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Dracula's Fangs

Dracula's Fangs
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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-05
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Olympus 740UZ
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Caves and cave life., Best of Olympus 740UZ [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-09 4:12
Viewed: 5847
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
First picture from our loooong Romanian trip. This is from Scarisoara Ice Cave in Apuseni Mountains [I love Romanian names!].

Scarisoara, cave sculptured in the Jurassic limestones, is situated at the South of Bihor Mountains (Apuseni Mountains), and shelter a glacier (with an area of almost 5550 m2 and a volume varying between 40000 and 55000 m3).
The entrance in the cave (at 1200 m altitude) is by a hole (48 m deep) which is linked with a by hall, circular, and by which is possible the access to the other halls.

It has galleries like Maxim Pop, Palatul Sanzienii (with beautiful limestone concretional forms), which connect the hall among them, as the Church, the New Church, the Cathedral s.o. Many hall have ice on the floor.
In the winter the air temperature from the cave has the same variations that the temperature around the entrance hole; in the summer the temperature is constantly under 0°C.

Temperature was below zero degrees for sure - it was cold place but full of miracles! Ice sculptures made by nature, shinning sparks in ice, and first of all - cave itself. Huge, with different textures on walls and many interesting forms of ice stalagmites and stalactites.

Entrance is high in mountains so we travelled few hours to reach it. Landscapes were breathtaking!

This is my first day in work, so I must be quick, but I promiss that there will be much more pictures from Scarisoara!

And message for Steve [LordPotty] - man, I fell in love with caves and caving!!! I want more caves to explore and enjoy ;-)

dew77, Janice, coasties, Xplorator, gerhardt, extramundi, TAZ, Fisher, liquidsunshine, honza, Comandante, LordPotty, JeanMichel, horia has marked this note useful
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To gerhardt: Yeah, right :-)red45 1 05-09 12:03
To extramundi: Holidaysred45 1 05-09 11:59
To Jancie: On my picture...red45 2 05-09 06:47
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It was wonderful time! I miss Transylvania!!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-09 4:18]

Very interresting shot Greg!
Wonderful DOF,lighting and composition.TFS...:-)

Oh Greg, sounds like it was a really special place to visit. I'm looking forward to hearing and seeing more from you. I can't work out what I am looking at here, only I can see the shape of the ice and the drips from it turned into ice stalagmites or stalactites. Looks very intersting. TFS.

I like the darkness in this shot. Hard to believe it is not in B & W. Must have been an awesome sight. Sounds like you both had a wonderful holiday. Look forward to seeing more photos. Nice to have you back :-)

Hahhaa , this was my stomping ground , the Scarisoara ! Thats where I come from the western Carpathians !

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-05-09 6:12]

Woow... Kool shot Greg, excellent DOF, the lighting is great, reflect all the icicle.. very pretty! Thanks for sharing. :-)

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-05-09 6:22]

Hello Greg,

The picture is really something different. In combination with the title it is great. Details are good and the light on the ice is special. It's almost like you shot it in B/W but I see some color in the bottom. Very strange but nice picture. TFS!



po pierwsze to bardzo dobry tytuł:) pobudza do myslenia a o to chodzi:D wykonanie tez jest bardzo fajne:D podoba sie:D

Greg, I see you brought back Dracula's fangs from your trip. Did he give ya much trouble? ;-)) Great impact - Great title, Well done my friend!

Hi Greg, on the one hand I can't help to smily at the irony of you going to colder places when its getting warmer in your neck of the woods. :) Anyway... the scenery do make up for it. Very interesting capture. And welcome back. Show us more... :)

Beautiful image, Greg. It looks almost sepia with this moody and soft tones. This textures are very difficult to get, and more in an artistic shot like this one.
Are you still thinking about holidays in Spain this year?
Regards, Felipe.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-09 11:50]

Belle et originale composition pour ces glacons de dracula. Bonne netteté grâce à la profondeur de champ bien maitrisée.
Well Done !

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-05-09 14:11]

A beauty, Greg.
Excelent capture and well done on this artistic composition.


Great capture Greg,
The ice formation looks great, this would be a great B&W image.
Thanks for posting

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-05-09 15:36]

ciekawy eksperyment fotograficzny. Nowe inspiracje po rajdzie do Rumunii? Czekamy na nastêpne.
Pzdr. Al.

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2005-05-09 16:05]

Nice shot from your trip Greg. Fantastic "sculpture", perfect composition. I was on trip in Italy two weeks ago, I can upload some orchid pictures too.

It's very interresting unusual shot Greg!
DOF and composition are wonderful.Thanks for sharing.

Beautiful artistic composition, just gret.
Well done.

Great shot!
There is at last Spring here and you're going so far to photograph ice ;-)
The shot is really good and has great mood. Perfect POV and composition. Great light.
I like it very much.
Well done!

PS. Dzieki za odpowiedz :-)

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-05-10 17:39]

Very strange graphic shot. Like the transparency of the icycles. Well captured.
Regards. Toni

Wow! Amazing formations Greg!
Ice caves are fantastic.I saw a great book (Swiss,I think) called 'Radiant Darkness', all about ice caves.
Another great caving book is 'Lecheguilla,Jewel of the Underground'.That is a huge cave in New Mexico with awesome formations.

Very well seen, Greg! These icy sticks of different shades are amazing. Nice place (and country, I guess) to visit. Even nature is leading you to shoot strange forms. Very good picture definition and hues on a difficult subject.

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