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The Gateway to Iceland
1st PlaceThe Gateway to Iceland
skarpi_xxx


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Challenge: Free Study 2011-12 (Advanced Editing VII)
Location: Iceland
Date: Dec 12, 2011
Aperture: f/10
ISO: 100
Shutter: 5 sec
Galleries: Landscape, Self Portrait
Date Uploaded: Dec 20, 2011

An Ice cave in Vatnaj÷kull ice cap, southern Iceland. Vatnaj÷kull is the largest ice cap in Europe, around 3,100 km│ constanly changing it's formation and shape due to melting of the glaciers. This time I teamed up with the experienced mountaineer and talented photographer Írvar Atli for an adventures winter tour to the southern part of Iceland for a couple of days, searching the glaciers for ice caves and sculptures along with the standard aurora and landscape hunting. It┤s pretty hard to photograph the real depth of the ice inside the caves, but looking into the walls is like an endless 3d depth of blue ice. There was also plenty of ash inside this cave, from the recent erupting volcano in GrÝmsv÷tn may 2010. The guy at the Gateway happens to be me.

At last, some "safety share"
I'll not recomment anyone to hike into the glaciers without local guiding. We have a recent tragic accident where a photographer died while exploring the glaciers in Iceland.

Cheers, Skarpi




Statistics
Place: 1 out of 246
Avg (all users): 7.2292
Avg (commenters): 8.3846
Avg (participants): 7.1386
Avg (non-participants): 7.4419
Views since voting: 4041
Views during voting: 279
Votes: 144
Comments: 39
Favorites: 16 (view)


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01/12/2012 06:00:22 AM
Wow, that really is stunning!
01/10/2012 09:20:46 AM
Til hamingju með borðann, glæsileg mynd !
01/09/2012 08:37:45 AM
Just a perfect ice-cave shot! Blue ice is just so magnificent, good to see some on the front page :)

Im also very happy to see you made a note of the savety and that people should not venture on to glaciers with out a guide!
01/09/2012 04:56:29 AM
Thanks for sharing this!!! Congrats. Absolutely beautiful
01/08/2012 10:17:13 PM
Magic photo. Congrats on your blue ribbon.
01/08/2012 04:17:14 PM
Til hamingju með vinninginn. Þetta er stórglæsileg mynd hjá þér :-)
01/08/2012 01:12:26 PM
Wow, what a wonderful shot! Congratulations on your blue ribbon! I really hope to visit Iceland someday and it's mostly because of the amazing photos that I see you produce. Wow!
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01/08/2012 12:55:56 PM
Til hamingju með stórglæsilega mynd. Eflaust mögnuð upplifun!
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01/08/2012 11:35:32 AM
Very nice, Skarpi. Totally alien atmosphere. Congrats on blue!
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01/08/2012 10:24:14 AM
Congratulations master Skarpi.
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01/08/2012 09:52:51 AM
Wow! What a payoff for what sounds like an excellent adventure! Your photography is amazing and does such a fantastic job of showing the artistry of Iceland. Congratulations!

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01/08/2012 08:32:07 AM
Truly the shot is akin to a portal to another world. A world many of us don't get to see in real life. You captured the glacier beautifully - The inclusion of the person in the shot gives a sense of scale and also plays into the imagery of a portal that one travels to another place. Congrats on your blue - your shot could easily be featured in National Geographic.
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01/08/2012 07:05:02 AM
Thanks for all your comments and kind words about my work. I just added more detail text on the image.
I'm proud to be able to represent my country in a photograph.
01/08/2012 06:01:26 AM
Congrats on the ribbon,nice shot.
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01/08/2012 04:23:03 AM
Well deserved!
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01/08/2012 03:19:06 AM
Iceland, such an amazing place! I must say that I love your photos and this one is truly unique - congrats!
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01/08/2012 03:09:47 AM
Congratulations on the blue. What a fantastic photo, and fabulous location. I'm sure that wasn't an easy place to negotiate with camera gear.
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01/08/2012 01:19:07 AM
Truly unique. Congrats on the blue
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01/08/2012 01:04:33 AM
WD. Superb image and effort to find and photograph this location. Now where have I seen this shot before?
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01/08/2012 12:52:20 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon - great image!
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01/08/2012 12:43:47 AM
A beutiful image, I knew it would be at the top when I saw it. congrats on the great finish and a blue to match the color of the ice!
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01/08/2012 12:13:51 AM
kinda makes me want to touch it....congratz on your ribbon!!
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01/08/2012 12:06:25 AM
I'm am so glad this got you a Blue and a camera strap. The last one!

Way to go! Lovely!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/07/2012 11:03:26 PM
great abstract spiraling composition.
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01/07/2012 05:27:47 PM
Wonderful! 10
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01/07/2012 11:53:50 AM
Wild, awesome, top 3
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01/06/2012 08:05:57 PM
What a maelstrom! I see eyes, faces -- even birds. Beautiful.
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01/04/2012 01:38:04 AM
Great shot! well composed!
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01/03/2012 05:29:48 PM
what an absolutely amazing image, great composition and the person shows the immense scale, I'm sure I've seen this somewhere else (1x?), I suspect I'm looking at a ribbon image here, good luck
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01/02/2012 06:10:06 PM
Love the way this invites the viewer to come along and explore. Good stuff.
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01/02/2012 05:08:08 PM
I suspect this might take the blue.... There's no doubting its quality. Wonderfully constructed image.
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01/02/2012 12:59:35 AM
wow! wow! Wow!!! a winner for sure 9
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01/01/2012 11:50:46 PM
Wow, most likely the winner for sure. 10
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01/01/2012 11:32:35 PM
The third time I looked at this image, I gave you a 10, rather than a 9. I simply can't have only one 10 when this image exists.
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01/01/2012 08:40:01 PM
Wow! So cool. Looks like it's straight out of a science fiction movie.
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01/01/2012 06:03:10 PM
surreal - i can see faces and eyes looking out at us
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01/01/2012 01:27:42 PM
Wow!!! We need to start handicapping Icelandic photographers. Quite an extraordinary location. This should do quite well for you
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01/01/2012 01:25:32 PM
Yep. This is stunningly wonderful. I'm sure it will do well for you.

Lovely!
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01/01/2012 01:04:44 AM
Love all the blue! Looks a bit on the chilly side. Nicely composed!
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