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Challenge: Free Study 2009-02 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Location: Straumur, Iceland
Date: Feb 5, 2009
Aperture: f4.5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 10 sec
Galleries: Landscape
Date Uploaded: Feb 27, 2009

Went on a Aurora hunt early this month. On a unusually quiet Aurora season this was a really good day. The night was really cold with temperatures somewhere between -15 and -20C. Adjusting the camera and gear was hard and batteries drained quickly. The back of the camera was covered with ice after my breath froze there while looking through the viewfinder.

The difficult shooting conditions made me shoot this shot slighly out of focus, as adjusting the manual focus in the dark was tricky. I tried to minimize the effect by some unsharp mask gymnastics. Hope it works.

Post Challenge: Thanks everybody for your votes and helpful comments.
4th place in two free study challenges in a row is a real confidence booster. I will be shooting hard for the rest of the month trying to finally get me another free study ribbon.

Place: 4 out of 436
Avg (all users): 6.8917
Avg (commenters): 8.0909
Avg (participants): 6.8131
Avg (non-participants): 7.0600
Views since voting: 3221
Views during voting: 338
Votes: 157
Comments: 17
Favorites: 7 (view)

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03/09/2009 06:14:18 AM
yes. nuff said.
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03/08/2009 06:50:53 PM
snilld! þú ribbonar annað freestudy fljótlega með þessu áframhaldi !
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03/08/2009 11:41:39 AM
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03/08/2009 06:42:25 AM
well done and congrats on 4th
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03/08/2009 12:56:43 AM
Grats on the 4th..deserved a first page though..the fact that you live in iceland does half the work for you in dp!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/07/2009 08:16:07 PM
I want to go to Iceland before I die. beautiful shot. 10
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03/07/2009 05:47:55 PM
I hate it. 10!
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03/07/2009 11:36:01 AM
wow - awesome capture
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03/06/2009 10:33:18 PM
Absolutely gorgeous! The reflections are wonderful.
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03/06/2009 05:26:33 PM
Very nice composition.
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03/06/2009 05:20:29 PM
Nice title, and sky, wish the house was more defined, good aurora!
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03/05/2009 09:08:25 PM
I wish I could witness this some time. I think this would be so neat in real life. Very symmetrical, great composition.
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03/04/2009 11:47:35 AM
great shot, love the green light
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03/03/2009 03:32:56 AM
Beautifully done. From the light sprinkle of stars to the smooth reflection plus the house makes this one of the best of these shots that I've seen.
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03/02/2009 07:18:55 PM
House in the middle is just to centered.
03/02/2009 08:26:32 AM
this is interesting...caught my eye and my imagination
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03/01/2009 11:27:51 AM
WoW! A top pick for me. I am a softie for Northern Lights.
Excellent capture!
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