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© C. A. Linder
Scenic - Broken Ice in Barrow Canyon

Bright sunny moments like this were pretty rare in the Arctic; more often than not we were plagued by thick, biting fog. When full sunlight hits the ice, it's an amazing sight - and an unusual one.. I would guess that most people are used to seeing a dark foreground and a lighter-colored sky (dark trees/grass with a light-blue sky, for instance)... Here you have exactly the opposite. The bright light allowed me to use an extremely fine-grained 50 speed slide film to bring out all of the detail and color in this scene. Although this ice looks beautiful, it makes the mooring crew wince, since this is the worst kind of ice for deploying instruments - any open-water area the Captain manages to make with the propellers is instantly replaced by more chunks.

Technical information:
Camera: Nikon F100
Lens: Nikkor 17-35mm with polarizer
Film: Fuji Velvia

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