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Planet Explorer by bkm Planet Explorer by bkm
I had one of the best photo shoots of my life the night I shot this picture. I was alone, but it was a wicked fun night as I was exploring and shooting pictures of the otherworldly landscape. The weather, landscape and the atmosphere was truly inspiring. There is a little of lense distortion, but it does actually work for the picture here IMO. Long exposure, bracketed (2), blended in PS, usm.
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Aomori Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful :heart:

Perspective and colours are just great. Nothing else to add here... :)
Jaydehawk Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2005
Stunning shot. I really like the hint of colour at the horizon, the difference between the mirror like tidal pool and the almost cloudlike effect of the sea. At first I thought it was actually a shot taken above the cloud line.
evaneko Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Char-Izzi-Elle Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2005   Photographer
Truly beautiful; I love the way your eye is drawn inwards towards the horizon and the otherworldly mist! WOW!
stetre76 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
great capture - looks like the sky is going on and on forever!
beautiful colors and great long exposure (that's where I am always running into problems...)
davegarbs Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2005   Photographer
amazing photo, one of the best i've seen! teach me :O (thanks for the comment by the way)
maus Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
wow, very beautiful shot,
great atmosphere :) i really like the angel :clap:
great work!
nyres Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2005
amazing one. the color of the sky are wonderful and the water looks a little bit like fog :nod:
lexidh Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2005
Again I think that's it a bit too much of everything. Would love to see a more tight cut around the focuspoint.
bkm Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2005
Again, I'm happy that you care, and your input is welcome because it forces me to think even more about how I make my pictures. However, not to sound defensive, but the whole point of this photo IS its wide-angled composition. To get everything that I wanted into it I literally spent this picture more than an hour alone (I'm not kidding here) to very carefully compose and balance it so that I was sure to get everything right, it's not like this was randomly fired on automatic. The details and "fan" line-patterns from horizontal to diagonal in the front, the still water pond in contrast to the long exposure cloudy waves, the shoreline from close to distant, the charismatic big rock with a hint of a small creature on it, the distant rock formations and the sunset color transitions, these were all aspects I was aware of and something I was trying to balance when I set up the shot. I can't imagine how I could've done it differently. And speaking of which; As with "Serenity Mirrored" I also did different variations of the scene, and closer-up shots like you're suggesting, and trust me; they didn't work as well, and that's why this version was submitted instead.

Thanks :)
azur3 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2005
flawless - perfect :worship:
Razorbed Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2005
Wow i love it so much ! :+fav:

Truly worth a DD !
Titanica Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Jeg sier bare: :heart:

froggynaan Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
I just realized that this long exposure of the waves look cloudy, as if this scene were actually in the sky somewhere. Cool effect
Smevog Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
:aww: Nydelig bilde!!
Hvor er det tatt?
bkm Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2005
Hei! :) Bildet er tatt på Haramsøya, ca. 3-4 mil i luftlinje nord for Ålesund.
Smevog Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Okey, det er værtfall veldig nydelig!! :)
sidetracked Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
ABSURD! SO Beautiful! You have captured such an amazing image here... the hard, sharp glassy tidepool, and the soft flowing waves... and then the colors of the golden sunset... :jawdrop: :+fav: Such an inspiration!
blablaskunk Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2004   Writer
very nice!
asymons Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2004
yes... well done bjorn..... :clap:

this picture has three distinct parts to it, but all blend and come together beautifully....
A wonderful use of long exposure which gives the ocean an eerie fog-like quality.....

and you know....when someone enjoys their photography.... IT SHOWS!!!!!!! :love:
Keep on clicking... :camera:


Earthkat Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2004
beautiful beautiful picture :+fav:
I love this:+favlove:

What part of Norway is this taken in?
balinlesavage Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2004  Professional Writer
I like the differing textures of the water, but the sky feels a little flat
checkEddee Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2004
this looks pretty neat, good work
xhileno Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2004
you have a wonderful life.

excellent shot :)
lostheart Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2004
A truly beautiful long exposure...I'd even rank it among the best I have ever seen.
What Distortion?
The photo transcends such a wonderful mood and is of such a high quality, who honestly cares (and notices) a minor camera flaw?
What I love best about it is (of course) the wide-angled composition and the combination of muted colours in the foreground and the rich and bold sunset in the background. less...
Gregsters Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2004   Photographer
Beautiful. I love the professional feel of the shot and nice frame too.
Amplitude Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2004
the textures and the shadows compliment themselves......amazing composition too! great job
MarkioS14 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2004
Excellent shot my friend. The long exposure effect on the water makes it look like clouds and the rocks the top of mountains. The sunset finishes the shot off perfectly too. Very impressive. :clap:
aquapell Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2004
:+fav: :clap: very nice my friend
chris-alex Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2004   Photographer
Very, very, very ... awesome. :))))))))
wallride Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2004   Digital Artist
lovely, very well captured, love the look of clouds.
cosmicbound Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2004
Oh oh oh :D Another master-shot from the otherworldly sir :XD: heh, truly, another shot that captivates the eyes & sparks the imagination, & once again a sense of non earthlike atmosphere comes to mind when observing the image, all the elements flow rather well & the focus & colouration gives the effect that you aimed for being that of a different planet, eh? ;)

