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The Beauty of Death
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skarpi_xxx


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Best of 2009 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM II
Location: Iceland
Date: Jun 14, 2009
Aperture: f/22
ISO: 100
Shutter: 54
Galleries: Landscape, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Jan 21, 2010

Sunset play with a skull of a horse, in front of the natural rock sculpture Hvítserkur in Húnaflói, Iceland.


Statistics
Place: 1 out of 445
Avg (all users): 7.1865
Avg (commenters): 8.2973
Avg (participants): 7.2000
Avg (non-participants): 7.1346
Views since voting: 9872
Views during voting: 554
Votes: 252
Comments: 88
Favorites: 33 (view)


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02/03/2010 03:25:13 PM
That is really beautful.The colore are so rich.And I have never seen anything like it.
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02/03/2010 07:19:28 AM
Wow, this is amazing shot. I have been photographing there now and then and observed images from the place and this one is definitely one of the best!
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02/03/2010 03:38:44 AM
Snilld, hauskúpan toppar annars flotta mynd, gerir hana einstaka.
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02/02/2010 11:14:03 AM
2/2 on DPC. Can't wait to see more of your work.
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02/01/2010 08:44:23 PM
Simply stunning, congratulations!
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01/31/2010 07:34:14 PM
Snillingur !
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01/31/2010 05:06:03 PM
Glæsileg mynd, glæsileg innkoma með tvo borða. Til hamingju.
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01/31/2010 03:21:21 PM
Frábært, til hamingju með þetta. Flott mynd!
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01/31/2010 02:01:05 PM
Congrats on your blue ribbon!
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01/30/2010 09:33:05 PM
Ekki amalegt að ná þessum ribbon :)

Congrats! Stunning photo...
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01/30/2010 08:33:20 PM
Quite stunning. Congrats on the blue.
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01/30/2010 11:13:24 AM
Incredibly well done. You sure do know your way around a camera!
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01/30/2010 02:48:27 AM
Glæsilegt, til hamingju með þetta.
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01/29/2010 07:39:34 PM
Thanks for all your inspiring comments. I didn’t expect Death to have such a positive impact.

01/29/2010 07:11:02 PM
the only 10 I gave of the ones I voted. Nice job, fantastic and surreal.
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01/29/2010 05:10:42 PM
Congrats on a well deserved blue ribbon! Frábær mynd!
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01/29/2010 01:54:43 PM
Mate, How cool is this shot? Congrats on your Ribbon.
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01/29/2010 01:34:01 PM
Congratulations on a Best Of blue.
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01/29/2010 12:41:16 PM
On for your hatrick

superb imagery please keep it up
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01/29/2010 12:02:32 PM
Til lukku. Frábær árangur hjá þér.
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01/29/2010 12:01:07 PM
Glæsileg mynd, til hamingju með borðann !
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01/29/2010 11:45:58 AM
This is a well deserving image. Huge congrats on the Blue in "Best of 2009".

Amazing to see both of your challenge entries so far has ribboned. Hope to see many more ribbons on your way here. I browsed through your flickr portfolio also, amazing collection!!!

Raj
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01/29/2010 10:28:14 AM
Magnificent and unique! Congratulations!
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01/29/2010 09:53:13 AM
Simply Beautiful..Congrats!!!!!
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01/29/2010 09:47:16 AM
This is such a great, interesting photograph and well deserving of the blue ribbon! Congrats!
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01/29/2010 09:43:07 AM
Magnificent image, truly stunning. Many congrats on your 2nd ribbon in your second challenge.
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01/29/2010 08:46:34 AM
What can you say! This is pure perfection. You must have known it the minute you saw it that you had a winner of all winners with this one. Congratulations! Justice was certainly done with this one!
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01/29/2010 07:33:43 AM
Beautiful Congratulations on your win. Two entries and two ribbons very impressive hope to see more of your work. :)
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01/29/2010 06:13:01 AM
Fantastic! Congrats!
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01/29/2010 04:16:28 AM
Originally posted by Deen:

Damn, 2 photos, 2 ribbons, you are really a monster!


Nah, he's not a monster... He's from Iceland. Icelandic people win ribbons even without submitting =)

But I'm sure glad you did, because this is fantastic photo you have shared with us!
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01/29/2010 04:14:24 AM
Damn, 2 photos, 2 ribbons, you are really a monster!
I like your style, kind of like Surrealism photos.
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01/29/2010 03:49:43 AM
Congrats, Skari. Ég hefði gefið þér meira en tíu ef það hefði verið mögulegt.
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01/29/2010 03:12:43 AM
This is proof that we all need to move to Iceland! :-)

