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Dancing flames above the Ice by alexandre-deschaumes Dancing flames above the Ice by alexandre-deschaumes
Dancing flames above the ice ...

This warm/cold opposition was a very decliate work .. quite hard to find the correct equilibrium. Maybe still too experimental for some of you , maybe a bit too much 'surrealism' .. But in fact . the blue hue in the dark tones was an interesting compliment for the upper sky's color . the warm balance was quite cold on the icy part .. I've mixed two bracketed shots .. And tried to keep the essence and simplicity of the composition.

© Alexandre Deschaumes
Jokulsarlon ; Iceland 2010

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Suggester said; "What an amazing mix of colors! Can you imagine what it must have been like to be there? It's an amazing shot!"

Dancing flames above the Ice by *autumn-ethereal ( Suggested by TimberClipse and Featured by Anoya )
The frozen tundras of the arctic. In many aspects its environment can be one of the most grueling and tortuous areas on this planet. Forever testing the wills of both man and animals alike the sub-zero temperatures constantly lick at your body like frozen whips as you make your way through this frozen wasteland. As you brave your way through this inhospitable land, you are then granted the sight of your life. The rising light of the sun slowly begins to caress the surface of the icy landscape, and illuminates the scene for you to behold. The sparkling ice crystals that once fell before you as an obstacle, now lay about you to create a frozen mural for you to gaze upon. With icy white paint, nature has bestowed upon you an almost living portrait, breathing life about the environment for all creatures both large and small to entice themselves in the spectacle. Watching the fainting lights of the sun dancing gently upon the reflective surfaces of the ice and snow is a genuine feast for the senses. Few sights upon this earth grant an individual with such a feeling of serenity as well as piece of mind as these, and when said scene has been experienced by someone it is truly something that you will never forget for the rest of your life. Dancing flames above the Ice, created by the rather talented photographer *autumn-ethereal, grants us such a view without the toil of enduring the cold winds of the tundras. Combining the warming intensity of the sun above and the frozen wastes of the tundras below in a completely new light that is easily capable of garnering the attention of any viewer and leaving them their as if frozen before its beauty.

Just with one simple glance at this photograph, once can easily see the great amount of effort that was placed into taking and setting up this piece. The brightness and contrasting balance perfectly compliment the structure of the composition without appearing overbearing in some parts or even dominating parts of the piece to make it appear unbalanced. From the beautiful colors above the scene down to the frozen environment underneath, this piece has managed to generate an outstanding equilibrium of the "hot and cold" concept that backs it's composition. The clouds and light above the land dancing in the sky as if they are the passionate flames of mother nature bursting forth to illuminate the frozen world beneath its licking embers, as the icy world almost seems to bask in its glow as if it wishes to be warmed by its light and rejuvenate itself under its warmth. To have taken such a shot takes quite a bit of photographic talent and patience, both things that both this image and its photographer appear to exude from every single part of their beings.

If there was one small thing I could suggest for this piece would have been to try and experimented with various angles on the piece. Perhaps by doing so, you could have captured the flames in the sky in not only a calming effect but perhaps in a more dynamic light in themselves. Another thought would have been to try a slight depth of field effect to focus more on the larger rock formation in the foreground, better emphasizing the icier core of the entire as well as capturing a completely different personality within the whole composition. Just by experimentation we are able to come up so many more possibilities for our works even after they have been completed.

In a sense, hot and cold work almost hand in hand with each other despite being vastly different elements. In many was they have shown to exist in a more natural harmony that others would normally see them in. Dancing flames above the Ice does an outstanding job of capturing said harmony and immortalizing the act before us into a singular photograph. With a beautiful presentation of both landscape and atmosphere, as well as beautiful natural coloring and composition, this piece is easily worthy of any viewer or collection. Great work on this piece autumn-ethereal, and I look forward to many more of your piece in the near future. :clap:
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MyPhotographsOfLife Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful :heart: 
Customgirl12 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Student General Artist
Bravo image!
Pretty-Planet Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
MorganWolfram Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Student Writer
Danvanbilderbeek Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Photographer
Great job man!
Myronavitch Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
A stunning image.
InkEmplumar Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist
Wow its BEAUTIFUL !!!!!!!!!
joeltonongkh Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
national geographic standard...
fal-name Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012   Photographer
:wave: [link] it is really beautiful. enjoy the feature! :heart:
AngeKrystaleen Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Les couleurs sont sublime, le contraste rend très très bien !
CatherinePeguet Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Juste magnifique !
Felicitality Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
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OctoFlash Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011
let me put it to you this way:
i really don't get why the =SkillZombie did give you a 5 star critique but maybe that's just me.
not only this one piece in particular, everything i've seen in your gallery so far is visionary and an inspiration to me! :D

i'm also impressed to see a photographer share that much background stories, which is informative and makes the whole thing more interesting!
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aixado Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
vous savez à capter l'atmosphère magistralement!!:clap:
moeenn Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Love the Colours
Gwenn-Art Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Magnifique! L'opposition entre les bleus et les orangés est parfaite, de même que le contraste entre tes tons sombres et tes lumières!

La formation de glace qui s'élève au milieu est incroyable, tout comme le ciel qui la surplombe, comme si l'horizon s'embrasait littéralement tout en laissant intact ce monde de neige et de glace... Encore une fois, on est transporté dans un autre monde pour quelques instants, et c'est un univers merveilleux que tu nous dévoiles :)
Myriam111 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
As always gorgeous work! :phae:
Odessa2012 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011   Photographer
your work is haunting - beautiful ;)
JacquelineBarkla Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Professional Photographer
your stunning work has been featured on my page [link] :)
NeoStockz Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Featured here: [link]

Love the work

Conzz 8-)
Mohain Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011
amazing capture
alexandre-deschaumes Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
thank you very much:!
baileysmomentsintime Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011   Photographer
Hi :wave:

I have featured this in my journal :heart:
Anoya Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011   Photographer

I wanted to let you know that this deviation has been featured in the APN Daily Deviations - January 2011 News article! :aww:
alexandre-deschaumes Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Professional Photographer
Anoya Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011   Photographer
No problem =)
JaNiZaRy Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
Really like the composition on this piece. Simple, yet elegant.
alexandre-deschaumes Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
thank you very much:!
DramaThrills Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
well deserved DD! I love all of the colors and light in this shot! And the composition is perfect as well!
HeatherWaller-Rivet Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Professional Photographer
featured in my journal:wave:[link]
CharmingPhotography Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow... well deserved dd.... its an amazing shot xx
NMKI Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
This is a very powerful shot, I'm captivated..
NMKI Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
This is a very powerful shot, I'm captivated..
Cgrav100 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
I love this photo right many different layers and types of colors. This is amazing, nice shot :)
Ellygator Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
fantastic clouds that really mirror and continue the bizarre ice shapes.
alexandre-deschaumes Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
thanks !!
Sethsia Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
Wow, simply stunning <3
NineteenBrokenSmiles Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
Perfect balance.
TaGiRoCkS Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
alexandre-deschaumes Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Professional Photographer
Erikku-Kun Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This shot is beautiful! :wow:
sevanusdionisius Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011   Photographer
that's so amaze menn!!!

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HumanLG Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
markie2k Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome photo! Well-deserved DD
alexandre-deschaumes Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Professional Photographer
thank you
ArwenArts Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Professional Photographer
Awesome shot and colors! Congrats for the DD :clap:
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II
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1/166 second
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144 mm
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Date Taken
Sep 19, 2010, 6:57:29 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS5 (12.0x20100115 [20100115.m.998 2010/01/15:02:00:00 cutoff; m branch]) Windows
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