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At peace
At peace
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Hidden Gem: Break Time (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon Powershot G11
Location: Seljavallalaug, Iceland
Date: Jan 31, 2010
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Water, Maternity
Date Uploaded: May 11, 2010

Could have posted another aurora borealis nightscape shot that would probably score much better than this but I personally like this shot better, itīs one of my favorite so far this year and something different than what I usually do.

This is Jana, who is about 6-7 months pregnant at the time we shot this. We went out to Seljavallaug to take some maternity shots, mainly above water with my regular camera but since I recently aquired a Canon G11 with a waterproof casing I had to try it out. This was the first time I shot with it besides taking shots of my kids having fun swimming. I thought posing in a fetal position was fitting since she is pregnant. I thought about removing the reflection and actually tried it but the shot just looks so much more uninteresting that way.

The swimming pool is filled with natural water and growth so it is very murky as you can see, wich I like, I think the floating dirt/algae adds to the atmosphere of this picture but I am sure Iīll get a few comments regarding that. I pretty much shot it blind since I usually have to use glasses on a day to day basis, I couldnīt see a thing underwater, the next time I made sure I had swim goggles.

Ambient light only.

Well this certainly did HEAPS better than I thought, I guessed I would be lucky to barely score a six so I was pleasantly surprised. Not that I think the shot doesnīt deserve it, I love it, just that I think itīs a shot you need more than two seconds to take in, wich is probably what I spend on average viewing images here at DPC when I vote myself.

Thx for the score but mostly the comments and favorites!

Statistics
Place: 18 out of 521
Avg (all users): 6.6108
Avg (commenters): 8.1667
Avg (participants): 6.6154
Avg (non-participants): 6.6000
Views since voting: 3757
Views during voting: 344
Votes: 167
Comments: 30
Favorites: 31 (view)


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06/20/2010 09:53:18 PM
This is absolutely incredible! I am about to take up some underwater photography with a really old underwater film camera I have. This is so inspiring!
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05/23/2010 10:45:30 PM
Wow. I had to stop and think about this one for awhile. Isn't that the definition of art?
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05/21/2010 10:51:49 AM
Very interresting and fantastic shot!
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05/19/2010 12:13:34 PM
Absolutely fantastic shot !!!
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05/19/2010 11:36:01 AM
it's the dirt that took it over the top for me. There's hope for you yet.
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05/19/2010 11:36:01 AM
DPC surprises me when pictures like these don't get the position they deserve! This is the second shot in the challenge that should have been much higher!
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05/19/2010 09:37:20 AM
Why in the world would this not ribbon? Must be the algae :)
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05/19/2010 09:01:30 AM
Ótrúlega töff mynd og ljómandi góður árangur að vera á topp 18...tala nú ekki um í rúmlega 500 mynda keppni:-)
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05/19/2010 08:53:01 AM
This was one of my few 9s. 6.6x is hardly bad, but I do think it should have scored higher than 18th. You're right, it does take more than two seconds to really appreciate this picture, but it doesn't take long at all just to notice that it's something very different.
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05/19/2010 08:26:39 AM
I'm actually surprised this didn't do better. Poignant, beautiful, refreshing, and obviously a huge effort.
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05/19/2010 08:23:43 AM
Fabulous shot
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05/19/2010 04:14:34 AM
I still think this is the best of the bunch. It is so moving and mysterious. I just want to stare at it for hours.
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05/19/2010 04:00:14 AM
This was one of the 10s I gave - I absolutely fell in love with it on first viewing, and it continues to grow on me! Thank you for posting the notes - it seems so appropriate that the girl is pregnant, even though you can't tell from the photo.
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05/19/2010 03:30:11 AM
Absolutely SUBLIME!
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05/19/2010 01:21:54 AM
This is brilliant!
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05/19/2010 12:36:41 AM
great!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/18/2010 08:11:19 PM
Wow, what a beautiful, surreal and serene image.
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05/18/2010 06:17:36 PM
I'm putting this in the Posthumous Fantasy Art Gallery
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05/18/2010 01:43:00 PM
Outstanding!! 10
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05/18/2010 06:42:18 AM
I really like that you can't see any part of the pool, it really makes the shot for me :) and I was wondering whether I would recognise your entry... Áfram Ísland!
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05/16/2010 10:53:03 PM
Very nice.
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05/15/2010 05:44:10 AM
Nice! I'd personally prefer it without the reflection at the top, though.
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05/14/2010 11:42:46 AM
This is so magical!
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05/14/2010 05:59:39 AM
I like finding the hidden gems in this challenge. Congrats
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05/13/2010 09:33:40 AM
Kind of creepy.
05/13/2010 09:06:33 AM
Wonderful idea and excecution
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05/12/2010 04:40:01 PM
Moody, emotive picture that tells a story. Well done!
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05/12/2010 01:39:51 PM
Straight to fave. An amazing capture.

Back to gaze at this incredible image. My personal pick for the blue.
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05/12/2010 08:42:53 AM
I'm half way through voting and this is the only shot so far I would put on my wall. Well done 10!
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05/12/2010 02:59:26 AM
really nice shot. I like how the colour of the water and the reflection you have do. Not 100% certain about the pose reflecting at peace, the muted colours help the message, but she looks tense as she is grabbing her knees.
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