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January 27
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16 mm
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Date Taken
Jan 25, 2014, 5:37:57 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS5.1 Macintosh
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Trapped Bubbles by porbital Trapped Bubbles by porbital
Taken at Abraham Lake. Unusual ice bubble were formed by methane gas coming from the lake bed. There was not many snow cover because a strong wind gust (60km/hr) blown away all snow. This unusual condition allow us to see the magic underneath the ice. Combining the strong wind and the extremely cold temperature in canada, this place is definitely not easy to shoot.
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I stared at this photo for a long time before I felt comfortable writeing anything, there is so muchof wonder here. To say this is a beautiful capture would be a gross understatement.

Several noteworthy items come immediatly to mind, the first being the red glow on the ice which exceeds the amount of red in the sky itself. I assume the camera was low to the ice to maximize the reflection angle. This also creates along with the white shapes in the ice, a second cloud scape for the colors which don't exist in the sky. My second note is a facination with the various bubble shapes within the ice. The contrast between the clear ice and the white, lets the imagination roam.
This photo is also set off by its lack of symetry. Because all the elements are unique to themselves, they also combine to form a whole which is greater tham the sum of its parts. A job well done, and worth the difficulty you had in taking the shot.
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shekho72 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
  :) (Smile)
ActuallyBunny Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely stunning, love this so much <3
GroovyGeek Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
In one of my comments I suggested in the future to blend multiple exposures to both capture the wide-angle view and preserve the scale of the mountains at the same time.  Learned this trick on a Marc Adamus workshop.  Here… is one of his images with very similar subject matter that illustrates this technique beautifully.  It was my impression that Marc or or less keeps his wide angle glued to 14mm, so I suspect this is a stitch of three 14mm exposures.  Notice how the mountains look large and looming, because on one of the exposures he placed them near the bottom of the frame to "stretch" them vertically.  Hope you don't mind me pointing to someone else's work on your comment thread.
porbital Featured By Owner May 7, 2014   Photographer
I have heard this perspective blending technique before. But I am in a process to learn how to shoot it beautifully. it is not very easy to do for me when I do it in a real scene. I was not happy with my perspective blending result. it requires some experience to think quite a bit on the blending part while shooting.
Storm-Dancer-9 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
I love the way you caught the light! 
Dani-Lefrancois Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Professional Photographer
beaut!! when did you visit?
porbital Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014   Photographer
last week of Jan
Dani-Lefrancois Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional Photographer
ahhh nice!
tourofnature Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice, well captured Pete!
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