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Challenge: Postcard II (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM
Location: Bláfjöll, Iceland
Date: Nov 15, 2006
Aperture: 2.0
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 30 sec
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Nov 19, 2006

Went on a roadtrip after midnight with my buddy Indriði (21.gif indridistefans on DPC) this last tuesday (well technically wednesday since it was after midnight) and we took a couple of shots, he is probably going to enter this challenge with something similar. The temperature was about -10 celcius so it was freezing but it was very refreshing standing out in the cold for an hour or so under those stars, at least we didnīt fall asleep during the ride home. Taken at 01:18 am.

Anyway, love the 5D and iso 1600, combined with a large aperture lens. Too bad the 28mm is a bit soft in the corners so wide open but nothing that I feel is hurting this image. Hope to buy the 24mm 1.4L one day to be able to have an even bigger aperture and hopefully a little better image quality too...

Post processing was somewhat but really nothing that wouldnīt be legal in basic editing except I did a seperate curves adjustment on the ground and the sky. Vignetting is not added this time in post processing as I am doing normally but itīs a side effect from the big aperture and the wide lens, I kindof liked it here and didnīt correct it this time.

I was contemplating having this shot as only 600x400 and adding a white frame and writing the title of the image there as a postcard would say but I felt the image lost a little punch with the reduced size so I opted not to do that, hope nobody will hold that against me :)

The orange light in the left side of the frame is ambient light coming from Reykjavik.

Wow! Canīt believe I got an 8+, though that would be next to impossible. Donīt care that I didnīt win as I never expeced that in the first place, who can possibly complain about a 8+ and a new personal best score, I never thought this image would do this well anway but glad it did :)

Itīs one of my personal favorites and itīs going to go up on our wall printed out on canvas possibly as big as 90x60cm. Thanx!

Later entered a photo taken right after this one in the Free Study XV, here it is so people can see how they match.


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01/07/2016 04:53:33 AM
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01/07/2016 04:48:20 AM
a white frame and writing a couple of shots, the title of the image there as a later entered a photo postcard would say but I felt the image lost like [url=www.mudanzavalencia.com.es]mudanzas valencia[/url]
12/08/2006 06:27:45 AM
Til hamingju Lárus með að ná mynd yfir átta. Glæsilegt!
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12/03/2006 11:34:35 PM
Lovely, tender and then with that exotic feel. Congratulations on your RED.
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12/03/2006 03:32:03 PM
Congratulations, larus, on yet another fantastically beautiful entry!
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12/03/2006 01:50:06 PM
Gorgeous! And thanks for the added detail about the photo.
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12/03/2006 09:53:54 AM
Til hamingju með árangurinn! Gaman að fylgjast með þér rúlla upp hverri keppninni á fætur annari

Frændi í Borgarnesi
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12/02/2006 11:10:02 PM
Incredible... i need to get up there!!!
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12/02/2006 05:48:03 PM
absolutely stunning Larus, WOW!!
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12/02/2006 11:53:14 AM
Magnificent shot Lárus, congrats!
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12/01/2006 08:01:15 PM
Frrrábær mynd Lárus. Congrats on your 8+... this picture is amazing in all aspects.
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11/30/2006 03:39:02 PM
To all of us that have wondered at one point or another what the wow-factor is. See the picture above "WOW-Factor" from left to right - top to bottom. GREAT SHOT!

Message edited by author 2006-11-30 15:40:16.
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11/30/2006 02:37:06 PM
Getting to the point that saying congrats is getting repiticious Larus *grin*
Congrats on this magnificent shot - you make it look too easy.
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11/30/2006 02:33:52 PM
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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11/30/2006 01:39:16 PM
this literally moves me to tears -- stunning. I've never seen anything like it.
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11/29/2006 06:31:22 PM
like you need more comments lol, but I'll add anyways. This is beautiful.

