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Challenge: Sky (Expert Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye
Location: Kleifarvatn - Iceland
Date: Dec 14, 2006
Aperture: 2,8
ISO: 500
Shutter: 67sec
Galleries: Sky, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Dec 14, 2006

Taken with my x-mas present from my father, the Fisheye 15mm lens (I know, it is not Christmas yet :o).. Was going for the northern lights but got so much more... I absolutely love this picture..


Raw to jpg...pp was minimal - some color desaturation and a little dodging on the snow.

After voting..
Jibbí... My first ribbon, what a great way to start X-mas :o) I am SO happy..
Thanks all of you who like my image and thanks for all the nice comments.

I went on this same location, Kleifarvatn with some of my team mates from ICE&US the night before I took this shot to shoot the norhtern lights and wanted to try the fishey so I drove there again this cold dark night. It actually was so dark in the beginning that I had to keep the car lights on to see - but after a few minutes the sky lit up and I turned off the car lights... It is sooo beautiful to stand in the cold, far away from "everything" and enjoy the beauty of the nature AND the silence.

I personally like the "bent" horizon because it is the effect of the lens :o) Thanks again all of you - have a great Christmas.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 123
Avg (all users): 7.6214
Avg (commenters): 8.8571
Avg (participants): 6.9420
Avg (non-participants): 7.8436
Views since voting: 14104
Views during voting: 764
Votes: 280
Comments: 82
Favorites: 48 (view)


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03/08/2007 11:19:16 PM
When can I buy a print :-)
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12/28/2006 10:17:42 AM
Critique Club.

Composition - What can you really say about a photograph that is a ribbon winner obviously it has all the technical know how. The one major thing I can say about this photograph is I am not sure if it needs to be leveled as far as the horizon line. I did see your comment about the bent horizon line caused by the lens. I do however think keeping the bent equal on both sides would have appealed to me. Give me a break I dont know how to critique a ribbon winner.

Technical - You managed to capture what you saw and the colors and the landscape all look spot on. I can't image even trying to capture a good image is pitch darkness or what minimal light there may have been.

Post Processing - I cant image that with a landscape there is much in the need of post processing. Night time shots generally I've noticed need to have dodging done since alot of the highlights tend to show as yellow.

Overall - This is a wonderful photograph and congratulations on your Yellow Ribbon. Keep up the good work.

Hiral Patel
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12/27/2006 11:27:00 AM
Glæsileg mynd og til hamingju með borðan.
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12/27/2006 02:53:43 AM
Woof, I have forgotten to comment on these! This is very striking. Congrats on the ribbon and your personal best!

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12/25/2006 03:16:29 PM
You guys definitely have the best scenes on earth I think. This is incredible.
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12/25/2006 06:25:24 AM
Glæsileg mynd!! Til hamingju!!
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12/24/2006 03:51:12 AM
this is a great exposure and has nice colors, but the composition to me looks pretty unsettling, like you just used the fisheye on the tripod to suck as much of the scene into the lens as possible, without much thought on the placement. I really can't tell what it's about.
12/23/2006 03:47:01 PM
the only issue here is the Photo is 720 pixels wide... max is 640 but i dont think anyone minded 720x480 happens to be NTSC TV Max Res
12/22/2006 10:20:32 PM
The far blue sky to the left middle, brings the reality to the shot and makes it more real, great job!
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12/22/2006 09:58:27 PM
Til hamingju Ragga, frábært hjá þér! Þessi linsa er gersemi!
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12/22/2006 07:02:52 PM
Til hamingju með þetta. Frábært! Hvað er þetta með Íslendingana eiginlega? Stefni að því að læra af ykkur Lárusi á næsta ári :)
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12/22/2006 05:03:03 PM
Originally posted by bood:

Lang flottust Ragga mín,virkilega falleg mynd og til hamingju með borðann go girl

Yeah!
and well done this is one beautiful otherworldly landscape
david


LOL... your icelandic is brilliant David :o)
12/22/2006 04:10:13 PM
Lang flottust Ragga mín,virkilega falleg mynd og til hamingju með borðann go girl

