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Fantasy Land by papatheo Fantasy Land by papatheo
Huge broken ice blocks along the shoreline of Peninsula State Park in Door County... about 90 miles north of Green Bay, Wisconsin.
I'm amazed that so few people are around at this time of year to experience the overwhelming magnitude and beauty of this amazing winter event.

For reference: my wife at the edge of the ice field.
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Critique by dynamicimagery Oct 19, 2010, 9:32:25 AM
This is a wonderful photo inspiring my first ever critique. I love the pastel colors. The light is exquisite. The translucent ice blocks in the background contrast nicely with the shadows. The depth of field is excellent. I love the abstract quality of this scene, the lack of a point of reference, the icy disorientation. It also does a commendable job documenting this powerful natural phenomenon of wind driven ice being piled near shore.

When I was growing up we lived in Madison, Wisconsin for a couple of years and I remember my father skating to the University in winter. I also remember seeing the turtles hibernating beneath the ice. What a great place to experience winter and to record it in all it's glory as you have done here.
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Vrinda-the-Wistful Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:wow:  It's so weird!  God definitely has a sense of humor.:iconheartinvisibleplz:
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jViks Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing photo! I love the colors and framing, and mostly the DOF - the fact it's not sharp all the way in just helps to show the huge size of the ice field...
I absolutely love it!
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papatheo Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much!
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JasonKaiser Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Professional Photographer
featured - [link]
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:iconpapatheo:
papatheo Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Professional Photographer
:D Thanks for including my work in your feature!!!
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g1zMo84 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're short one fortress of solitude in your photo ^^, but other than that its lovely :-)
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papatheo Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Professional Photographer
:nod: I looked around for it but I couldn't find it for all the ice... thanks for the great comment!!! :lol:
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Gojira2006 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
Amazing light & framing . . . ! Ice never looked so, uhm - cool . . . !
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papatheo Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Professional Photographer
:D Thank you very much!!!
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Alomie Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
This is awesome! Such a beautiful location you've captured!
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papatheo Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much!! :lol:
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diado Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunningly beautiful photograph. Nice work, I'm always so envious of photographers who get the chance to shoot ice fields and the like :lol:
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papatheo Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Professional Photographer
:D Thank you very much... this is a spectacular location and we are hoping to get there within a few days... if not we will certainly get there in January and February!!!
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diado Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I shall have to :+devwatch: you to make sure I don't miss any then! :nod:
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papatheo Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Professional Photographer
;) Well, in that case... I should probably :+devwatch: too... just to make sure I know what you are doing and I guess I should probably try to join your group... it should be fun!!! :nod:
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Mr-Tobi Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Really impressive work! Very well done. :clap:
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:iconpapatheo:
papatheo Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Professional Photographer
:D Thank you very much!!!
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Mr-Tobi Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
You are welcome.
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TobiasRichter Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Professional Photographer
Nice one
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:iconpapatheo:
papatheo Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you!
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Rykardo Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
Interesting shot ;)
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papatheo Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Professional Photographer
:D Thank you very much!!!
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mit19237 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
Great photo! And as an answer to your rhetorical question: maybe because it was probabl;y freezing there when you photographecd this. ;-)
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papatheo Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Professional Photographer
;) I can't imagine why anyone would stay inside when its only about 0... maybe its the 20-30 mph wind gusts off the ice!! :rofl:
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Rookie2209 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Professional Photographer
This looks sureal!
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:iconpapatheo:
papatheo Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Professional Photographer
:nod: It certainly seemed surreal out there... thanks!!!
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Rookie2209 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Professional Photographer
No Problem :)
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Life-For-Sale Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow.. fantastic!
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papatheo Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Professional Photographer
:) Thank you very much!!!
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oscardmd Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice ice! Good detail composition.
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papatheo Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you!!!
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serel Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
This is such a surreal photo. I have absolute no idea how big this actually is, so thanks for the link to the other photo as reference.
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papatheo Featured By Owner May 4, 2010  Professional Photographer
:D Thank you very much!!!
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lemonfox2002 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Feat. here [link] ^^
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papatheo Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010  Professional Photographer
:D Thank you very much for including my work in your feature!!!

Sorry this is so late!!!
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kkart Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Professional Photographer
This is just almost surreal
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papatheo Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010  Professional Photographer
:D Thank you very much John!!!

Sorry this is so late!!!
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spanjebob89 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
hello ;) you been featured here [link]

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Itti Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! I wish I lived near somewhere like this! Fantastic image, you've really captured the array of different shapes within the landscape very well! :D
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papatheo Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010  Professional Photographer
:) Thank you very much!!!
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indi-is-conan Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
Thats so Awesome!!
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papatheo Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Professional Photographer
:) Thank you!!!
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Brettc Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010
very nice
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papatheo Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you.
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meppol Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010
featured here [link]
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papatheo Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010  Professional Photographer
:D Thanks for including my work in your feature!!!
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alban-expressed Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
To me this is a perfect image. The colors may be bland, but everything is greatly visible and crisp. I don't see how more contrast would improve the picture. :-)
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papatheo Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010  Professional Photographer
:) Thanks my friend.I think the reference was to less contrast... and with the higher ISO there would be more room to play with other elements in the photo.
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alban-expressed Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010
So far for me, with my old Lumix, ISO basically was a measure of how "clean" your picture gets. The lower the value, the "cleaner" the picture. I guess that is no longer so with a good camera. We can use much higher ISO values, as you said, to focus on other elements. :-)
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papatheo Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010  Professional Photographer
:nod: I gotta admit I'm still a bit reticent to go much over 400!!! Leda often shoots the tiger cubs at 800 or 1600 so she can get them in action... I shoot on a tripod at 400 trying for a clean focus. Only if they hold a pose for 1/8 of a second do I win!
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