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Nemocón´s salt mine

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Mercurio, Apr 4, 2015.

  1. Mercurio

    Mercurio Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jul 17, 2012
    Bogotá, Colombia
    Mauricio
    Last Good Friday I had the opportunity to visit Nemocón, a very small town nearby Bogotá, whose main attraction is an old salt mine, open to visitors. It was a fascinating photographic challenge for handheld high ISO images, water reflections and very odd lighting. I want to share some of the mine interior images:

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    All images were taken with an Olympus E-M5 and an Oly 12-40 f/2.8 at ISO 6400
     
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  2. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

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    Northumberland
    Certainly strange stuff there, love the lampposts.
     
  3. rbelyell

    rbelyell Mu-43 Veteran

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    really interesting series. can you post more?
     
  4. Mercurio

    Mercurio Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jul 17, 2012
    Bogotá, Colombia
    Mauricio
    Thank you for your kind request, I post some more images:

    Entrance to the mine:
    It was a chilly and rainy morning, before buying tickets and getting underground...

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    Some more images inside the mine:

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  5. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Very interesting place
     
  6. rbelyell

    rbelyell Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mountains of NY
    thank you. very very cool. plus i think you did a nice job framing/capturing such a unique environment.
     
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  7. Mercurio

    Mercurio Mu-43 Veteran

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  8. coffeecat

    coffeecat Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Rob
    I really like your images - thanks for sharing.

    Rob
     
  9. CiaranCReilly

    CiaranCReilly Mu-43 Veteran

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    Oct 18, 2012
    Dublin
    Ciaran Reilly
    Interesting shots - took me a while to figure out that what looked like double height rooms were actually reflections in VERY still water!

    I guess the Fenix capsule in the 5th from last photo is a replica? Nice touch having it on show.
     
  10. Mercurio

    Mercurio Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jul 17, 2012
    Bogotá, Colombia
    Mauricio
    Thank you for your comment. As you figured out, because of it´s density, brackish water mirrors are very still, creating a surreal atmosphere. Even though you touch the water with a stick, it returns to calm very rapidly.

    On the other hand, Nemocón´s mine was used as a location for the filming of the Antonio Banderas´movie The 33, that recreated the Chilean miners drama trapped in San José mine in Chile's Atacama desert. After filming, the Fenix 2 salvation capsule replica was left on site as an homage to the 33 Chilean miners that were saved with it.

    I will like to add that the crystal sculpted in the shape of Hearth (third photo bottom-up) is the world's largest salt crystal found until today.
     
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  11. TassieFig

    TassieFig Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    :doh: I thought it was a bit odd to have lamp posts hanging up-side down from those balcony like structures but, yeah, ok...:rolleyes: :blush:
     
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  12. Wendell

    Wendell New to Mu-43

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    Wendell Wilson
    We would like permission to publish one of your photos of the Nemocon mine. Please contact me at minrecord-at-comcast.net.
    Wendell Wilson
    Mineralogical Record