time you post an image of these terraces and I have alwyas a sweet feeling about it. It is like an old architecture that comes from dialogue between man with nature.

Your note is has wonderful words, a perfect guide line description of a movie. Very well writting and a bautiful story.

Thanks for telling me stories and show me excellent photos of great and uniques place where I am sure I never will be.

have a good WE
Um abraço

Hello Danilo,
Excellent landscape, eye catching graphism.
Perfeect sharpness, light and ambience...
Selahattin E

For me is a complex and lovely visual experience. I liked the repetition from the bassin. Great and sophisticated shot. Nice one
Best wishes.

In addition to being an interesting photo and story, it sounds like you're quite an adventurer since you're so willing to tolerate such inconvenience to experience these remote places.

Keep livin' and shootin'


Ciao Danilo,

This is very beautiful, he knew the world
is wonderful ... Oh. I already knew, the more you
showing what was hidden is more wonderful
Moreover, given the nature and the man drew.
I like the light, colors and all details
I've missed seeing this scenario.
The town center is the Must!
Sharpness and clarity are superb.
Very well perspective and good composition.

Have a nice weekend,


Bonjour Danilo,

Extraordinaire , splendide dans les couleurs!!!
Quel graphisme,
superbe atmosphère avec ce village concentré au milieu de ce vert intense.
Une belle capture. Félicitations.
Bon Week-End à vous.


Hello Danilo,
The clever combination of landscape patterns and intense colours give this photograph a special aura: somewhere in between a conceptual painting and a satellite photo. Well done.
TFS & kind regards,

Wow Danilo!

An interesting note and photo! Amazing POV! Very well captured and presented!


Hi Danilo

i have no idea where you climbed to have such a great view the idea is that is breath taking
i like the different tones for each rice terrace and the red roofs add contrast to this amazing green
i m impressed of this view and watch it for good min just thinking how they live there and how they could build all of those terraces
You had good POV and the result is amazing
Good sharpness and details .
great job
Have a beautiful weekend

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2010-02-05 7:42]

HI Danilo
This reminds me of the island of Madeira but with different cultures. Fascinating to see how hard these folks work in order to survive.
Fascinating lines, awesome colors. I remember seeing a post of yours similar to this which I found so interesting and extremely well done.

WoW beautiful shot.
Very nice colors and light .
Regards Zoran

Hello Danilo,

This is extremely good photo.
Excellent composition, POV, sharpness, colors...
The light is fantastic.

Best regards,

Hello Danilo!
What a superbe panorama!
Great place, beautiful colours and light in your picture!
Good sharpness!
Best regards!

Oh man, this is just a most fascintating and intriguing sight to me ... almost surreal to see the terraced hillside, and the buldings running up the center ... a scene that I hope to see with my own eyes some day! The rich green is beautiful, and the red rooftops jump out!
Where did you take this from Danilo ... were you high up on a hillside?
Thanks for showing us this amazing sight.

a dream for me, I would like giving a lot of points Danilo,

congratulations for it,

dd, ile de la réunion

Hi Danilo!
Excellent POV,wonderful view,superb colours and light,perfect sharpness.

Merhaba Danilo,
Very impressive panorama with perfect POV, colours and a great perspective.TFS.


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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2010-02-05 15:45]

Hi Danilo,
A superb view point, the thumbnail does not do justice to this great photo. The greenery is really striking.

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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2010-02-05 16:50]

Hi Danilo,

This looks so surreal. The high POV is a contributing factor, but this looks almost like an artist's rendering of the landscape. As far as the tech aspects, this looks perfect. Nice job with your pp work!.

The snow's starting to accumulate!

Best regards,

Hello Danilo ,
Superb POV,great DOF,amazing scenic capture,wonderful colors and details,stunning sharpness with beautiful light and shades,fantastic natural pattern,well done.

Hello Danilo,

Without knowing your skill, I would not have opened this thumbnail, as it appeared relatively uninteresting. What a difference full size!!
The subject is interesting and the scene has been composed like a section of a flower, with the quarter circle b/r corner being the centre; the terraces radiate out like petals.
Excellent sharpness and fine saturation.

Have a good day,
Bev :-)

Hi Danilo,

Another beautiful work demonstrating your skills in shooting scenes with an exceptional symmetry, my friend! Not everybody does this job with that precision but you always excel when it comes to this kind of shots.

Great colors with perfect clarity, capture with nice sharpess and from a very well chosen POV, make this work so interesting and eye-catching indeed. Great work.

Have a nice weekeend!
best regards,

I really like it, Danilo :o)
Excellent POV and wonderful colors.
Great pp work and lovely details.
Congratulations, master!


Hello Danilo,

Great POV, wonderful green tones, perfect lighting, contrast and sharpness!
Congratulations and TFS

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2010-02-06 6:39]


quelle iamge, une merveille ces terrasses sont fantasitque avec le mure, le dessin qu'elle font, le graphisme avec ces tons verts, les toits rouges de maison, fantastique iamge, une merveille.

Bravo et amitié


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  • psyce Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 265 W: 25 N: 207] (2856)
  • [2010-02-06 7:51]

galing Dan... a place that I wanted to go to... galing! love the birds eye view of the place! the lines of the terraces! I need to plan a trip! your pp is just enough to show the beauty of the place... well done and Ingats

Hi Danilo,
What a great perpective and point of view!!
great colors and light,
Excellent graphic and details,
very well done.

Ciao Danilo, great aerial view on a lovely village, fantastic colors, excellent graphism, superb composition, very well done, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2010-02-07 3:16]

Hi Danilo,
amazing view..I liked colours and repetetions in this shot.Perfect work.TFS.Necla.

AMAZING! Danilo.
Excellent POV. Great lighting and colors.
I saw many rice-field photos before but this one is the best. The scenery is lovely.

Hi Danilo.
Wonderful image.
This village between rice fields look great.
Congratulations and best regards.Alin.

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  • JT50 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 273 W: 6 N: 320] (1524)
  • [2010-02-07 7:29]

Hi Danillo,
This is absolutely marvelous. The terraced fields offer superb
natural graphism. Different colour tones make the image extraordinary.
Thanks to your POV which has captured such a vast area revealing the
magnificent beauty of this fields.
Enjoy your day.

Waw....Danillo...this is real?
What a great capture!!
Details, colors, light, all are fantastic!
Congratulation for this beauty!

Hi, Danilo. This is an awesome POV for the terraced rice fields. Lovely panoramic view of the scene and I wonder about the people living in those homes. They have plenty of rice but if there is overflooding they might be swept away. Great clarity , colors and perspective of this awesome shot and place. Thanks Danilo for the nice note.

Hola Danilo
Bellisima imagen que parece sacada de un belen en miniatura, fantastico colorido y luz de este pueblecito tan exotico y rodeado de naturaleza , gracias por compartir
Buen trabajo
un saludo

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2010-02-12 7:57]

Beautiful pov on that shot! I love the way the terrasses are winding, you captured it very well. Good details and colors. well done!


Hello dear Danilo!

WOW! lovely shot of this wonderful place with beautiful view from this high POV. The rice fields are looking great the way they have arranged on foothills. Nice and vivid colors with great details and focus.

TFS, indeed beautiful shot!

Best Regards,
Best Regards,

Bonjour Danilo
Very beautiful and impressive terraces.Perfect pov and nice colours.I like very much this kind of landscape and this one particularly
Best regards

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  • Wason (316)
  • [2010-03-13 19:42]

Hi Danilo,
Nice shot, the terraced field is more vivid and colourful with the red roof's houses compared with which we see in mainland China.

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