Congratulations on the fantastic result.
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01/29/2010 02:16:42 AM
Congrats on a truly deserving ribbon. Loved it at first site
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01/29/2010 02:02:02 AM
What a fantastic shot! Congratulations!
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01/29/2010 01:39:32 AM
Excellent finished. Congratulations
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01/29/2010 01:36:08 AM
Magnificent.
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01/29/2010 01:35:04 AM
Congrats with the deserved blue ribbon and a awesome image. Two ribbons in two challenges, way to go Skarpi!
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01/29/2010 12:57:03 AM
Totally not surprised at all , STUNNING , COngrats on the blue
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01/29/2010 12:41:13 AM
Wow - Congrats on the blue for this amazing image!
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01/29/2010 12:29:37 AM
Congratulations, Skarphedinn -- stunning accomplishment.
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01/29/2010 12:28:12 AM
Til hamingju kútur, kemur sterkur inn!!!
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01/29/2010 12:13:25 AM
Congrats on another ribbon! That's awesome, great photo.
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01/29/2010 12:13:20 AM
excellent job...I know your over the moon...Congrats!!!
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01/29/2010 12:09:58 AM
Congrats,a great photo!
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01/29/2010 12:02:59 AM
Wow, 2 challenges...2 ribbons. Amazing! Congrats on two excellent photos!
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01/29/2010 12:02:22 AM
Til hamingju!!:-D
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/28/2010 11:28:23 PM
Very impressive! Is that fog on the ground? Looks quite surrealistic.
01/28/2010 11:19:08 PM
Visual beauty, but there is a sense of spirituality in this scene as well, even without the title. 9
01/28/2010 09:41:44 PM
wow, that's pretty amazing. Is this Iceland? the rock looks familiar
01/28/2010 09:25:06 PM
Wow I never knew death could look so good.
01/28/2010 08:59:39 PM
Looks as if the rock is sticking its skeleton head underwater, and peering at the photographer. Excellent smoothing of the water, and great colour. One of my favourites.
01/28/2010 04:31:41 PM
Stunning and very surreal. Almost Salvador dali like. I have seen that rock featured in some other images here before.
01/28/2010 04:18:25 PM
How interesting!! Is that a skull? From what type of animal? Beautiful colours and exposure.
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01/28/2010 11:09:58 AM
AAAhhhhh, it's moving towards me!!! No, wait, it's still...
Absolutely wonderful long exposure, and one of the best balanced photos I've ever seen.
Great detail, superb lighting, this should do well.
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01/28/2010 07:16:45 AM
Weird proportions, not sure what's going on here, it feels like the whole landscape is being sucked into some sort of vortex. Perhaps it's just the cloud movement, perhaps I'm just up too late commenting, but it's one bizarre effect!
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01/28/2010 06:03:36 AM
Kinda bizarre, but a lovely setting.......7
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01/28/2010 05:07:35 AM
Very cool photo. Certainly makes me wonder if the skull was already there or if you placed it, but that's irrelevant. Nice shot.
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01/27/2010 10:12:02 PM
I'm not sure if the skull was placed for the shot or was naturally at this location. Either way this shot is excellent. I really like the colors in the sky with the almost silhouette of the rock formation. Spot on! BB
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01/27/2010 02:21:12 PM
What an amazing looking place -- looks like it was straight out of a movie scene! I love the color of the sky, and the skull gives it a rather mysterious feel. It would have been cool if the skull had been moving in such a way that there was a bit of a wake behind it. I don't know if that would have been possible (I'm sure it would have taken quite a bit of work to pull off), but that would have bumped this from a 9 to a 10 for me. This is my 4,000th comment at DPC... thanks for being my milestone photo comment! :)
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01/27/2010 08:54:25 AM
almost looks disconnected (head from body), beautiful color and processing...well done
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01/27/2010 08:20:19 AM
almost a Dali painting
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01/27/2010 08:15:33 AM
fantastic shot
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01/27/2010 01:35:34 AM
Horse skull? When I first saw this I imagined it as an Icelandic dragon. 10
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01/26/2010 08:56:53 PM
The clouds really have a great effect.
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01/26/2010 04:22:12 PM
9 - Oh boy, this takes this familiar scene to another level - he has a friend now - I like the subtle reflection(s) in the moving(?) water - very dramatic image. I wonder about the right hand side of it 'pushed' a little more to balance out (especially sat wise) with the left, but maybe the way it dominates as is, helps the horse(?) take centre stage over the Icelandic Ice Age creature.
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01/26/2010 01:08:42 PM
nice!
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01/26/2010 01:49:23 AM
Wow, that's really, really well done. This score has been upgraded to 10.
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01/25/2010 09:47:14 PM
WOW !! a lot of wow factor all the way. I would have given this a perfect score if you had corrected for the perspective. Love it !! 9
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01/25/2010 08:40:41 PM
This is really quite an amazing juxtiposition of beauty and death, very well executed and totally strange. I like it!
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01/25/2010 07:56:13 PM
Creepy, Beautiful. It feels SCI FI. Like it.
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01/25/2010 02:34:12 PM
beautiful. I really dig this... 10
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01/25/2010 09:11:52 AM
wow...that's awesome! 9
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01/24/2010 07:56:56 PM
Excellent long exposure. I like the giant prehistoric thing hanging out on the right.
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01/24/2010 07:30:40 PM
The skull makes this shot, very cool.
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01/24/2010 04:48:29 AM
stunning image fantastic colors and interesting setup
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01/23/2010 09:44:41 PM
Gotta love a good skull. Love the super slick water and the minimalist elements. Great colors.
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01/23/2010 05:44:49 PM
Love the long exposure on this, cant wait to see whos this is when the challenge is over. Hoping that you have some deatails on this whne the challenge is over. Loving the colors and the skull in the foreground. 10
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01/23/2010 04:25:46 PM
Great story for a beautiful place!! 10
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01/23/2010 12:29:03 PM
shades of 1970s rock album covers - (that means I like it!)
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01/23/2010 11:29:00 AM
Great diagonal line connecting the two objects in the water.
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01/23/2010 12:27:38 AM
Can i assume you provided your own fossil? Nice colors, composition and light!
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01/22/2010 08:58:11 PM
Surreal
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01/22/2010 06:05:13 PM
Great colours, great composition.....maybe the rock is a little too far to the right, so an additional bit of space that side would have balanced the image better.........Clouds are really good and long exposure works well.
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01/22/2010 03:22:40 PM
I really hope theres some detail to this pic and also to the pp work. i cant but give this a 10.
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01/22/2010 12:20:12 PM
WOW - 10
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01/22/2010 10:18:59 AM
Awesome. I hope this wasn't staged because it is so much better if you just found this and went with it. Perfect shutter speed and angle. Great photo.
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01/22/2010 09:39:14 AM
Massíft flott þessi. Hún á eftir að sóma sér vel á forsíðu bókarinnar.
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