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Wonders of the North
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Amason


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Challenge: Night Shot II (Advanced Editing II)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: Grotta, Seltjarnarnes, Iceland
Date: Oct 16, 2004
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 27 sec
Galleries: Nature
Date Uploaded: Oct 17, 2004

Taken at night (duhh), at Grotta in the Reykjavik area, Iceland.

I used levels, burning & dodging and unsharp mask.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 182
Avg (all users): 7.5633
Avg (commenters): 8.7813
Avg (participants): 7.5128
Avg (non-participants): 7.6161
Views since voting: 14080
Views during voting: 458
Votes: 229
Comments: 72
Favorites: 52 (view)


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08/21/2007 08:11:24 PM
Beautiful aurora shot! Excellent and well deserved the blue ribbon. I wish I can have at least one chance to see aurora.
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10/21/2005 12:14:12 AM
Incredible image Amason.
I wish I lived where I could see this.
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09/03/2005 07:09:01 AM
SIMPLESMENTE PERFEITA , PARABENS !!!
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08/02/2005 12:30:34 AM
This is simply the prettiest thing I've seen in ages. Love the color, the house, the composition.
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08/02/2005 12:16:11 AM
Did you use any hue adjustment layers or filters?
Thats amazing!
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10/31/2004 05:52:48 PM
It's a very nice picture.
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10/26/2004 01:06:37 PM
Amason.. congratulations on a beautiful image. And the good speech you had after you won. Áfram Ísland
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10/26/2004 09:20:18 AM
Glæsilegt......Til hamingju......
Það er gaman að sjá þig þarna númer 1..

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10/26/2004 08:23:10 AM
Fantastic shot, Amason! What an amazing part of the world with natural night shows like that!

Will have to travel there sometime...
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10/25/2004 10:24:46 PM
Simply amazing!
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10/25/2004 06:03:01 PM
congratulations on a beautiful image and your first blue...outstanding!
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10/25/2004 05:26:32 PM
FRÁÁÁBÆRT!!!

Congrats Amason. That´s a really nice photo.
Keep it up...
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10/25/2004 02:11:22 PM
Congratulations on your blue

Like the Angelica in the FG and the lighthouse is real nice.

What lens were you using?

I was thinking about the same, but couldn't find any Northern Lights in my free nights that week. I have some nice one form one week before, and will hopefully find some tonight. They don't seem to have been very strong that night, but the night sky is beautifully starlit.
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10/25/2004 11:55:56 AM
Congrulations. i knew you would ribbon! This was my highest rated photo in the challenge. Love it, love it!
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10/25/2004 11:39:59 AM
Way to go Amason! Damn, you beat my 20D score! :-)

congrats with the ribbon!
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10/25/2004 10:08:49 AM
Til hamingju, mjög flott mynd og verðskuldað. Ég er kannski ekki alveg jafn mikið að missa mig útaf henni og margir aðrir,ég hefði s.s. ekki alveg gefið henni 10 en líklega 8-9 ef ég hefði mátt gefa atkvæði.
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10/25/2004 09:50:19 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon and a well deserved blue. Outstanding shot!
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10/25/2004 09:19:33 AM
Woohhaaa! Congrats man :D Very well deserved!
Keep it up!
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10/25/2004 08:40:29 AM
No!
It's we that are thanking you for your great picture.
You just sit back and smile. ;)
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10/25/2004 08:01:43 AM
Where's that piece of paper... oh, here it is... uuuhummm...

"Dear fellow DPC’ers

I want to thank my country, Iceland, to be placed on the top of the world, the northern winter for the aurora, my family for tolerating my addiction to this hobby..." bla bla blahhh

hahaha, what can I say, WOW! I'm speechless... MANY THANKS!
10/25/2004 06:49:24 AM
Congrats with the ribbon ;)
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10/25/2004 06:46:36 AM
Congrats on your blue!!! Way to go! :o)
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10/25/2004 06:41:15 AM
congrats!!!!! Great image and well deserved ribbon
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10/25/2004 06:01:42 AM
Oleeee, ole ole ole... Ísland... Ísland :) Klassi!
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10/25/2004 04:22:22 AM
Excellent work. Well deserved ribbon !
Congrats !

Message edited by author 2004-10-25 12:05:47.
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10/25/2004 03:57:26 AM
Congratilations Amason, I knew this one would do well, really well.
It did not take a long time for the 20D to pay off! :D
The flowers in the forground is what makes this picture uniqe and a winner.
Now don't become a ribbon hog like Heiða, you hear!

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10/25/2004 03:38:28 AM
Congrats on your 1st ribbon and a blue one, I like that style. This is definitely the coolest (coldest) shot in the challenge. Keep up the good work.
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10/25/2004 02:59:49 AM
Thats great...congratulations.
I wondered if all DPC would like it the same...as its not classy night shot...but seems thats why it worked :).
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10/25/2004 02:09:25 AM
that is awesome
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10/25/2004 02:06:01 AM
One a word - WOW!
Congrats on the Blue here. The POV is great on this shot.
(Hardware helped a bit too) LOL

Well Done!
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10/25/2004 01:26:36 AM
Lucky you living in a place like that :) Congrats on your ribbon, I really like this image.
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10/25/2004 12:40:46 AM
Congratulations on your first ribbon! Great work with the 20D!
Very well captured!

