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This was an awesome sight, sitting in an inflatable zodiac inside a glacial lagoon and then ... a calving of immense proportions !! The several thousand Kittywakes that were feeding in the meltwater river exploded into the air. We were placed infront of the glacier but far enough to only recieve a bow wave after this huge amount fell in !!! An event of a lifetime !

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D
Lens:EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:24 Aug 2011 - 8:38 AM
Focal Length:185mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.2
Aperture:f/9.0
Shutter Speed:1/800sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Calving Glacier and Kittywakes
Username:rontear rontear
Uploaded:30 Aug 2011 - 12:30 AM
Tags:Arctic Ocean, Calving, Glacier, Glacier., Kittywakes, Svalbad, Wildlife / nature
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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2011 - 12:31 AM

Great natural action shot here Ron......

Ade

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2011 - 1:04 AM

Thanks for the explanation-- WOW!

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2011 - 1:06 AM

Wow! This is amazing. A fabulous capture............Sandy

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bliba
bliba  8 Austria2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2011 - 8:05 AM

a cracker Ron
such a dramatic sceene -EXCELLENT

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64431 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2011 - 8:09 AM

Wow, that's amazing Ron. Looks like it has the makings of a competition winner to me.
Chris

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7435 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1022 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2011 - 8:27 AM

The unpredictable power of nature. This is amazing.
Moira

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2011 - 8:45 AM

It an amazing site and the sound is powerfull too. Good timing Ron

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MalcolmM
MalcolmM e2 Member 930 forum postsMalcolmM vcard Scotland3 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2011 - 9:34 AM

An amazing experience. Well timed image.

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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2011 - 9:48 AM

Superb, fantastic, unbelievably imaense, a sight of a lifetime Ron, wow factor times 10. Must have been quite scary as all that ice collapsed into the water. You just must get this one printed for the wall. Excellent action with all the birds flying off in panic.

Dougie

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2011 - 10:50 AM

Incredible shot

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Consulo
Consulo  10768 forum posts Scotland10 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2011 - 11:05 AM

That's one hell of a capture.

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sawsengee
sawsengee  84 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2011 - 11:08 AM

a shot of a lifetime!......splendid visual & timing

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2011 - 1:46 PM

That is sooo spectacular, and well done for having the presence of mind to press the button and not just sit there in awe (as I would have done!).
Brilliant!!
Ann

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photographerjoe
photographerjoe e2 Member 8photographerjoe vcard United Kingdom
30 Aug 2011 - 3:42 PM

Now and again natures provides us with sights to treasure....Wonderful........Joe

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maggieh
maggieh  6 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2011 - 5:52 PM

I would have been quaking in my shoes(boots?) as the waves swept towards us. This is a superb shot you have vert fast reactions.
maggie

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BillM
BillM  7 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2011 - 6:12 PM

Awesome. What an experience and what a shot. You certainly captured the moment there.

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Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4596 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom63 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2011 - 6:50 PM

Impressive !.....terrific shot, with the birds adding a 'different' dimension.....top notch !

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IanFlindt
IanFlindt  9739 forum posts United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2011 - 9:42 PM

Truly remarkable, Ron. What a rare moment to capture. The collapse itself would have been something special, but the addition of the fleeing birds creates extra drama in a spectacular scene.

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derekhansen
derekhansen e2 Member 5185 forum postsderekhansen vcard United Kingdom23 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2011 - 9:43 PM

What a great event to have witnessed Ron. You lucky .........
Super image.
Derek

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aftertherain
31 Aug 2011 - 8:10 AM

Amazing event and as you say it must have been awesome to witness it close up.
Looks like you had a good expedition.

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chris-p
chris-p e2 Member 864 forum postschris-p vcard England
31 Aug 2011 - 8:38 AM

Terrific image Ron..

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focused-photography

What a stunning shot.

Carsten

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alansnap
alansnap e2 Member 10529 forum postsalansnap vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2011 - 8:36 PM

I bet it was awesome in the truest sense of the word. A fine shot Ron, and I don't know how I missed it yesterday.
Alan

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2011 - 11:13 AM

It was a cinematic moment, one I am unlikely ever to see again. Thank you all for sharing your views. Ron.

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HUMIE
HUMIE  7 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2011 - 5:50 PM

Super work Ron !!!


*Mike*

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tony64
tony64  10204 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
11 Sep 2011 - 10:07 AM

This is an amazing shot Ron! A collapsing Glacier, all those Kittywakes! and you (and Maggie?) in a little boat? Pretty dangerous I would have said!
Anyway, Definitely worth my 'Photo of the Week' award!
Well done!
Tony
PS you must tell me about your time working at the Beeb sometime! I used to love the 'Fluff' Freeman rock show every saturday afternoon!

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