Yeah!
and well done this is one beautiful otherworldly landscape
david
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12/22/2006 12:16:40 PM
Congratulations on your ribbon and also your best score so far :)
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12/22/2006 10:20:05 AM
Glad to see your landscape, learning, and eye for art was appreciated by all. Happy Holidays!
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12/22/2006 09:57:59 AM
Til hamingju með borðan Ragga! Nú verður þú bara að halda áfram að safna borðum.
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12/22/2006 09:14:00 AM
Outstanding, congratulations on winning the yellow ribbon!
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12/22/2006 09:03:27 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon with this awesome shot! Just beautiful!!
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12/22/2006 07:57:09 AM
Lang flottust Ragga mín,virkilega falleg mynd og til hamingju með borðann go girl
þín T
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12/22/2006 07:44:38 AM
Ragga!!! Mega Congratulations!!!! This photo just blows me away!! When I saw your other Northern Lights in your portfolio I couldn't believe you were posting it and not saving it for a challenge -- but now I see you had even a BETTER one waiting for a ribbon! 7.6!!

I am so glad this ribboned. It was one of my favorites here. And what an honor to win a ribbon in a challenge like THIS! Wow!

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12/22/2006 07:16:14 AM
Frábær mynd Ragnheiður til hamingju.
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12/22/2006 07:14:44 AM
First ribbon as a X-mas gift! Not bad.. having also a new fish-eye lense. Wonderful photo and well deserved. Gleðileg jól, Ragga!
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12/22/2006 07:12:44 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon. I really liked this entry. I hope Santa Claus is as nice to me and brings me a fisheye and a ribbon!
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12/22/2006 06:40:46 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon, well deserved what a fantastic photo.
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12/22/2006 05:14:49 AM
Congratulations! Huge PB and a ribbon to boot. Beautiful!! Merry Christmas!
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12/22/2006 05:07:40 AM
voted an 8..congrats!
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12/22/2006 03:52:09 AM
Beautiful image! Congratulations on your first ribbon Ragnheidur.
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12/22/2006 03:46:58 AM
Haha, looks like we were out shooting the same subject, just me a couple of dozen km to the left of this photo :) Congrats, both on the ribbon and a new personal best!
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12/22/2006 03:31:45 AM
Fisheye bliss :)
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12/22/2006 02:49:47 AM
The colors in this are amazing. congrats on your first ribbon too!
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12/22/2006 02:35:20 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon, personal best and .... wow! I also gave this picture a 10, it is simply stunning.

Please please please, let the company ask me to go to HQ in Iceland some day :-) I have never been there ...

I MUST go and see this for myself some day, the Northern Light in Anchorage that I have seen so far is not like this. (Too close to the city?) Or is it because of long exposure times, that you get these relative bright shots?

Anyway, well deserved, finally a ribbon for you :-)
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12/22/2006 02:08:49 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon with this beautiful shot.
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12/22/2006 01:42:34 AM
Fantastic shot in its own right. Congrats on your ribbon! Your first!

