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Phase Transition by IvanAndreevich Phase Transition by IvanAndreevich
The 2012 landscape calendar is now available! Go check it out :D

A couple of interesting things going on here -

1) Over 2 meters of snow up there right now. It won't melt till the end of the summer.
2) The red snow is not some unfortunate hiker mauled by a hungry bear. It's algae, commonly known as watermelon snow.
3) I filled up my Camelbak here, and drank the ice-cold water all the way home.
4) There is a ranger hut, and a shelter (with beds for 30 people) hiding just behind those trees.

Location: Elfin Lakes (this is the South-West one), Garibaldi Provincial Park, Beautiful British Columbia, Canada.
Equipment: Nikon D90 + Tokina 11-16mm + Tiffen Polarizer.
Technique: Photomatix Pro 4.0 and Photoshop CS5 from 3 RAW exposures.
Download: Wallpaper up to 2560x1600, 2560x1440, and 1600x1200.

I highly recommend you download the high resolution images to see all the intricate detail in the water :)

Nearby -

Fraser River -

Pacific Ocean -
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Critique by SenhorRon Aug 1, 2011, 5:56:30 AM
This shot reminds of that the great shots in the Myst games... The clarity, saturation and sharpness are really well done. The clouds in the water and the way that water jumps out of the picture, wonderful!

The angle is also great, because the water draws the eyes to the trees, that seem small - though they're probably not - and it gives the scene a beautiful sense of vastness.

The foreground is almost surreal and blends well with the background that looks almost too real.

Looking at the shot in this size, I would have liked to see more sky, but looking at the larger images it turns out just right.

Well done!
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Critique by Calligurl63 Mar 11, 2012, 10:01:32 PM
Truly amazing picture. You are one of the most amazing nature photographers I know of. I love how you put your own stamp on your photographs by giving them a sort of dreamy, surreal effect. I imagine a single person standing there looking around in awe. This must truly feel like the edge of the world to people who visit. Such a pristine landscape, so beautiful and untouched.

Your use of colour is wonderful, I love the cool blue water and how it contrasts with the pure snow. This is almost like something from a videogame or one of those movies with realistic animation. You look at it and it's a struggle to believe it as real. The reflection of the clouds on the water is gorgeous and I love how you can see the mountains in the background.

This is truly breath-taking and I'm in awe of this lovely place. It certainly makes me want to visit!

Few people could ever take a stunning photo like this and even then, they'd never be up to your high standards.
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Ivanmladenovi Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:-) :-) :-)
prettyflour Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This has been featured in my journal!

IvanAndreevich Aug 5, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thx for all the features
These are ever so gorgeous to look at!
Wow! It looks amazing!
Stunning! ( It reminds me of the Myst games, too! )
Stunning I love it
I'm not really fond of the red snow (even if it's just algae), so I tried desaturating it before I use it as one of my wallpapers. Maybe somebody can do a better job, but here's my attempt: [link]
IvanAndreevich Aug 20, 2011  Professional Photographer
Oh, and I actually like it :D
IvanAndreevich Aug 20, 2011  Professional Photographer
That's fine if you use it for yourself, but you aren't allowed to upload my work somewhere else without permission. So, take it down.
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