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Resistance by Inebriantia
Resistance
"Resistance" | Detifoss, Iceland

"If the river of life is running frantic and impatient, crushing order and impetus in ruthless ways, step aside to the margin and just watch, as growth will blossom spontaneously."

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Image story:

Image made on the third day of my trip to ICeland. After spending several hours in Godafoss, and trying to resist the impulse to stay there all day in sensory extasy, I decided to leave this spot if I still wanted to witness from up close the power of the waterfall with the strongest water flow of all Europe - Detifoss.

The trip distance was relatively short, but I wasn't certainly expecting the final 20-30km of harsh gravel roads! Fortunately the scenery between the two waterfalls was probably the most incredible of the whole trip, with amazing geothermal areas filled with huge smoke columns, as well as Mars-like landscapes, where gigantic black mountains would suddenly unfold.

We arrived to Detifoss right before sunset, with rain still pouring strongly, and rushed to the top of the waterfall. After watching videos of this place, I would finally be able to step on those rocks, with absolutely no barriers between the power of the waterfall and its visitors.

As the place is incredibly remote, and there was strong rain and cold weather, there was no other human being there besides us! Only in Iceland would it be possible to be alone in such an unique place! The sky was totally covered in dense dark clouds but, once more, the beauty of the location would be worth for itself, not needing any exquisite sunset lights.

After doing some long exposures between 5 and 10 seconds, again following the usual constant filter cleaning and camera drying routine, I ended up chosing this image for publication. This shot was made on the area previously defined by my companion as the "forbidden" zone, but I could not resist shooting from this spot, putting my tripod right on the ledge of the 45 meter fall. This was the only way I would be able to do a vertical image where I would be able to show the whole height of the waterfall, and still be able to capture the only surviving plants in that area.

Technical data:

Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
Exposure: 5 seconds
Aperture: f/9
ISO: 200
Filters: Formatt Hitech 3 stop soft ND Grad
Wireless remote shutter
Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 tripod + MH055M0-Q6 ballhead
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Dance of The Spirits by Inebriantia
Dance of The Spirits
"Dance of the Spirits" | Kirkujfell, Iceland

"And even though the eyes had seen so much beauty, the enchantment of the Aurora would steal the crown of the most magnificient spectacle of light ever witnessed..."

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After my seven day trip to Iceland, from 16-22 September, here's my first published photo from the trip. After sleeping inside the rental car in Keflavik (the plane arrived at 1am), I decided to head to Kirkujfell next day. I had seen this mountain so many times on 500px and other galleries, and yet it still kept me fascinated every single time with its singular shape, frequently adorned by beautiful waterfalls. As soon as I arrived I could feel my heart racing with the excitement, and I rushed to the spot and photographed it from many angles until it was absolutely dark. Finally headed to the car, parked right before the path to the waterfalls, to grab something to eat, and waited on the inside for sleep to come. The sky had been partially filled with clouds, as it usually happens in Iceland, and I was nowhere near from thinking about watching an Aurora Borealis/Northern Light during my whole trip (due to their rarity), let alone seeing it on the first day!

It all happened very quickly, and started with my girlfriend's scream, "AURORA!". We rushed to the outside, and time suddenly stopped while I glanced at the sky, feeling mesmerized with the light dance spectacle right in front of me. Then a thought instinctively appeared amidst the emotional rush, "my camera! Where is it?!". Chaos ensued, and in 2 minutes I was ready to start shooting. There was the option of returning to the waterfall spot, but it would take too much time (minutes are precious, as Auroras can dissapear in seconds), so I ended up going to the beach right by the mountain and started shooting.

It's not easy to photograph this type of scene. ISO needs to be at 1600-3200 and the lens set at maximum aperture, to maximize exposure. Shutter speed is usually between 10-30 seconds, and longer than 30 seconds will create small star trails, instead of the more aesthetically pleasant star single points. Focus needs to be manual and preferentially set at infinity (even though the infinity mark on many lenses doesn't actually correspond to infinity). I decided to use the reflection of the water to create a point of anchorage to the Northern Lights, and the Kirkujfell mountain was just perfect for this. Everything is usually almost pitch black, except when the Aurora is extremely strong, and to avoid loosing too much time guessing the composition in such dark conditions, having to wait for the end of the whole 30 second exposure, I decided to make shorter test shots at very high ISOs (12800), and then fine tune composition.