My almost 6yo daughter saw it and asked if Santa's house was behind that mountain on the left side where it's all lit up. I told her yes. SO now you need to get a picture of Santa's workshop. jk

This is breathtaking!
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11/29/2006 12:57:04 AM
this is definatly the best shot ive ever seen...pound for pound.
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11/28/2006 11:14:59 PM
Beautiful shot. I think the soft corners, if anything, added to the shot. Congrats Larus.
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11/28/2006 09:25:34 PM
great photo
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11/28/2006 09:36:45 AM
Wow...this is an amazing shot! Beautiful colors! Congrats.
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11/28/2006 08:07:44 AM
You have captured a very beautiful North Pole. Congrats.
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11/28/2006 04:45:46 AM
Fantastic picture of a fantastic view. Congratulations.
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11/27/2006 10:15:44 PM
Just incredible shot!!! A well deserved ribbon. How you got 2nd with an 8 is beyond me... But congratulations again...Beautiful shot....
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11/27/2006 10:04:31 PM
Many of us will never get to see something like this. It must have been breathtaking in person. Thanks for bringing this to us. It belongs in photo history!

Message edited by author 2006-12-16 23:28:28.
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11/27/2006 08:51:51 PM
beautiful shot. Congrats!
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11/27/2006 07:51:27 PM
A very stunning scene, congrats on winning the red ribbon.
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11/27/2006 03:53:55 PM
Everytime I take a night shot for a challenge you leave me a comment on how this is good but up here in Iceland you need to bring something more to the photo because you are used to seeing Northern Lights and then you give me a 6, LOL. Now I see exactly what it means to take a night shot!!!! Congrats on the 8!

Message edited by author 2006-11-30 04:52:51.
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11/27/2006 02:38:39 PM
Great job on the win Larus, very well deserved! Lucky those stars didn't move much :D Keep up the great work !
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11/27/2006 01:15:38 PM
Incredible image! Are you going to make this one available for print for the rest of us??? :) Congrats on second place and your well deserved score :)
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11/27/2006 12:41:41 PM
What a stunning image - truly beautiful. Congratulations on a very well deserved 2nd place.
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11/27/2006 12:29:44 PM
Great shot Larus. Figured the lack of text might knock you down a smidge but still an 8+. Looking forward to receiving this card.
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11/27/2006 09:51:44 AM
You should submit to APOD (Astronomy Picture of the Day)
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11/27/2006 09:45:04 AM
A Beautiful Image!!! Congrats!!
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11/27/2006 08:48:06 AM
A magical image, Larus!
:-O
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11/27/2006 08:09:46 AM
Congrats Lárus for your membership at the elite 8+ club. The photo is unbelievable. TÆR SNILLD, as we Icelanders say it.
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11/27/2006 07:34:19 AM
Congratulations now I see that I need a 5D
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11/27/2006 07:26:21 AM
Til hamingju Lárus glæsileg mynd!!
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11/27/2006 07:22:31 AM
Wow, another 8.0 score! Who could ever imagine an 8.0 score and not winning blue. What an incredible challenge! This is spectacular! CONGRATULATIONS!
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11/27/2006 07:08:41 AM
Ertu að grínast með þessa mynd??!!! Þvílík snilld! Til hamingju annars með 8+, magnað kvikindi.
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11/27/2006 07:03:33 AM
This will stay there forever. :)) Congrats!
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11/27/2006 06:40:03 AM
Larus
Man that was close
I have been sitting here following my score as it dropped all week knowing that there were some really really great great photos in this challenge and I had yours and Alex's photos picked as being ahead of mine (with a few others)so I was not surprised to see another 8 in the challenge
congrats on the top score for your camera
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11/27/2006 06:33:45 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon with this simply stunning image!
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11/27/2006 05:48:02 AM
8+ club now huh? .... we never gonna see you again now you joined that elite club..

PB not bad mate, to be honest this shot is WOW!!! & WEEEEEEE! & YOOOOO!

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11/27/2006 05:21:01 AM
Ertu fatlaður??? Þetta á ekki að vera hægt. Vá.

