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Blue Oasis

Blue Oasis

Hveravellir, Kjolur region of Central Iceland

My reward for traversing several hours of barren desert in Iceland's central highlands was an oasis called Hveravellir, a steaming, bubbling, otherworldly landscape filled with geothermal oddities. I arrived in the dark, but by 3:00 a.m. the rising summer sun revealed an array of colorful features, the centerpiece of which was this pool of intensely blue water cupped in white silica. Beneath dark clouds and in a light rain, a four second tripod-mounted exposure through a standard polarizer rendered the surface of the steaming pool smooth and transparent, allowing the natural coloration of its mineral-laden liquid to shine through.

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Christina Conroy09-Jan-2016 01:05
Stunningly beautiful! V!
followthecoast13-Jan-2013 07:07
basri_eli11-May-2012 07:21
Amazing V!!
Guest 12-Jan-2011 10:09
Very well worth it
Britney10-Dec-2010 16:54
Love the picture i may be young but I knoe so much about putting together colors And tht is AWSOME!!!!
robertoparmiggiani03-Sep-2010 09:18
Fantastic v
Brandon Mardon26-Mar-2010 14:17
Justin 13-Mar-2010 07:43
I haven't been so inspired by so many images in a long time. Amazing what the combination of a great photographer, camera, and subject can do.
Fotis D. Tirokomos12-Feb-2010 11:59
hypercosmic atmosphere
Zane Paxton11-Oct-2009 09:36
Surreal & compelling; very well done!
Guest 18-Sep-2009 04:03
Algis Kemezys11-Apr-2009 04:10
I need to get out to these kind of places more often because they leave me speechlessssssssssssss.
Yves Rubin17-Mar-2009 04:17
What an amazing blue! A terrific image, and a memorable one at that. BV!
Hal Olson01-Feb-2009 19:17
This is a great shot. Fantastic color, great eye-candy! ...V
Bahniman Roy 25-Jan-2009 01:20
Superb, surreal, out-of-the world!
Guest 22-Dec-2008 03:06
Absolutely beautiful image!!!
So did you jump in? :D
dpimaging17-Dec-2008 06:13
Saw this over on FM. This is easily one of the 5 best images I have seen in the last 5 or 6 years. I am simply amazed and astounded with this image. Congrats!
Thierry Lucas11-Dec-2008 21:24
Wonderful. V
J Ponces12-Oct-2008 10:40
Absolutly stunning!
Justin Bonaparte12-Oct-2008 06:10
pete jackson30-Sep-2008 09:49
I love the translucence of the pool. great photo.
Guest 18-Sep-2008 16:01
voted for sure, is this planet Earth? right!
Erik Aaseth10-Sep-2008 18:13
An almost surreal image!
The destitute range of colors impose a nearly gloomy mood into the scenery,
emphisised by the desolate surrounding landscape, let alone that dark and
slightly threatening sky.
Like I said, surreal, like another planet...
Big vote from me!

That said, I have actually been there!
I stayed for the night at Hveravellir, overlooking the Kjølur landscape,
while Longajøkul lay sofly glowing in the midnight sun, far out in the distance.
Ing 31-Aug-2008 16:31
Your work is breathtaking! Fantastic photo!
Quy Tran26-Aug-2008 21:17
Amazing shot!
the omega25-Aug-2008 23:54
Derek Daniel24-Aug-2008 08:13
Stunning! Voted!
J. Scott Coile22-Aug-2008 16:29
Stunning pure blue moody perfection. Awesome!
Robert_Wang :-)22-Aug-2008 04:05
Beautiful image. V
Carolyn Rasmussen21-Aug-2008 20:36
Stunning! V
Mattias Backström20-Aug-2008 23:02
You've got to be kidding me...
Piotr Siejka20-Aug-2008 18:40
Absolute killer!!!
Alina20-Aug-2008 13:39
Fantastic capture! v
Steve Sharp18-Aug-2008 19:51
Sigh!, this one is just too beautiful for words.
Nuno Boavida18-Aug-2008 00:18
Wow... wonderful image and scenary so peaceful. V
Robert Charity17-Aug-2008 19:49
yes very dreamy, great light and mood, v
Albert J Valentino15-Aug-2008 23:27
Wonderful in everyway. Voted
Juha-Pekka Kervinen15-Aug-2008 14:15
Oh yes. Mysterious, surreal, eery - yet peaceful. Spectacular color. vote x 2
Sue Robertson15-Aug-2008 05:42
this really is an exceptional image!.. v
Petros Labrakos14-Aug-2008 10:30
effective colour work
excellent done!
Michael Lin14-Aug-2008 03:45
this is heaven
Paul L-R13-Aug-2008 14:57
I love the ethereal glow of the water and the light. Superb work V
suriya nuntasukhon13-Aug-2008 07:35
just like dream...
Richie Hatch12-Aug-2008 21:51
amazing image...!
Todd Trask09-Aug-2008 05:09
John Lamb09-Aug-2008 00:56
Another great image. Love the abstraction. John
Alan Kwok08-Aug-2008 04:48
Absolutely love the blue tones - unbelievably powerful.
Hans-Peter Henriksen starman07-Aug-2008 20:35
Fantastic scenery - no reason to travel to March (yes march is read but the landscape is as from another world.)Excellent. v.
Wayne Barsky 06-Aug-2008 17:49
What a beautiful, dream-like image!
Rob Oele06-Aug-2008 11:16
Fantastic. V
Jason Merlo06-Aug-2008 03:18
amazing image, v
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