Message edited by author 2006-12-22 01:43:26.
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12/22/2006 01:33:32 AM
Congratulations Ragga! Well deserved ribbon with such a beautiful shot. Æðisleg mynd og gaman að sjá þig á toppnum stelpa!
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12/22/2006 01:23:06 AM
Ragga, wow! Look at this score! You're awesome. I'm so proud to have been on the same team as you. Way to go, Ice!
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12/22/2006 01:02:14 AM
Congrats on the yellow, absolutely beautiful...
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12/22/2006 12:42:41 AM
CONGRATULATIONS! This is such a wonderful shot - no wonder it brought you your first ribbon, your first 7, actually your first 7,5. I love the colours, the lights, the composition - I love everything about it.
Fantastic job - the whole Team ICE & US is so proud of you!
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12/22/2006 12:39:01 AM
I love this image too, Ragnheiður. It's truly beautiful. Huge congrats on your yellow.
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12/22/2006 12:35:18 AM
Congratulations, this is awesome.
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12/22/2006 12:31:07 AM
Congratulation Ragnheiður on your first ribbon in a tough challenge. Looking forward to more of your work.
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12/22/2006 12:29:37 AM
The colortones of this one is just awesome and congratulations on your yellow ribbon..... I see this is your first ribbon, and I am sure it wont be your last..... Well done.....
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12/22/2006 12:17:36 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon and personal best. :) I was one of your 10s.
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12/22/2006 12:11:52 AM
I love the lens distortion here! Congratulations!
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12/22/2006 12:08:43 AM
Congrats. Iceland = Heaven. Fitting title.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/21/2006 09:46:26 PM
awesome....damn Iceland photograhers :-) 10!
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12/21/2006 08:35:50 PM
Nicely done :)
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12/21/2006 07:08:25 PM
Mmmm... I hope heaven is green. It's my favorite color. Did you know that green is the color that is easiest on the human eye? Doctors in some hospitals changed their surgical scrubs to green for that reason. I think God created plants green and our eyes to love green all in the same moment so that the world could be more beautiful for us.
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12/21/2006 07:07:54 PM
Nice editing and image creation. One of my favorites in this challenge.
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12/21/2006 01:55:52 PM
great colors. should have taken care to straighten the horizon, though. probably the 20th person to tell you that, I guess.
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12/21/2006 01:39:26 PM
great colour, horizon on a slight tilt though
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12/20/2006 10:21:42 PM
Great photo, but I see you in the top 10.
Good luck,
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12/19/2006 09:56:55 PM
This is an amazing photo. Snow covered mountains, pristine lake, aurora, must be Iceland!
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12/19/2006 04:18:39 PM
Too cold to be hell, that's for sure. Lovely, elegant picture. 9.
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12/19/2006 03:18:08 PM
wow... this is a perfect 10
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12/19/2006 12:15:59 PM
Can't go wrong with those outstanding northern skies.... Beautiful!!!
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12/18/2006 02:54:54 PM
Oh wow! I'm always in awe of these Northern Light photos but the composition of this makes it one of the best of the best for me! Beautifully done!! 10
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12/18/2006 07:05:08 AM
Great wide angle, so smooth water and delightful colors - this must be in top three at least
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12/18/2006 02:27:30 AM
fantastic concentrated color from aurora. Mountains on far left appear muddy and a fisheye lens works well with this composition I think. Good luck .
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12/18/2006 01:35:22 AM
the pictures just keep getting better and better, this one is going into my favorites, wow. 10
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12/17/2006 07:57:11 PM
Sweet shot, great colors, love the angle and view. Great compostion also. Well done.
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12/17/2006 02:28:58 PM
Surreal and glorious colors! A favorite for sure..
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12/16/2006 07:38:34 PM
Wow. Really nice.
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12/16/2006 07:12:07 PM
Beautiful
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12/16/2006 04:44:20 PM
The water horizon looks curved; I guess it's very wide angle lens which produces that aberration . It might have been cooler if it was even curvier.
I'm guessing this is Larus; definitely an Icelander
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12/16/2006 04:39:39 PM
Gorgeous shot but the curve of the Earth is on a slant. Would've been ten.
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12/16/2006 04:27:18 PM
great to see this and so fun to look at-fantastic work.
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12/16/2006 03:20:12 PM
that's amazing!!! 10 adding to faves!
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12/16/2006 03:02:54 PM
Beautiful. Love the turquoise shades, you don't usually see those.
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12/16/2006 01:56:55 PM
I try not to put more than one 10 in a challenge... Looks like I will have to add another one here! AMAZING!
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12/16/2006 05:07:16 AM
Cool image. Very surreal. Reminds me of the 'artist's rendition' paintings of landscapes from distant planets.
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12/15/2006 06:48:40 PM
What can I say except incredibly gorgeous! 10
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12/15/2006 06:08:07 PM
wow...stunning and breathtaking...love the wide angle...10 from me
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12/15/2006 05:23:43 PM
larus?? great job whoever you are! 9
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12/15/2006 04:34:41 PM
Well done, color is great
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12/15/2006 01:00:15 PM
I'm envious (yet again)! Lovely capture!
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12/15/2006 11:36:41 AM
I love the superwide angle feel of this. Great colors and neat use of long exposure. Got to get to Iceland one of these days...
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12/15/2006 09:36:56 AM
Wow, just wow.
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12/15/2006 09:32:53 AM
Very cool. Wish the horizon line was staright, though
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12/15/2006 02:26:42 AM
Wooooow! I want to go to Iceland!
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12/15/2006 01:48:48 AM
Extraterrestrial!
Sunset on Venus.
7
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12/15/2006 01:01:45 AM
Awesome sky, awesome image, awesome result I hope.....
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12/15/2006 12:34:13 AM
Wow isn't really the right word, but I'm speechless!!!
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