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Having a Smoke

Having a Smoke
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Copyright: Karan Little (hester) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-09
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Sicily
Theme(s): Volcanoes and Volcanic Areas [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-22 14:58
Viewed: 3948
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The SE crater, which you can see in the BG of this photo, erupted just two days before I took this shot. I am standing here at 3000m with hot feet and yet surrounded by snow. For Stromboli I had awful weather but as you can see here the weather was glorious.

Etna Wikipedia
Mount Etna (also known as Mongibeddu in Sicilian and Mongibello in Italian, a combination of Latin mont- meaning mountain and the local word for beautiful) is an active volcano on the east coast of Sicily, close to Messina and Catania. It is the largest active volcano in Europe, currently standing about 3,326 m (10,910 ft) high, though it should be noted that this varies with summit eruptions; the mountain is 21.6 m (71 ft) lower now than it was in 1865. It is the highest mountain in Italy south of the Alps. Etna covers an area of 1,190 km² (460 square miles) with a basal circumference of 140 km. This makes it by far the largest of the three active volcanoes in Italy, being nearly three times the height of the next largest, Mount Vesuvius.

Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and is in an almost constant state of eruption. Although it can occasionally be very destructive, it is not generally regarded as being particularly dangerous

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Hi Karan.
Interesting shot. Mount Etna is perfect. Great atmosphere. Well done. tfs. Stev

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-05-22 16:00]
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Hi Karan

Another really fascinating shot from you!
It's really interesting to see this blend of warm ground and show one next to the other.
The POV here is great and it really shows an impressive crater getting ready to "spit" some more :))
I see that you weren't the only one up there interested by the phenomenon :))
I have t ask this: i've noticed it in your last post, too, but i only asumed you made that choice on the boat, but here it is today, too...how come you didn't use you Canon on here?
Anyway, the photo is lovely and the note very interesting.

Cheers and TFS

Hi Karan
Very nice landscape. Good exposure on both white and black parts. Very interesting place.
Best wishes

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-05-22 17:10]

selam hester; excellent shot of this landscape ,good details presented , the blue sky is very nice presented, good POV, well captured with splendid colours TFS

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-05-22 18:12]

Hola amiga,
buena perspectiva,
precioso pov,
es interesante el tamaño de las personas,
estupendo disparo y composición...

Hi Karan,
Gorgeous capture!
I like so much the inclusion of the people silhouettes here, it gives me sense of the scale.
Very impressive the slopes and the gases floating by.
I like so much the contrast of the whites from the snow with the intense blue sky.
How lucky to have had such good weather top over!
I found very good and appealing the composition made.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-05-22 23:11]

Hi Karan,
Excellent shot of this landscape. Erupting mountains, smoking plains, snow everywhere and yet hot feet. Must be quite an experience and as I can see you had good company. Wonderful POV and lovely natural colours. The BG mountain gives such an interesting depth. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-05-23 1:10]

Hi Karan

Great shot with excellent composition and DOF.

I was there a few days before you and caught it before and during eruption (in my folder).


Hello Karan,
Interesting point of view gives an unusual composition!
This is an image with many levels, and it would be hard to understand without the people included...
Well framed, impressive dimensions!
Pablo -

Hi Karen,

without the other people in the shot, there would have been no perspective.
I can now appreciate just how huge this vent is. A good informative shot and note.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-05-23 6:27]

Hello Hester,
Nice to see you back on TN. You brought back an excellent picture of the smoking Etna. Very beautiful this parts of snow,and the blue sky contrasting with the dark ground of the mountain. The point of view is also well chosen. Thank's

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-05-23 6:35]

Hi Karan.
What an unusual shot: black-white colour tones and suddenly rich blue sky. Thi is very impressive effect. Amazing combination of snowy parts of the hills. These elements underline the beauty of the relief. POV is great too as well as the sharpness and details of whole image. The reflected smoke is looked very impressive too. My compliments and TFS.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-05-23 7:28]

Hi Karen, it's nice to see you back. Looks like you had a great holiday. Beautiful compositon of the mountain capturing the smoke very well. Great colours and detail.

Bonjour Karan
Superbe endroit,tu as surement de beau souvenir de cette belle escalade et de ces beaux paysages..
Merci pour le partage et amitié...JP

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
  • [2007-05-23 12:54]

Nicely done, Karan. When I saw the thumbnail I thought you had cropped this to tight, then I clicked on the image and the big one with all the silouettes popped out at me. Amazing!

Ciao Karan, great smoking mountain, you don't have fear to stay here?, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Karan,
Now I need to get a fag before I continue my critique....your title made me :)

A wonderful photo where the people give a great feel of scale. The combination of smoke, snow and ashes make this kind of landscape look very stange but interesting. What I really like about this photo is the diagonal line that splits up the photo in two. It somehow works.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-05-25 9:36]

Hi Karan,
fabulous POV, quite amazing view, the snow and than the smoking of the crater some how those contrasts seem so unreal.
Quite the scale here and you showing it off very well, the inclusuion of the people does the trick.

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  • juanjo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 167 W: 8 N: 27] (1142)
  • [2007-05-25 14:20]

Stunning landscape picture with wonderful strong colours
the contrast between the colurs in very nice
only the people in the picture gives an idea of the real distance of the place



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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-05-25 22:46]

Hello Karan

OMG how close did you get to this thing anyway? Amazing to see how many people are wandering around up there.Very good POV.The shot really shows perspective,and gives a sense of the stark atmosphere up there.TFS


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