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Copyright: Shir Goldberg (shirgold) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 286 W: 105 N: 591] (2748)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03-11
Categories: Trees, Mountain
Camera: Nikon D70, 18-70 AF-S DX 3.5 - 4.5 Nikkor, SanDisk Ultra-II 1Gb
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Your Favorite Images, Winter Landscapes, 5 favs. and up [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-03-31 9:19
Viewed: 19308
Favorites: 9 [view]
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The top of the Kuntivaara fell looks like another planet during winter covered with thick snow and ice.
The objects in the picture are actually trees forming fantastic shapes (did you find the elf already?)
Original image is larger but I used this crop to get a natural framing for the trees in the background.

Kuntivaara is fairly high, 481 m above sea level. It is located near the Eastern border, and from its top one has a breathtaking view to the fell tops in Salla, Iivaara in Southern Kuusamo and across the Russian border. The slopes of Kuntivaara are fairly steep, but there is a relatively easy access along a path leading to the top from the Eastern side (the length of the path being appr. 2 km). There is a Lappish kota-type shelter on the hilltop for rest and/or shelter. You can get to Kuntivaara from Kuusamo along Vuotunki road (8690); take the road to Särkiluoma after Jyrkänkoski (before Vuotunki village) and follow the signs for Kuntivaara. Source

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Brrrrrr! the spring is coming here.
Very nice shot, good composition and colour.

WOW ! ! !
What a landscape...

Hi Shir!
I must congratulate you for this fantastic picture. What an atmosphere you have captured here!
To get such rich tones and shades in the snow-scape speaks volumes about your skill and creative eye.
Thanks for sharing.


Good comp - Good detail
Like POV


Hi Shir,
What a stunning photo. The details in the snow are just amazing. The dark blue color of the snow with the grey sky and the great light are just perfect.

Very interesting shot here Shir, the lanscape there looks amazing in this way. Nice one and thanks for sharing.


Hi Shir,

I think this is a stunning composition. I love the blue that the camera imparts to snowy images. It is quite beautiful. I guess if nature makes you endure long winters it is only fair that she give you such beauty in return.


Evelynn : )

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  • emmari Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 0 N: 387] (3105)
  • [2006-03-31 13:21]

It's a really masterpiece of art. Nothing to add.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-03-31 13:43]
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Hi Shir,
A beautiful shot, the tonal contrasts are superb, I think this would work very well in BW also. Excellent detail and great composition. It's almost like some kind of alien landscape. Beautiful.

Hi Shir,
that's marvelous, like looking through a dreamworld, I love it, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Shir!
Very beautiful capture. POV,DOF,colors, composition and framing are marvelous. TFS. Congratulations...
Ali Rıza

wonderful and impressive

Into my favorite with this one Shir, this
is just marvelous and wonderful. Great light and texture and figures in my dreams. Well done.

amazing shot, Shir, well done!!!

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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2006-04-01 12:39]

That's a dwarf surely! Wonderful scene with great DOF, like the composition you chose, the gaze is directed effectively to the elf/dwarf in the background, and travels back to the one whose face is looking over the stone in the middle ground. I also found an ork to the left ;-)
Well spotted and captured beautifully. Straight to my favorites!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-04-01 13:35]

This is a stunning snow scene, Shir.
I love the different snow forms in the foreground, the mid-ground, and the background. They are all different in light, color, and texture, and they all have something to say.
A masterpiece. TFS. : )

Hi Shir

Yes, I found the Elf! Spectactular shot. Wonderful colours, textures and shapes. Stunning work. :-)

i wish i was there now...instead i have to put up with heat in florida...lol AWSOME feelings looking at your shot....beautiful colours....

Hi Shir,
Very "cool" shot! ;}}
Seriously, it's an excellent work, with very good detail, light and depth of field. Congratulations on this, Very well done!

Hi Shir!

Magnificent image. It's part nature, part abstract. Focus and DOF are excellent. Exposure couldn't be better with shadows and highlights full of details.
Snowland could be a fantastic world where live and incredible Snowman.

Great shot and TFS

WOW - what can I say - this is amazing and very very well captured and presented.

Stunning. the detail, colours and exposure are all spot on. Wow.

Glad I found it.... (you posted it whilst I was on holiday...)

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2006-04-04 15:00]

Hi Shir,
Well....what can i say...out of this world seems apropriate!Unbelievable shapes with great texture and beautiful shadows.
Regards, David

I'm almost speechless!

Technically perfect, in all areas. POV is breathtaking. Atmosphere and freezing coldness almost here to touch!


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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-04-10 2:33]

Hello Shir! What a great composition! Freeze and nice sculptured view! Well done shot! Wonderful lights!!!
All the best!

WOW... really another planet!!! Thanks for sharing Shir, you made my day!!!!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-05-14 22:00]

Bonjour Shir!

Fantastique et original éclairage et prise de vue.

Merci pour l'envoie.

i'ts cold!

Amazing shot. Great subject and well rendered. My only suggestion would be to brighten it a bit to get it closer to the natural color.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2006-10-18 15:45]

Cze¶æ Shir. FANTASTYCZNE ZDJÊCIE !!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Oz1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 75 W: 2 N: 174] (1012)
  • [2006-11-26 15:41]

Shalom Shir,
Amazing photo you made here...
There are so many things in this image that I like, first is the amazing colors that you captured so well. the composition is great, so are the details. what can I say?
I just wish I could see that with my own eyes.
very well done and TFS!!

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  • abtinn (0)
  • [2006-11-28 2:04]

wonderful & dreamy.

Hey Shir,

Suddenly saw this picture in your collection. Super shot! Absolutely amazing. Nothing else to say :)
Well done

Stunning image! Very sharp and crisp and the blue tones work very well. Levels/exposure are very good, probably slightly darker than in real life, but that has brough out more detail.

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  • rimas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 157 W: 3 N: 667] (5094)
  • [2007-05-03 1:54]

Hello Shir!
This is AWESOME. Fantastic clarity, amazing snow and ice formation. Masterpiece of art work.

amazijng pic, nice to see it in the hear of late May in Israel. TFS Ori

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  • BobH Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 8 N: 192] (650)
  • [2009-03-20 7:40]


How could I have missed this fabulous image before? Favorites lists are so useful! Very helpful note (I would never have thought those strange piles of snow are actually trees).


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