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Do Not Linger...

By JamesAppleton  
Geysir, Iceland's largest and most famous Geothermal feature. now largely dormant, it is nonetheless a terrifying beast to approach - the security rope a fair distance from the spout-hole itself is there for a reason. I couldn't help myself however, and found nervous footing right on the edge of the pool. Here, the steaming water seems to have it's own life, and you definitely get the sense of impatience, that somehow this thing is biding its time. When it goes, it reportedly used to shoot 120m + into the air. That dwarfs any other current active geyser across the world.

An ND grad filter was used to hold the sky in check, helped by the mist that diffused the bright sky in any case. The only issues were finding the vantage point that allowed the whole pool in view, and waiting for the right moment when the mist drifted off to the right, away from the camera, and I'd had a chance to clean the lens front from all the condensation.

A forbidding place, to say the least...

P.s. - Go LARGE!

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Tags: Sky Landscape Red Dark Blue Fire Sunrise Steam Orange Pool Iceland Contrast Earth South Moody Geysir Dawn Brooding Landscape and travel

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Comments


Dennis_Bromage 9 45 20 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2009 6:56PM
Definitely needs to be seen large. Difficult to get a sense of the scale of the place because there's no recognisable foreground features but wonderfully moody and atmospheric

Den

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16 Jan 2009 7:06PM
WOOW..great photo...
cassiecat 8 39 46 England
16 Jan 2009 8:00PM
love the atmosphere youve captured.lesley
comma 9 108 6 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2009 9:39PM
A wonderful image
GrahamNobles 9 9 4 England
16 Jan 2009 10:42PM
Yes, large is very impressive! A superb image, well captured.
Graham
User_Removed 10 11 11 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2009 11:37PM
Awesome place!

Chris C
Landlord 10 25 1 Scotland
17 Jan 2009 11:21AM
Spectacular. Why has this only 30 votes?
NEWMANP Plus
9 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
19 Jan 2009 4:26PM
I didnt click this before because from the thumb it looks scaleless and almost like a shot of a coastal feature from the air, looking large its obvious that it has more sophistication than that. Although i would have liked something to provide scale its not so important when viewed for a while.
i like the misty sky line, suggestion of a mountain and hint of a sunset/rise.
Nice location, bit warmer i guess too.
Phil

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