Tilhamingju. Þessi mynd á þetta skilið. Það er líka kúl að lenda í 2. sæti með 8+.

Congrats!
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11/27/2006 04:48:50 AM
Wow. Congrats on your 8+ score Larus and your PB.
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11/27/2006 03:13:34 AM
Mr Larus my friend, congratulations on a breathtaking photo, an 8, and the new 5D top score crown.
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11/27/2006 02:59:32 AM
Congrats to your red, a new PB and and a whopping 8+ score!
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11/27/2006 02:11:24 AM
An 8 but no blue - my god things are getting tough round here ;-)
Top spot for the 5D too - I don't even figure on the front page with my tiny 7.5's - heheh

Congrats on the red thugh.

Message edited by author 2006-11-27 03:16:51.
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11/27/2006 01:50:41 AM
This is another favorite of mine, and love, love, love this one Larus. You have really captured a magical scene here, and brought so much joy to so many, with this truely wonderful image.

"C.O.N.G.R.A.T.U.L.A.T.I.O.N.S."
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11/27/2006 01:28:11 AM
Only one thing wrong with this image, the North Pole is in Canada. ;oP

Excellent capture!
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11/27/2006 12:59:45 AM
WOW, WOW is all the words I can get out of my fingers - Not a bad snap shot at all :-))
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11/27/2006 12:47:37 AM
awesome... congrats.
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11/27/2006 12:34:47 AM
Til hamingju Lárus - kominn í 8-hópinn :)

Congratulations on yet another ribbon, well done.
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11/27/2006 12:30:45 AM
Congratulations Lárus! The first 8+ way to go. Þetta er alveg brjáluð mynd hjá þér annars, vel gert.
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11/27/2006 12:25:30 AM
Jeez that's stunning. Big congrats on your ribbon and 8 score!
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11/27/2006 12:17:41 AM
An 8+ score... How amazing for you with this one of a kind perfect image. Congratulations.
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11/27/2006 12:14:50 AM
Wow, Larus. I missed it in voting, but this would've been a 10. You must have been thrilled just to see this, much less shoot it. Congrats!
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11/27/2006 12:14:15 AM
breathtaking, congratulations.
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11/27/2006 12:11:31 AM
Congratulations!!! Incredible shot!!!
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11/27/2006 12:11:01 AM
awesome shot! congrats!
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11/27/2006 12:10:20 AM
Congrat on 2nd place .Great Post Card
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11/27/2006 12:07:46 AM
Congrats on your PB!
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11/27/2006 12:06:23 AM
absolutely breathtaking! i soooo want to visit Iceland one day. congrats on such a gorgeous shot and another ribbon. :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/26/2006 11:55:01 PM
Beautiful - I wish I could give it a 12!
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11/26/2006 08:44:09 PM
Wow, that looks like another planet, amazing photo. 10
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11/26/2006 08:25:25 PM
Stunning photograph! Please tell me where this is. I want to move! Very nicely handled, the balance between sky and foreground is perfect. I just wish you had added some text down at the bottome right hand side to give a location. You definately sold people on taking a trip here, but where is here? Congratulations!
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11/26/2006 07:51:16 PM
Awesome!
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11/26/2006 06:54:20 PM
Super super shot. Not super-postcardy of its own right, but super nonetheless.
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11/26/2006 04:19:03 PM
Love the colors and the composition.
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11/26/2006 04:11:12 PM
wow, beautiful bumping to 10.
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11/26/2006 01:55:35 PM
Surely this will ribbon. Probably with a very high score too :)
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11/26/2006 05:02:04 AM
One of the best landscapes i have seen on DPC
I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THIS TAKE A RIBBON.
10
good luck