And of course, when i look at your pictures i see more than just a picture ;p i see a story, a background, depth. Good images touch your mind with idea's in my opinion, :) what first catches my thoughts when looking at the picture is the ocean; its soft edges & contour gives the sense of inexpansable mist, it makes me think of a planet which oceans are like soft mist amongst the land, the water pooled in the rock pools does look like water though; thus it makes you think; does this planet have some sort of strange elemental mist that acts in place of water? afterall, a different planet could be anything really.

The contrasts used in the image are well done aswell, the sky gradientation is smooth, warm yet at the same time forbiddingly cold, just like the majestic look of the ocean/mist like ocean & the use of a dark island figure amongst it, while the ocean is captivating, it also looks amazingly cold like some sort of ice flow, the mountains darkness amongst it all adds to a keen sense of isolation & the feeling of distance.

When i look at the ocean i can see it moving in my mind, but not like a normal ocean, more like mist that has some sort of intelligence, almost sentient one would say, the soft looks & how it blends between the rocks & land make it seem almost caring; like they comfort each other, like they where made to work perfectly, the soft colours while before did represent a feeling of something forbidding, also work in the other way, the sense of cool, soft & smooth colours & blends accentuate the sense of harmony amongst the planet.

In the foreground the rocks again show contrast, this time being they are rough & textured, & then compare them to the ocean, soft & smooth as can be yet still with soft detail (perhaps representing a link, thus the theme of perfected harmony), this again gives more depth & feel; is this a place with & without substance, a dream perhaps. Or is it representing opposites co-existing in peace? Anything is possible.

Truly another inspiring image you have put together Bjorn :) I am always impressed with your shots, they always have such motion, such feeling & depth, & whats even more interesting is how you capture the feeling of being on a completely different planet, once again another well deserved favourite man! :D :)
DiRt-RiDeR Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2004   Photographer
my friend :!: AMAZING :!: :O :O :+fav:
kevinwoodPHOTO Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2004  Professional Photographer
Wow .. a captivating piece in the least; great shot of the stillness of the water in the rocks and the waves crashing into the rocks. Gorgeous colours in the sky!

This one's goin' straight to my :+fav:'s ... fo' sho'! ;)
babyoctopuss Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
wow :wow: beautiful shot!!! i love the perspective on this one..amazing colours and nice composition..great scenery!..well done :clap:
NeuralCord Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2004   Photographer
Love it.
Adore the way the long exposure makes the waves that are crashing on the rocks look cloudy and calm, also how the small pool in the foreground remains untouched and clear in the photo :)

Great work :D
LotteS Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2004   Photographer
Oh yeah...Bjorn.
It´s great. :)
I love the sky and the haze in it.
Good work. :clap:
You really inspire me to do some long exposure shots.
scotto Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2004   Photographer
yeah man, I know just how those photography outings feel, I only ever feel truly at peace taking a picture when I'm on my own in the mountains. This turned out really nice, the still water next to the longer exposed water add some kind of fantasy vibe to the picture. :)
ezustos Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2004   Photographer
that's so pretty... i love the effect of a long exposure on waves, makes it looks like mist swirling around the base of those rocks instead of water. and very calming colours too, i love the blue :aww:
great shot! :D
ArtisticLicenseNow Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow that does look other worldly, good job! :omg:
monkstar Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2004   Photographer
another amazing shot!!! :clap:
Meaner Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2004   Photographer
i think I should put your photos on auto fav :p coz you keep blowing my mind every single time. Amazing photograph :) I presume this was just dusk, and not some really really really long exposure :) ? More :) I say, More :)
ALIENLABS Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2004   Photographer
Really great job on this one. I love the misty look that you got with the water.
s0ngbird Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2004
beautiful image
nasht-01 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2004
another fantastic shot!
great effect on the water!
Lejonlurv Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2004
again you've captured the beauty of our nature... it's stunning!!! :wow:
flaery Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how the water is misty towards the middle--it just makes the pictur elook magical. :)
Pericles Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2004
This is a REALLY nice shot full with beauty.
As usual I have to say that I envy your skills and imagination. :)
blackrose321 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2004
Absolutely beautiful. I love the small, darker pool of water in the front, it serves as a nice contrast and jagged focal point (for myself atleast <_< ). The slight hint of color in the sunset is gorgeous as well, it's not overly dramatic or distracting. Magnificent picture as always, you manage to capture landscapes perfectly. =D :+fav:
Veerena Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2004
The sea looks very nice and calm indeed....and I really like that rock island(it looks like whale :-) )....
Also the sky colours are very nice...Great photo!!!!
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Oct 1, 2004, 7:31:40 PM