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Iceberg - Last one!

By the_lane
I think the last of my Iceberg shots!

This was on Grey Lake in the Torres del Paine national park in Chile.

I liked how the background almost looks Black and White and, the Icebergs shines out.

Levels slightly adjusted in PS but, apart from that, as seen!

Tags: Landscape and travel

Voters: ptilley, User_Removed, pipapelada and 13 more

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User_Removed 18 268
1 Apr 2005 12:52AM
Incredible sight and the effect of the colours make it a striking shot. Click. ALi.
pipapelada 16 135
1 Apr 2005 12:55AM
This is definitely the best one! It's fantastic. I heard that grey skies bring out the blue in that true? I love the way the sun is glowing behind the clouds
tigerminx 17 237 South Africa
1 Apr 2005 12:59AM
I really like this... Nice blue tones.
the_lane 16 12
1 Apr 2005 1:04AM
Hi Pip,

Yes, when the sun shines directly on the iceberg, it appears more white in colour - I beleive this is becuase if reflects the sun light.

We actually have blue sky's and sunny days by the glaciers for most of the time...but my best shots seem to be when the sun went away and, the clouds set in.
ktcam 16 457 Scotland
1 Apr 2005 1:04AM
Excellent. Love that blue against the BG. Surreal and captivatingSmile
bzbee 17 108 3 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2005 1:07AM
An alien world... What a stunning picture. Very atmospheric and unusual.. click
sandro 16 3
1 Apr 2005 1:16AM
I like it very much but can you explane why is it such blue?
adonoghue 17 522 England
1 Apr 2005 1:17AM
This is totally surreal...looks like an erroded urinal cake Smile
the_lane 16 12
1 Apr 2005 1:27AM
Hi Sandro,

Why does it look so blue.

Short answer - it is the way it reflects light

Long Answer!!!

The blue color only occurs in very old ice from a very deep glacier and is the result of hundreds of thousands of years of compression. As this pressure increases, the air that was originally trapped by the falling snow is forced out. The ability to reflect light exists only when there is air between the surfaces of the ice crystals. This very, very old, and very, very dense ice is no longer capable of reflecting light. So it no longer appears white.

Light hitting this iceberg no longer "bounces" off of it. Instead, it is absorbed into it. The weaker wavelengths of light are quickly filtered out. The blue wavelength, however, has enough energy to penetrate deep enough to either find some internal surface to reflect back from or penetrate all the way through this dense iceberg. Thus giving it its blue color.
EnglishRose 17 271 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2005 1:33AM
Wow, I thought you had been doing some selective colouring. This looks so cool (no pun internded!).

Casper 16
1 Apr 2005 1:44AM
outstanding work
starliz 17 1.6k 3 England
1 Apr 2005 2:03AM
wonderful contrast interesting info...great shot.
paulstefan 16 509 1 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2005 2:06AM
Amazing shot of an awesome view.
click, Paul
jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
1 Apr 2005 3:18AM
It looks powerful the iceberg

chrissycj 16 1
1 Apr 2005 3:52AM
Looks a very cold iceberg. Very effective.

Mixpix 17 1.1k England
1 Apr 2005 4:35AM
Stunning shot and here was me thinking icebergs are all white. I like the rays of sunlight breaking through the clouds as well. Nice one.

firzhugh 16 13 New Zealand
1 Apr 2005 4:56AM
beautiful shot, nice tones
MarkyMarc 16 498 Canada
1 Apr 2005 7:16AM
Great shot, the iceberg looks like a giant SeaDoo!



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