Kev
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11/25/2006 04:50:00 PM
Wow - the stars and the aurora lights are beautiful. This is not fair!
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11/25/2006 06:31:26 AM
Wow!! The green and the light are stunning, as is everything else, such as leading lines, composition, clarity! I wish I were half this good. Way to go, whoever you are.
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11/25/2006 02:17:10 AM
Hey, you need to clean your lens, just kidding. Awesome shot, should finish high. 10
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11/24/2006 11:18:03 PM
Fantastic sky with stars, road through the snowy mountains. I think that you could have come up with a better title that's not so obviously false, but the image is so good that there's no penalty from me. 10 and hope that it does well.
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11/24/2006 09:46:42 PM
Breathtaking shot
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11/24/2006 03:03:59 PM
Lovely. Though I'm betting it's Iceland and not the North Pole. :-)
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11/24/2006 02:40:10 AM
wow
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11/24/2006 01:18:42 AM
Wow...

That's not fair competition with you guys having such scenary to shoot - it is not even funny! :-). OK, I think you have to get out and endure some little cold too, so all is even.

Terrific image: I wish there was less road there (cropped the bottom an inch more), but what do I know and who really cares? I can lift the eyes just a bit and enjoy the scene.
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11/24/2006 12:55:09 AM
how much manipulation.........? really curious.......wonderful, interesting image! my guess is this will ribbon....nice comp if a little flat........nice work!
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11/23/2006 08:54:34 PM
wow... WOW! If ever an image hit me in the face at first glance, this is it. 10
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11/23/2006 11:42:39 AM
Truly one of the most amazing photos I have ever seen! Amazing colors and scenery, great composition and exposure. 10
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11/23/2006 06:32:43 AM
Absolutely beautiful colors!
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11/23/2006 03:35:15 AM
Stunning and get top vote from me..... "TEN".....
This would be one of the very "BEST" images, that I have ever seen at DPC.....
Just B-R-E-A-T-H-T-A-K-I-N-G.....The very "BEST" in this challenge.....
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11/22/2006 11:34:37 PM
Takes my breath away! Looks like another planet!! If not, it's got to be Iceland. :)

Fantastic image in every way.
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11/22/2006 08:56:26 PM
absolutely awesome!!! adding to faves!!! 10
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11/22/2006 04:31:54 PM
LOL, I know who took this :-)

