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Challenge: Free Study 2014-03 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix X100S
Location: Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Date: Mar 1, 2014
Aperture: 8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Landscape, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Mar 31, 2014

My wife and I were watching the evening news recently and we saw a segment on ice caves that form on the shores of Lake Superior. A stretch of shoreline of a national park in northern Wisconsin has cliffs and natural caves that, in the summer, tourists can investigate by kayak. The winter waves beat up against the shore to create amazing ice formations, and, if it gets cold enough, people can walk out onto the frozen surface of Lake Superior to get to the caves. The last winter that was cold enough to visit the caves was back in 2009. I decided to drive up and see them the first weekend of March. They were pretty amazing.

Some outtakes:
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Place: 10 out of 176
Avg (all users): 6.6552
Avg (commenters): 7.6000
Avg (participants): 6.6286
Avg (non-participants): 6.7647
Views since voting: 605
Views during voting: 157
Votes: 87
Comments: 14
Favorites: 0

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03/30/2015 09:06:49 AM
Stunning shot- and the outtakes are great as well. the light seems just right in the color shots.
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04/08/2014 08:46:59 PM
If I lived closer to Superior, I would have done the same thing. I was happy we had the gorgeous blue ice of Lake Erie. Love your series of shots!
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04/08/2014 12:29:40 PM
Damn, that's an amazing place. Those outtakes are fantastic as well. Congrats on the TT Mark.
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04/08/2014 08:07:13 AM
All f the images are amazing. Congrats on TT.
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04/08/2014 06:42:43 AM
Top 10!!! Nice!!!
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04/08/2014 04:11:14 AM
Awesome place! Congrats on TT!
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04/08/2014 01:59:58 AM
Congratulations on the top ten!
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04/08/2014 12:12:07 AM
WD Mark, excellent image, scored well with me.

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04/08/2014 12:10:47 AM
woo hoo. quite an awesome capture.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/07/2014 10:40:42 PM
Love this in black and white. Looks like a cool place to visit.
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04/07/2014 09:04:58 PM
Amazing sense of scale! And cold. Seems rather cold.
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04/06/2014 04:38:32 PM
This image has caused me to stop and pay attention. That means it is in my 7-10 voting band. (Voted earlier)

Additionally, it is highly interesting/eclectic meaning it keeps me here long enough to offer a longer comment and a vote of 8 or more.

This is one of my 9s - I like it a lot. Furthermore I think it enriches the DPC collective portfolio. Put simply, I wish we saw more stuff like this. Let me tell you why it pushes all the right buttons for me:

1. Superb perspective
2. Great use of monochrome when the colour might have tempted many.
3. The sense of scale given by the inclusion of the people. Without them this photo would have been unexceptional.
4. The great depth of field - really works for this.
5. The well-balanced toning, making excellent use of the wide dynamic range.

Great stuff.
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04/06/2014 11:04:34 AM
Like another planet from where I'm sitting. Nice!
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04/01/2014 02:48:25 AM
the figures really put into scale
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