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The Briksdalsbreen

The Briksdalsbreen
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Copyright: Ruud van den Berg (Robespierre) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 178 W: 2 N: 329] (1424)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07-26
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor AF-S 18-70 DX ED (IF)
Exposure: f/8, 1/340 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): European Glaciers [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-04-05 17:30
Viewed: 6967
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A view on the Briksdalbreen (glacier) in Norway. The Briksdal is part of the Jostedalsbreen, with 475 km2 the largest glacier in Europe. On several places of the Jostedalsbreen the height is more than 2.000 m above sea level. In general, at these places, one is supposing that the ice cap reaches a thickness of more than 450 meters.
The average mountain height in the area is 1.700 m, the average ice thickness 300 m.
The Jostedalsbreen has 24 glacier tongues, and some of them are easy to reach.
Very well known is the route from Olden to Briksdal Restaurant (24 km). From there, a small path in an overwhelming nature, goes upwards via a mighty waterfall to Briksdalsbreen. This walk will take you in a small hour to this fantastic panorama.

When you notice the glacier walkers in this picture you get the right impression of the dimensions of this ice pack.

greghume, Luc, pablominto, Aramok, coasties, Dando, cedryk, jeanpaul, Brodel, cicindela, sranjan has marked this note useful
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Hi Ruud,

Are those little specks people on that glacier?? It's really hard to grasp the scale on this image. It's a great photograph. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Evelynn : )

Hello Ruud
A frozen waterfall - great blue and gray tones. I had no idea about the scale until reading Evelynn's note. Excellent composition, but I would wish for a panorama to see the entire front face. The sky is overexposed, you might consider bracketing the exposure and compositing the shot.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-04-05 22:11]

Bonsoir Ruud,

Suprenante et magnifique endroit.



Hello Ruud,
Very pleasant image of the glacier!
Dynamic X-type composition, fine colours and good details...
The inclusion of people really gives an impression of the scale of this phenomenon!
Pablo -

I love pictures of glaciers and this one is no exception. As greghume states, a panaramic involving all of the front face would have been nice, but difficult to get teh exposure correct across the 2 shots to get everyhting exposed correct and without the join being visible.

I have to say that the picture is not as blue as I remeber them being, but maybe it is my memory that has faded, it was 15-20years ago that I was last there (as a child)...

Anyhow, TFS.

Hi Ruud

A perfect shot that is well composed. Excellent POV looking up the glacier. My husband and I did a Helihike on the Franz Josef Glacier here in New Zealand last year. What an amazing experience.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-04-06 8:15]

Hi Ruud, amazing image. Great contrast between the ice and the rocks. Great colours and detial. TFS.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-04-09 11:48]

Hello Ruud,
Very nice composition and amazing colours of the ice. It could be even more interesting if the sky was cropped out.
Best greetings,

Bonjour Ruud
Elle est très bien réussie cette prise de vue de ce joli Glacier qui descend vers l'océan. Les cou leurs sont magnifiques ainsi que la composition .J'apprécie les teintes de gris et de bleu dans cette rivière de glace.
Mer et au revoir....JP

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  • Kris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 0 N: 129] (1818)
  • [2006-04-27 12:45]

Hi Ruud,
Nice and interesting place to be photographed.
Good shot. Amazing colours and atmosphere like not from this world. Regards Krzysztof

Hi Ruud,

Amazing shot.
Excellent composition and expositon.
Very well done!!!

TFS :-)

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  • Brodel (74)
  • [2006-09-07 16:43]

Hi! It´s beautiful.
TFS. Congratulations!!!!!!!

Hello Ruud!
At first I have to say that this is note easy to choose 1 picture from your gallery to comment it. So I decided to do it one by one ;)
This time a very beauty photo presenting the "ice river". This picture remembers me visit on Spitsbergen where such beautiful pictures could be observed almost everywhere.
Your phot is really great: good details, nice light, interesting (documentary) POV.
TFS and best greetings,

Hello Ruud,
Excellent capture of this glacier tongue, probably facing North as I see Brisdal in the Google Earth. The clarity, sharpness without distortion is superb. The size of glacier is mammoth with appealing icy blue color. What is the average moving rate of this glacier? Cheers for wonderful coverage of this part of mother earth. :)
Warm regards-Ranjan

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