Post-processing these photos is much more about noise reduction and sharpening control than adjusting color and other settings, as the Aurora color and intensity is already captivating enough on its own.  

Apart from a 5 minute Aurora in Jokulsarlon, I didn't see it again during my trip, which made this night even more unique and remarkable. Definitely one of the most beautiful things I've ever witnessed.

Technical data:

Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
Aperture: f/4
Shutter speed: 30 seconds
Focus: Manual
White Balance: Auto
Wireless Remote Timer
Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 tripod + MH055M0-Q6 ballhead
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Awakening by Inebriantia
Awakening
"Awakening" | Alqueva, Alentejo (Portugal)

"A new day is born, and with it the endless possibilities of freedom and fate. Let it be made of emotion..."

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One more photo from the gorgeous Alqueva, which is one of the largest dams in Europe, finished in 2002. An environmentally polemic construction, which generated a lot of heated discussions, as well as fantastic landscapes...

Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
Exposure: 30 seconds
Aperture: f/13
ISO: 50
Filters: 4 stop soft ND Grad (Hitech); 7 stop ProStop IRND
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Inebriantia
José Ramos
Artist | Professional | Photography
Portugal
My name is José Ramos and I'm a nature/landscape photographer.


I've developed an increasing interest in photography over the last years, and the passion grew so strong that this is the art I've chosen to express myself, as well as pay hommage to the beauty and power of the world which surrounds us.



In the end, what matters to me is to be able to depict and create my own interpretation of what surrounds us, sharing my vision in the form of photography.



Official online portfolio/site - www.joseramos.com



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Current Residence: Portugal
Interests
I miss having a simple message center filled with great photos from people I used to know

I miss submitting a photo in a gigantic interesting world made of art of all kinds

I miss the vibrant community

I miss the emotion of getting tons of favorites and fantastic comments

I miss the thrill of the popular page, 'will it make it there?'

I miss the honor of Daily Deviations, and I can still remember the shivers I felt when someone told me by sms that I had been awarded a DD

I miss the provocative journals

I miss the perfect mix between maturity and innovation

I miss having a place here

I miss you.
  • Watching: Life unfolding...
  • Playing: The always strange being-an-adult game
  • Eating: Vegetarian always
  • Drinking: Oporto wine

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RationalParadox Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Your gallery is absolutely incredible!  Excellent work!  
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palmbook Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful gallery. I see that you use Hitech 1.2 ND filter. May I ask your opinion regarding this filter? I am interested in purchasing one; but I heard that it causes a color cast, especially when stacked with a GND filter.
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Shadoisk Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing gallery! I love iot all
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Just letting you know I featured your work in my journal :) interloperux.deviantart.com/jo…
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Wunderschöne Bilder zeigen sie ! 
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Your gallery is inhuman! I love it!!!
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hummbuzz Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
Your photography is magnificent, vibrant and full of soul...transporting the viewer to worlds of color and light.
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RHearons Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
My goodness I wish I could favourite everything In your gallery! Your photographs are so beautiful it hurts!! I love the effects you use on your images. Just perfect!!
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Your picture has been featured on :icondivine-photography: monthly article. Very nice! :) divine-photography.deviantart.…
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little-spacey Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Student General Artist
This might sound weird but your gallery gives me a sort of visual orgasm in my brain… too much beauty!! :+favlove:
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Your photos are very awe-inspiring. I look forward to seeing what other photos you share ;)
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jasonswint Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Professional Photographer
Phenomenal gallery!
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invisiblelife Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Your work is amazing, and an inspiration to me.
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La la la la Uwaah! You're stuff is amazing!
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Hello! You have been featured here: rainylake.deviantart.com/journ…


Have a wonderful day :heart:


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Surprise, surprise!
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candymatt Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice work you do.
Very colorful pictures. Keep it up!
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:heart: Congratulations on your sixth DD! :heart:
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