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Copyright: Vanda Golfetto (vanda) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-02-05
Categories: Mountain
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-09-30 9:40
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Foto scatta dall'aeroporto di Catania.

L’Etna (Mungibeddu o 'a Muntagna in siciliano) è un complesso vulcanico siciliano originatosi nel Quaternario ed ancora attivo. Con le diverse eruzioni ad esso connesse ha modificato incessantemente il paesaggio, minacciando spesso le diverse comunità umane che nei millenni si sono insediate intorno ad esso. La sua superficie è caratterizzata da una ricca varietà di ambienti che alterna paesaggi urbani, folti boschi che conservano diverse specie botaniche endemiche ad aree desolate ricoperte da roccia vulcanica e periodicamente soggette ad innevamento alle maggiori quote.
L'Etna sorge a ovest della costa orientale della Sicilia, nella provincia di Catania ed è attraversato dal 15º meridiano est, che da esso prende il nome.
La sua altezza varia nel tempo a causa delle sue eruzioni che ne determinano l'innalzamento o l'abbassamento. Così nel 2011 raggiungeva i 3.340 m. s.l.m., nel 2010 3.350 m., 3.274 m. nel 1900, 3.326 m. nel 1950 e 3.269 m. nel 1942. Esso occupa una superficie di 1570 km², il suo diametro è di circa 45 chilometri e il suo perimetro è di 65 km. Le sue dimensioni lo pongono tra i maggiori al mondo e, dal punto di vista prettamente geologico, il più alto del continente europeo.
(da Wikipedia)

I took the picture from Catania Airport.

Mount Etna, is an active stratovolcano on the east coast of Sicily, close to Messina and Catania. It lies above the convergent plate margin between the African Plate and the Eurasian Plate. It is the tallest active volcano in Europe, currently standing 3,329 m (10,922 ft) high, though this varies with summit eruptions. It is the highest mountain in Italy south of the Alps. Etna covers an area of 1,190 km2 (459 sq mi) with a basal circumference of 140 km. This makes it by far the largest of the three active volcanoes in Italy, being about two and a half times the height of the next largest, Mount Vesuvius. Only Mount Teide in Tenerife surpasses it in the whole of the European-North-African region. In Greek Mythology, the deadly monster Typhon was trapped under this mountain by Zeus, the god of the sky and thunder and god of gods and creator of mankind, and the forges of Hephaestus were said to also be located underneath it.
Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and is in an almost constant state of activity. The fertile volcanic soils support extensive agriculture, with vineyards and orchards spread across the lower slopes of the mountain and the broad Plain of Catania to the south. Due to its history of recent activity and nearby population, Mount Etna has been designated a Decade Volcano by the United Nations.

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Hi Vanda,
what an interesting photo - Etna. I imagined it in a different way. Excellent composition. Perfect point of view.
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Vanda, favoloso il gigante tutto imbiancato dalla neve, gran bel POV, splendida luce e magnific colori, brava, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-09-30 10:31]

Hello Vanda.
Simply a very good setting with professional application of exposure, focus, and composition. Thank you.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Vanda.
Splendida foto non ho parole complimenti.
Ti auguro una buona settimana ciao Marco.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-09-30 11:35]
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Ciao Vanda,composizione eccellente per ritrarre il gioiello della Sicilia,grande esposizione per un bianco eccellente e ottimi colori,mi sembra un pochino impastata,specialmente nelle zone nevose,forse hai pulito la foto una volta di troppo.Buona settimana e complimenti,Luciano

Ciao Vanda. Il panorama è bellissimo! Anche il gioco di luce è molto intrigante. Mi sembra un HDR, buono ma non ottimo.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-09-30 12:22]

Hello Vanda,
Splendid photo of the Etna in the snow, taken from an excellent POV. Very beautiful light, colours and composition. Great DOF.

Your landscapes are AMAZING and notes are TOO!!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-10-01 4:50]
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Bonjour Vanda,
Une image assez inhabituelle de l'Etna recouvert de neige immaculée. Cela surprend. J'ai vu le volcan aussi lorsque j'étais en Sicile, mais sans neige, bien sûr.
Le cadrage de la photo est excellent, la lumière très bien gérée.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2012-10-01 8:18]

Hello Vanda
Beautiful capture of the Etna I had the chance to visit the place with a guide a few year ago.Excellent POV and sharp image.Colors are stunning.Great light to.
TFS Michel

Beautiful photo Vanda! The atmosphere is fantastic!

Ah this is how I remember the Etna and all his/her beauty

thanx for sharing and reminding me


Hello Vanda,
What can I say....another beauty....
Incredible clarity, focus and razor sharp details. Lovely colors, perfect exposure and the superb light. Fantastic dept of field and perfect WB. Thanks for sharing and useful photographers note.

bella visuale con l'Etna innevata..
d'accordo con Roby..qualcosa nel p.p. non e' andato a buon fine

Good evening dear Vanda:)))

Thank you for your visit.
A panorama; splendid colors.

Excellent composition nicely put
picture in a beautiful frame.
Thank you for the beautiful look of this.
With my friends and compliments
Happy birthday and happy.
Beautiful night.

Hallo Vanda
I have not seen you around on the site for some time and while browsing upon the gallery I came accross the last photo you posted. This is really a beautiful sight, everything looks so pure and unpolluted. I just love the sunshine just on the right spots as it brings out the colours of the snow and sky so beautifully. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.
I hope to see another posting from you soon, but in the meantime I would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and may 2013 bring you all that you hope for.

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2013-01-11 19:52]

Hello Vanda!!!
How are you my dear friend???
I´ve missed your great shot here!Wow!It really a wonderful pic!Amazing colors, sharpness and focus.Excelent job!Bravo!TFS
My best wishes for a Happy New Year!

Ciao Vanda,
Beautiful, Madame! Small foreground which is very different than the snowy subject, blue sky - absolutely the way I like it! Perfect sharpness, awesome light balance, exposure management - superb photo, very pleasant visual impact. It's time to add you into the group of my favorite photographers. :-)
Congrats and best regards, László

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