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64° 09' North  21° 58' West
64° 09' North 21° 58' West
arngrimur


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Your Corner of the World II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Location: Reykjavík
Date: Oct 2, 2005
Aperture: 10
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Traditional Art
Date Uploaded: Oct 2, 2005

This is the SunCraft (Sólfar in Icelandic), by Jón Gunnar Árnason (b. 1931, d. 1989) - a metal skeletal structure which lies on the shore of Reykjavik the capital of Iceland. This is a big tourist attraction and is probably one of the most photographed spots in Iceland.

I originally had the idea for the "from the ground up challenge". I liked the viewpoint and the composition but I wasn't satisfied with the results. On the last day for submissions for the "My corner of the world" challenge I was driving by the sculpture and saw that the lighting was good, the sky was dark and dramatic. I made the viewpoint as low as possible by holding the camera vertically to the ground.

The post processing is the most extensive work I have done for any challenge so far using layers, which is new to me.

I did submit another shot of this sculpture a year ago for the "Travel Guides" challenge.
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The Viking ship at night

Some of those who commented were wondering about the size of the sculpture, here is a photo that shows its size, shot from a straight viewpoint, including a person for scale:

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The Sólfar scale

EXIF
. Model Canon EOS 300D DIGITAL
. Date/time original 02.10.2005 17:03:00
. Shutter speed value 1/200 s
. Aperture value f/10
. ISO speed ratings 100
. Exposure bias value 0.00 EV
. Metering mode Pattern
. Flash Flash did not fire.
. Focal length 11 mm
. White balance Auto white balance

Big thanks for the comments and the votes.

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 299
Avg (all users): 6.8351
Avg (commenters): 8.7500
Avg (participants): 6.8083
Avg (non-participants): 6.8784
Views since voting: 3672
Views during voting: 430
Votes: 194
Comments: 48
Favorites: 13 (view)


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04/29/2006 11:26:39 PM
I love the tones in this one, but I like the color shot better. Nice work though!
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11/15/2005 01:15:06 AM
wow, perfect image!
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10/14/2005 11:12:57 AM
Amazing Shot...Almost perfect light!!
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10/13/2005 10:06:24 PM
PS: we have the same camera but you are much more skilled than I!

Congratulations on your finish....well deserved!
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10/13/2005 10:05:08 PM
You live is such an exotic place and I am envious. Someday, when I retire, I plan to visit "Your Corner of the World" and I will fondly remember this incredible shot and you.

Thank you for sharing!

Cheryl
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10/11/2005 10:13:10 PM
Love the lighting, love the viewpoint. Really a great picture of this sculpture.
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10/10/2005 10:08:14 PM
That's amazing, to see in the comments just how small this sculpture really is. It looks positively HUGE in this shot.
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10/10/2005 05:31:53 PM
beautiful, love the title!
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10/10/2005 05:15:25 PM
Congratulations on your top placing...this was one of my favorites of the challenge! Very unique!
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10/10/2005 04:29:35 PM
Til hamingju með 5. sætið flott mynd
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10/10/2005 12:02:00 PM
Beautiful B/W conversion, moody post-processing. "Our" 10-22mm lens is rapidly rising to the top as the landscape lens of choice, LOL. I take it this is a modern sculpture of the bare bones of a Viking longship? More information would be wonderful.
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10/10/2005 10:28:48 AM
Til hamingju með 5. sætið, þræl flott mynd!
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10/10/2005 09:35:37 AM
Congratulation with the top five finish! Gurrý hefur rétt fyrir sér, þetta klikkar ekki! ;-)
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10/10/2005 09:10:01 AM
Congratulations on your 5th place and a very interesting shot.
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10/10/2005 04:24:18 AM
Congratulations Arngrimur! Þetta blessaða sólfar klikkar ekki :)
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10/10/2005 01:37:14 AM
I love the angle on this, one that I have not used for solfar/sun craft before, will have to keep this angle in mind when I go home again :)

Congrats on 5th :)
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10/10/2005 01:03:57 AM
This was one of favorites of the challenge, beautiful shot. What is this?

Message edited by author 2005-10-10 01:04:23.
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10/10/2005 12:18:51 AM
Deftly tones to intrigue any viewer. Congratulations on your top 5 finish.

Message edited by author 2005-10-10 00:19:10.
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10/10/2005 12:05:49 AM
TOP 5 WOO HOO

One of my few 10's. Congrats.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/09/2005 06:16:25 PM
Very well exposed shot.
I like it a lot
good luck
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10/09/2005 01:17:56 PM
amazing tones.10
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10/09/2005 12:51:12 PM
holy mozes
u travel by dragonfly!
great image in every respect!!
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10/08/2005 10:24:45 PM
The title... is that where this art is located? Excellet lighting.
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10/08/2005 05:04:17 PM
Beautiful tone and shape. Nicely done.
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10/08/2005 12:11:04 PM
Neat shot - impressive (lighting/sky)
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10/07/2005 04:45:22 PM
Very effective lighting, and great sky
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10/07/2005 08:57:23 AM
geggjuð
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10/07/2005 08:05:20 AM
awesome!
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10/07/2005 05:48:04 AM
An Icelandic ship, I suppose? Beautiful structure, nice POV, lighting is immaculate.
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10/06/2005 02:39:48 PM
Very nice image! Where's my GPS when I need it? :-)
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10/05/2005 06:07:58 PM
great tones here. love the contrasts.
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10/05/2005 04:10:41 PM
Interesting find and great shot! Is this a contemporary depiction of Viking sail? Must be in Iceland or Denmark :).

2nd look and really like it a lot. Bumping it up to 9.
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10/05/2005 01:22:26 PM
I'm sorry that I can only give you a 10 for this shot. It is by far my favourite. Lovely shot and great processing which gives it a marvellous punch.
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10/04/2005 11:51:58 PM
This is an excellent photo and one of my few tens for this challenge. This object has appeared in challenges here before and I know it's some sort of modern sculpture in Iceland. I would love to find out what/why it is. If you could tell me or link me to some information about it's origin and purpose, I would appreciate it. It's truly a beautiful work. I have yet to see a photo of this that creates a perspective to show it's true size. I imagine that it's rather large...
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10/04/2005 11:30:49 PM
Absolutely one of my favorites of the challenge.
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10/04/2005 08:23:20 PM
hmmm...can't figure out what it is...light is awesome...I like it...
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10/04/2005 04:36:00 PM
10...that's all I have to say...10
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10/04/2005 03:11:39 PM
Terrific shot and creativity.
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10/04/2005 12:51:47 PM
I love the contrast in this photo. I gave it a ten.
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10/04/2005 10:05:37 AM
That thing is massive. I assume Viking ship. Nice contrasts and shading.
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10/04/2005 01:03:55 AM
Wow! Very cool subject! I look forward to finding out where this is.
Great work with the photo! :e)

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10/03/2005 09:48:41 PM
Wow! What is that? Very intriguing sculpture!
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10/03/2005 06:23:40 PM
What a great work on this one. Beautiful. 10
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10/03/2005 12:44:13 PM
excellent!! dont know what it is but it really doesnt matter!
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10/03/2005 09:25:00 AM
Ya got me curious with the coordinates, so I had to dig out the map to find that this must be around Reykjavik somewhere :)
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10/03/2005 08:42:59 AM
Well i've looked on Google Earth and i can't see it ;-) Great, moody, lovely picture. 9
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10/03/2005 04:04:31 AM
where in the world is this? I guess I will have to check - at least I have coordinates. ;) very cool shot 8
Somewhere near Kansas City per Google Earth.
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10/03/2005 12:48:46 AM
gorgeous shot!
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