Message edited by author 2004-10-25 00:43:13.
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10/25/2004 12:31:22 AM
Congratulations.
Great work. It looks like it came straight forem the movie "Signs"
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10/25/2004 12:21:29 AM
congratulations ... this is great
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10/25/2004 12:13:33 AM
Congradulations on the first place win. Lovely shot!
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10/25/2004 12:03:05 AM
Congratulations on this eerie, spooky and yet beautiful image. An almost magical expression. A well deserved blue!
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10/25/2004 12:01:22 AM
well deserved!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/24/2004 08:06:31 PM
Beautiful photo :)
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10/24/2004 08:02:13 PM
Great composition and excellent subject. The highlight's a bit annoying and it looks a tad oversharpened (try converting to Lab colour in PS and sharpening just the Lightness channel which prevents haloing of the colours) which is made more noticeable with a night shot.

I love your forground here - inspired.
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10/24/2004 06:32:55 PM
Great 10
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10/24/2004 02:11:27 PM
wonderful shot. sure to be in the top ten!
the green is so nice and produces a calming effect. some might complain about the plants in the forground, but not me! :P
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10/24/2004 10:06:03 AM
Best aurora shot I've seen
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10/24/2004 12:15:25 AM
awesome ... 10
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10/23/2004 03:09:31 PM
Oh wow you lucky git. i wish i could see the lights from here. Great photo 10.
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10/22/2004 02:24:28 PM
very cool. the foreground makes it look like an anlien landscape!
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10/22/2004 01:31:21 PM
Great Shot! 10!!!
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10/22/2004 08:12:37 AM
This is so beautiful I love thoose stars :D
Bumping from 9 to 10 :)
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10/21/2004 09:19:50 PM
Very nice. The northern lights? My only suggestion for improvement would be to leave the shutter open a little shorter time -- the one light is a bit too glaring for me. Otherwise, I really like it! BOL :D
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10/21/2004 05:06:56 AM
What a stunning shot - I love everything about this image (10)
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10/21/2004 02:46:59 AM
Wonderful colors, I didn't know the night sky can be green as well ;) I think you are in the top10 if not a ribbon :)
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10/21/2004 01:03:05 AM
This is a very interesting shot. I find the bright light over the building (lighthouse maybe) a bit distracting, and I might have chosen to edit out the electric poles, but I really like the creative angle. Very nice. I think it will probably place well.
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10/20/2004 05:18:06 PM
this is so awesome the way the weeds look like trees... it has such a "haunted house" feel to it as well you might get hassled for the green sky but i think this is so intereesting.. one of my favorites so far
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10/20/2004 06:02:51 AM
excellent photo, the colors are great!
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10/19/2004 05:02:14 PM
great shot. nice focal point and amazing sky. excellent work
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10/19/2004 02:10:20 PM
Very good capture of northern lights! I'm upping my score on this one. Great exposure!
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10/19/2004 09:23:45 AM
Wow... im impressed of this...
Im sorry, i think i like everything about it...:). Stars, green lights... little houses between 'grass'... Feels like magic world of elfs.
The angle of capture is real good idea.
Thanks for sharing and good luck.
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10/19/2004 04:47:20 AM
This is a really beautiful shot. The lighting in the sky and on the ground looks great. Really nice job!
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10/19/2004 04:16:03 AM
very nice northren lights. The forground realy adds intrest to this picture. It's as if you where just an inch under ground. The houses give a point of intrest and the tower is just a bit too burned out at the top but it draws the eyes towards the houses, witch is good. This could be a good postcard for the winter season.
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10/19/2004 02:32:48 AM
best night shot i have seen so far,
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10/19/2004 12:15:50 AM
I love the plant things, and your exposure is wonderful to capture both the stars and the aroura.
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10/18/2004 09:29:30 PM
A very unique shot. The colors are great in it. Surely one of the top ones.
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10/18/2004 07:33:10 PM
Exiting colours and composition. It seems to me that there is a lighthouse behind the two buildings but I'm not sure. I find the big light a bit too bright and it draws the attention from an otherwise very good photograph. -7
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10/18/2004 07:09:09 PM
wonderful image, I hope the aurora is real and not photoshopped :)) 10
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10/18/2004 06:56:39 PM
Nicely done. The dandy lions look like big trees almost.
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10/18/2004 04:03:48 PM
a very lovely magical shot...great colors/composition...the wonderfully shaped silhoutted tree tops really add the extra spice to the shot for me..without those contrasting against the northernlights itwould have made for a bit of a blander photo...great job..one of my faves!
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10/18/2004 03:57:34 PM
I wouldn't want to deal with the constant cold weather, but I'm definitely jealous of folks that get to see incredible things like this up north! This is a really cool shot -- I love the exposure, and the way you incorporated the weeds in the foreground. I suspect this will do very well this week. It's my only 10 so far.
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10/18/2004 03:51:50 PM
Good angle, getting the plants in the picture.
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10/18/2004 03:46:34 PM
the light on the building detracts from a very cool shot - nice foreground
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10/18/2004 11:35:14 AM
great green. nice image.
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10/18/2004 10:09:57 AM
very nice shot!
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10/18/2004 07:29:12 AM
Wonderful indeed
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10/18/2004 12:47:28 AM
Amazing!
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