Nice one mate. definitely a ten from me. Gotta love that 5D eh?
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11/22/2006 01:12:25 PM
Amazing lighting and perspective. Well done. 10
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11/22/2006 12:59:10 PM
Very nice. Great colors, great comp. Not too cliché postcard. One of my top pics. Good luck.
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11/22/2006 11:44:58 AM
This is gorgeous!! It's like a painting. Fantastic color in the sky. What can I say but: wow. The exposure is perfect so that the stars and sky are rendered beautifully but the landscape is exposed great as well.
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11/22/2006 07:23:58 AM
Oh wow, are those stars??? I love those colors in the sky!!
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11/22/2006 07:15:02 AM
Uh...thats really magical and magnificent view.
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11/22/2006 03:42:30 AM
Amazing!!! Are you on Earth???
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11/21/2006 10:01:48 PM
There we go! A really beautiful aurora borealis - amazing work
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11/21/2006 09:53:29 PM
"North Pole" in white text on the bottom right would have made this shot a 10 for me. Talk about wow. :) 9
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11/21/2006 09:26:51 PM
AMAZING colors! Congrats on an incredible image. I'm always a sucker for Northern Lights shots. - 10
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11/21/2006 06:48:57 PM
When I saw this, my breathing literally stopped. This is AMAZING. This must be the picture that someone in the forum mentioned as the best picture they had ever seen on DPC: and boy, were they right. If this, however, is not the aforementioned image, that's ok too, as it is one of the most incredible images I have had the pleasure of seeing. Now I know why I love DPC. It is witnessing a gem like this pop up on the screen unexpectedly. which takes your breath away. Oh, by the way, this is going home with the blue!
Thank you so much for sharing it with us. A visual inspiration indeed! Oh, and this is deserving of nothing LESS than a 10 (in my book).
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11/21/2006 05:39:40 PM
You have my number 1 vote for this contest; my only 10. Certainly the image is better for the sake of having no text. But overall it is a very seasonal view and exquisitely beautiful. In Iceland you certainly have some lovely vistas. But even better, there are some talented photographers to relay them to those of us who are too far away to see them first hand. Well done and season's greetings.
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11/21/2006 03:55:45 PM
superb. this has my vote for a top 10. 9
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11/21/2006 02:48:01 PM
This will be tough to beat. Very nice.
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11/21/2006 02:31:25 PM
Love this - the detail of the stars and the clarity of the foreground is wonderful.
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11/21/2006 01:23:53 PM
Love the photo, would have been nice if you had added some text, maybe your title.
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11/21/2006 10:58:01 AM
THat just draws in the eye. Wowsers - magical. I understand why you chose no type!
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11/21/2006 09:34:55 AM
A simply amazing photograph, incredibly beautiful. If you had gone one step further and done the complete postcard theme this would be a ten from me. Of course, I do understand not wanting to ruin a photo this good. Great job, 9!
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11/21/2006 06:20:54 AM
wow!!!!! 10 10 10 10 10.....
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11/21/2006 05:32:15 AM
I feel like I'm there. Beautiful. A "10" from me.
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11/21/2006 12:21:36 AM
Great shot.
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11/21/2006 12:07:37 AM
wow i like this alot
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11/20/2006 08:04:32 PM
What fantastic color! I love how the road just kind of disappears into the mountains under the lights too...absolutely beautiful
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11/20/2006 07:31:41 PM
a magical shot, great DOF the sky is striking and the whole picture works well together
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11/20/2006 03:31:02 PM
Wooah !!
(no vote)
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11/20/2006 02:42:12 PM
dísös! þvílík fegurð! 10 engin spurning
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11/20/2006 02:22:35 PM
Amazing to see this. WOW oh WOW. Love it. Like another planet. Beautiful.
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11/20/2006 02:03:25 PM
awesome, doesnt look real... i have to go here one day.
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11/20/2006 12:53:34 PM
WOW! If I ever go there, I'll buy that card. This is spectacular.
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11/20/2006 12:10:39 PM
very nice. Is it really the North Pole? 7 for now
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11/20/2006 11:49:11 AM
Spectacular!
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11/20/2006 11:17:05 AM
Wow, what a capture! Would have been better with text
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11/20/2006 09:30:09 AM
Those colours are amazing. What a beautiful place.
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11/20/2006 09:10:43 AM
OMG, hopefully one day I will see that with my own eyes. For now your great postcard will have to do.
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11/20/2006 09:10:12 AM
Stunning. Wish the text were on the "card."
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11/20/2006 08:58:01 AM
fantastic colors!
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11/20/2006 08:10:04 AM
Amazing colours.
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11/20/2006 08:03:26 AM
WOW! Gorgeous image... hopefully I'll make it through 20% so that my 10 on this will count! Nicely done... I'd be interested in which camera was used/time/lack of noise.
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11/20/2006 05:04:02 AM
Of course, that can't be the North Pole, as it is just ice there with no roads.
So a better title would be "Welcome to the Arctic Circle".

Yeah, whatever - this picture is great!
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11/20/2006 04:55:26 AM
has to be a ribbon winner...MUST BE...wish you had some text on this to give it a real postcard feel though...9
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11/20/2006 04:29:28 AM
I am quite lost for words - all I can come up with is WOW!
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11/20/2006 04:23:29 AM
wow
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11/20/2006 02:18:37 AM
Wow just amazing.
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11/20/2006 01:08:03 AM
wow ... this is just such an amazing photograph .. could be a winner ..... =10
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11/20/2006 12:49:56 AM
WOWOWOWOWOW! I can almost guarantee this will ribbon! HOLY CRAP! This is by far one of the coolest photos I've seen on this site. I'm adding it to my favorites.

I pretty much love everything about it...WOW 10+++++
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11/20/2006 12:32:28 AM
WOW.10
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