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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-07
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Zenith 12 XP, Helios 58mm 1:2, @ ISO 100
Exposure: f/5.8
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Seascapes; Sea Views; Coastal Views, Landscapes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-17 8:29
Viewed: 5806
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my Friends!!!
After some really bussy days finally I come back on TN ;>
Today I would like to show you a photo from my archieve, from the times when I did not have a digital camera but only a very good Russian camera - Zenit 12XP :) So this is a scan only, but I hope still interesting for you.

The photo was taken in inner part of Kongsfjorden (NW Spitsbergen) what can be easy noted thanks to icecliffs in BG and very characteristic colouration of water masses.

During the summer period waters of Kongsfjorden have two different colours. The intensive red colour is because some waters came from the land of the fjord. They bring an organic suspension from the icecliffs, and as the "sweet" waters are present on the surface of the fjord's water masses. The typical marine waters are "salt" and come from the Atlantic. They are also more "weighty".
When sweet waters from icecliffs and ice rivers meet with salt ones from Atlantic the "mixed zone" can be easy observed, just like on this picture. For the first view it looks like a simply line which divides these two types of water masses, but it really is not so simple. The salt waters is "getting down" under the sweet waters from the land so the zone of mixation is present not only on the fjord's surface. It looks rather like a "sweet wedge" pressing into the Atlantic water masses :)
Such wedge can be even a few kilometers long and takes up to 10-30% of Kongsfjorden lenght.

According to Kongsjorden, this is the second fjord (after Hornsund) from Svalbard Archipelago placed among European special marine places as the Flagship Biodiversity Area.

If you like, please feel free to see my earlier pictures from Spitsbergen here.

As always, any comments are welcome :>

Silvio2006, Antarctic, Bufo, Juyona, delic, ramthakur, extramundi, horia, cedryk, SkyF, dew77, JORAPAVI, meyerd, szatanowska has marked this note useful
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To ramthakur: old pictures :)cicindela 1 04-19 07:29
To SunToucher: snanned picturescicindela 1 04-19 07:07
To ramthakur: Thanks for your critic.extramundi 1 04-17 14:48
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Hi Radomir, wonderful postcard from Norway with splendid light and colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2007-04-17 9:33]

Hi Radomir,
Very interesting note and nice shot from so far places. Wonderful colors.

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-04-17 9:43]

Hi Radomir,
it's been a while since I saw one of your pictures and now in the short moment at work I looked in the gallery and came across your image. Nice to see one again from Spitsbergen, and if I'm not mistaing this is Ossian sarsfjellet, a perfect spot to see Uria lomvia and two Pedicularis species. In the background one of the tree kroner, but dunno if it's Nora, Svea or Dana.
Just great to see it again...I am going back to Spitsbergen in August. But first Poland in May with the family. Really looking forward to it!
By the way...I still have to process the images you asked for. A little more patience: I'll send them to you as soon as I have them in the right format.
Regards, Jacob

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-04-17 9:52]

Hola Radomir,
bella postal,
detalles originales,
buen pov,
gran trabajo...

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-04-17 11:01]

Hi mRadomir

A really interesting - and good shot. I did not see this when I was in Spitzbergen. I think this is a really excellent scan also.


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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-04-17 12:02]

Hello Radomir,
Interesting phenomenon with the color of the sea. Not sure if I understand it fully, but definitely something to be explored further. Photo is excellent.
Best wishes,

Hello Radomir,
For people of older generation like me, this kind of photography looks more familiar :-).
All said and done about the plus points of modern digital photography, you can't beat the fun and pleasure of taking shots on films and slides. You knew you couldn't be frivolous about taking a shot; it cost both time and money -- time to wait for the final outcome after the film would be washed and printed and money that one paid to get the film washed and printed. Today you delete an image on a digital camera without batting an eyelid!

This is a beautiful image of a glacier across the water flanked by ridges and peaks. The layers of colours make a lovely composition and the depth of view is remarkable.
I really enjoyed looking at this picture.

The quality of this scan is very good, all this gentle but strong colours really make a different seascape, it looks like a desert landscape at first :)
Very beautiful image to illustrate the well explained phenomenon. Really different and interesting post, TFS.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-04-17 16:21]

Hi Radek

Another charming photo from your archives!
The shores of Norway are indeed magnificent!
The icecliffs are also a blast are are well visible here.
The tones you mentioned are interesting, too... :) (i would have never pictured them this way...don't know why).
Lovely details throughout the entire frame and a superb composition!

Bravo and TFS

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-04-17 17:45]

Kolejna ladna fotka z zimnych rejonow. Dobrze wywazona trojdzielna kompozycja planow. Interesujacy temat no i gora o bardzo ciekawym ksztalcie.

Jesli zas chodzi o jakosc skanu i jego obrobke to uwazam, ze jakosc jest dobra i z obrobka tez sobie swietnie poradziles.


This is a fascinating image. It isn't a bad scan either though the color is just a tad off of natural ( blue sky looks a bit too yellow)?? maybe.

Thanks for sharing as interesting post and note.

Evelynn : )

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-04-18 8:47]

Hi Radomir,
a lovely postcard it is, the scenery is incredible. Very interesting colors of the water, I never seen this either down in Sout America or in Alaska. You explained this phonemomen very well, your note is very interesting.
POV, colors and textures are great. Very well composed landscape.

Most interesting shot, Radomir.
Good note. Pure nature displayed here.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-04-18 11:38]

Hello Radomir,
Very interesting place.You caught it very well.Colors,exposure and focus are perfect.

Hi Radomir,
The color of the water is really interesting. I am always amazed how sharp the edge between the two types of waters are. The view on the mountain and the glacier are really spectacular and show the rough nature of this desolate country perfectly.
Beeing that it is an old scanned photo, the quality is very good..

What an amazing landscape, great depth and beautiful colours. Beautiful country.
Best wishes,

Hi Radomir,
Impressive landscape from the end of the world!. I like the desolation of the place and the nice composition, showing naked rock, glacier and red waters, all in one! Great job

Hola Radomir,
Sorprendente y muy bello el contraste de colores de este hábitat tan curioso, gracias por compartirlo. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2007-04-22 15:58]

Witaj, Radomire!
It's a great display of these northern parts of the ocean! Excellent explanation note too!

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2007-04-24 15:49]

Hello Radomir,
I come late to add my praise. The picture is just great, the composition, the strange light, the unusual colours, but also the sharpness. To thinks that this is a scan... (I'm like Ram of the "older generation" and have presented scanned slides). Thanks for this series of Spitzbergen, a real pleasure to see.
Yours always,

Hello Radomir.
Very lovely view. nice colours and well scanned. great composition, with the background arangement and the red sea in the foreground. Well done.
Regards, Steve.

Czesc Radomir!
Widze ze tu bylam i nie wyskrobalam nic:)
no wiec zdjecie jest niewypowiedzianie oszalamiajace!
Jedyne w swoim rodzaju..nigdy czegos takiego nie widzialam i nie mialam pojecia ze istnieje wogole..Krew i lod w jednym

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