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P O W E R of Geysir

P O W E R of Geysir
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Copyright: Ralf Lukovic (ralfsworld) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 492 W: 93 N: 1903] (6560)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-10
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon EF-S 17-85mm F4-5.6 IS USM
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Geysers [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-09-13 5:38
Viewed: 4581
Points: 28
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Todays post is something different from birds. I find this shot in my old archives from 2005. Place is somewhere on the south part of island Iceland and as you can see it was really dark in the end of day. This was in the middle of the October and it was really cold...

Captured with my old 20D @ 17mm, handhold.

All of the world's hot springs are named after the great Geysir, located in the south west regions of Iceland. Geysir began erupting in the early 14th century, at least thats the year it went on reccord, and stopped in the early 20th century, some say Geysir whent still due to the thousands of rocks tourists and locals threw in it attempting to set the geyser off. Some say Geysir just got tired and needed a rest.

Geysir, south west Iceland
One of the must see when visting Iceland is Geysir and the Geysir area, park. As you enter the park area around Geysir in south west Iceland, you can't but notice the phenomenal steam rising from hot springs, vents and streams all over the area.

As mentioned before, of all Icelandic word there is only one that is used nearly unchanged in the English Language "Geyser", pronunciation is the same and it nearly has the same spelling. Even though the word refers to all geysers in general, there is only one real Geysir and thats the one in south west Iceland. Sadly the once great Geysir has somewhat faded out and been "shy" for some decates. But when it performs it sure lives up to its name, as "The Geysir", extruding a jet of steaming water, offen more than 150 to 200 feet to wards the sky's.

Strokkur, Geysirs side-kick
It's alternate, though far less majestic, is Geysirs neighbour Strokkur (translation: piston, cylinder or as most call it "The Churn"), Strokkur only manages to squirt it's steaming water a meagre 60 to 100 feet about once every five. The Geyser area in south west Iceland is also great to walk, there are many marked walking paths that that lead past steaming vents and colorful, mineral-rich mud formations, plus versions of "hobbit like" geysers (hot springs) that are fun to see, but be be careful not to wander too close or off the marked paths, the Geysir area can be hazardous.

What will become of Geysir?
The water level in the Geysir has been artificially lowered, but recent volcanic activity has reactivated it, so Geysir has somewhat found it's renewed life. Unfortunately, Geysir now erupts to no specific timetable, so there's no guarantee that it'll but on a show when you're there.

Why does a geyser erupt?
Geysirs eruption occurs when boiling water within the geyser, trapped by cooler water above it, explodes, forcing its way to the surface. The second photograph from top was taken as the geyser Strokkur was in the process of erupting.

source: infoiceland.com

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-09-13 5:56]

Hi Ralf,

A nice capture of this geysir,well captured with good POV and exposure,I have been many times at iceland (with ship),but unfortunately never saw a change to visit a place like this (portstay was very short and normally we had to discharge in 5 to 6 ports in iceland,but who knows I might return as tourist someday),tfs


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-09-13 7:19]

Hi Ralkf,
an excellent moment frozen in time...super detail in the spray that contrasts against the grey, moody sky very well and great exposure too..this has a kind of Tolkien feel to it. Wish i had something like this sitting my archives!!!

Wonderful shot. Nice POV and well presented with this extreme fountain. Very nice shot.
Best wishes,

Hej Ralf,
det var verkligen inte en fågel ;-)
men en mycket fin bild mend fint skärpdjup och vackra färger.
Du har lyckats frysa vattnet på en snyggt sätt.
Very well done.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-09-13 8:33]

Hej Ralf,
Fine capture of an Icelandic geyser frozen at a good moment against a dramatic dark sky, the geyser showing up well against the dark sky BG.

Wow! Lovely capture of a great moment in nature...

Hi Ralf,
I am glad you got this out of your archive and into your gallery. This is a wonderful photo of a beautiful geyser. The presence of the buildings and human give a perfect idea of the size. The soft texture in the water spay and the moody sky are wonderful.

P.S. added to my Geyser theme

Hello Ralf,
A beautiful 'bird' you posted here;-)
I like the foreground as well the background; the latter is very moody.
Well done. Great content.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-09-13 15:39]

Those are amazing details around the edges of the geyser -- proof of how fast the central column was moving!
Wonderful colours and fine composition

Hi Ralf!
This is a picture from place I always wanted to see. What a great timing and very nice composition! I like also contrast between water and blue sky and very informative note. Really I have to say that for the fist view I though that there are some noises but the true is that these are drops of waters! What a mistake! :>
My best congratulation because of amazing picture and best greetings from Lodz!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-09-14 2:21]

Hi Ralf,
Composition and colors are very good. TFS
Best wishes,

A beauty! TFS and Cheers, Klaus

hej ralf!
mäktigt och snyggt med perfekt frysning!
good work!

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  • Rolf Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 27] (196)
  • [2007-09-17 5:50]

Really nice action shot!

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