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The Raven
The Raven

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Challenge: Free Study 2008-02 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L USM
Location: Žingvellir, Iceland
Date: Feb 1, 2008
Aperture: 2.0
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 2 sec
Galleries: Sky, Landscape
Date Uploaded: Feb 29, 2008

I went out with Sissi, Indridistefans, Steinar and Steinar“s buddy Halli to Žingvellir (don“t know if he is a DPC user).

It was absolutely FREEZING, I don“t think I have ever been outdoors during night in such cold, it was about -25 degrees celcius and also blowing cold wind on top of that. It was totally worth it though, when we got there the borealis were as strong as I have ever seen them and put on quite a show.

I really like this picture simply because the "hole" in the borealis looks like a Raven, at least to me. Oh and we have absolutely no legends about the phoenix here in Iceland but quite a few about ravens so while I appreciate the title suggestion change, there really is no doubt in my mind that this is indeed a raven and not a phoenix but I am glad people see a shape in there as well :)

Post processing pretty standard, C1 raw processing, darkened sky and brightened ground but not by much, since the borealis were insanely strong that night.

Place: 22 out of 458
Avg (all users): 6.6415
Avg (commenters): 8.0909
Avg (participants): 6.5446
Avg (non-participants): 6.8723
Views since voting: 2675
Views during voting: 289
Votes: 159
Comments: 14
Favorites: 2 (view)

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03/11/2008 08:34:57 AM
Another breathtaking image. All my life I only saw borealis in photographs, but the most amazing ones came from you, Mr Iceland.
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03/08/2008 11:44:49 AM
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/07/2008 10:37:10 PM
Very impressive...I think "The Phoenix" might have been a better title but nevertheless a real eye opener of a photo, even for an aurora. Well done.
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03/07/2008 01:48:24 PM
Took me a sec to see the raven. Very cool effect.
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03/06/2008 11:04:31 AM
Incredible sky, and I love how it reflects on the ground.
Kind of eerie. 10
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03/05/2008 02:12:27 PM
And it's a raven with three heads.
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03/04/2008 12:59:25 AM
wow...that is amazing!...great capture. i want to move there...lol.. 9
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03/04/2008 12:47:02 AM
Wish I was there, unbelievable
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03/02/2008 03:41:31 PM
reminds me of that one scene from The wall, when they are singing "Goodbye blue sky"
9 breathtaking photo
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03/02/2008 04:45:26 AM
Isn't nature amazing. Must have been hard getting the exposure right. Would like to see a writeup on how you did it.
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03/02/2008 02:21:41 AM
is this the Northern Lights?
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03/01/2008 01:29:11 PM
I know these shots do well in every FS, but I never tire of them, keep 'em coming!
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03/01/2008 07:30:42 AM
Cool - I see the raven! Very nice. 8
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03/01/2008 12:23:23 AM
wow...I would love to see this one day...amazing
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