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Fox Glacier

Fox Glacier
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-27
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 18-50 f3.5-5.6 DC, Digital ISO 200, Hoya 58mm Circular Polarizer
Exposure: f/8, 1/180 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Trips to New Zealand [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-26 4:47
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Click image for LARGE view.
On the west coast of the South Island are two glaciers that you can literally drive your car to, get out and only have to walk a few hundred metres to see them; and its free. Of course there are guide walks onto the glaciers and helicopter rides that land on them and allow you explore ice caves etc, but unfortunately I didn’t have time for that. You can walk from the car park to within a hundred metres of the glacier face, its an awesome experience. Perhaps you can see the person with a red jacket just to the left of the outflow tunnel.
Fox glacier originates at 2,600m and travels 13 km to its present location at only 300m above sea level. Behind me is dense temperate rainforest which you walk through to view the glacier. Unlike many of the world’s glaciers, Fox is in fact advancing at around 1 metre per year, though it has retreated several kilometres from where it was when first seen by Europeans in the 1872.
Indeed between 1250 and 1850 most of the world’s glaciers were advancing during a cooler period known sometimes as the Little Ice Age. Between 1850 and 1940 they began to retreat during a warm period. Then between 1940 and 1980 they generally began to advance again; after 1980 the current warm period has seen most glaciers retreat again. You can decide for yourselves which part of the cycle is coming next…….
Thanks for looking.

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Hi Chris,
A lovely view of this beautiful mountainscape. Very well composed with lovely colors. Excellent capture. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-05-26 7:30]

Hi Chris,
Beautiful landscape.Well seen and composed.POV,details,colors,details and visual impact are perfect.
Thanks for posting.

Hello chris,

nice panorama from a great view.
I like the pov and composition.


Hello Chris,
Great landscape, excellent sharpness and depth
of field, beautiful natural colors and nice
clarity and details,

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-05-26 13:26]

Bonjour Chris
Impressionante prise panoramique, excellente détails, couleurs et cadrage.
Amicalement Robi

Very very nicely done! You captured this glacier shot very nicely! Theres good light at the same time cloud shadows.... this is one thing I especially like about the Mountains. Plus theres plenty of Vegitation and a glacier in one photo. Good notes, and great panorama! I added this one to my favorites! :-) Thanks for sharing! Cheers Josh Lewis.

Excellent lanscape shot, TFS.

Excellent capture Chris, I really like this!
I like the overall composition in this panoramic frame, with the blue sky left corner and low lying clouds helping to make it great :)
Well done,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-05-27 6:04]

awesome, in the literal sense of the word Chris! Mother nature at her mightiest. Very well chosen POV with excellent detail and beautiful colours throughout..very well done.

Hello Chris,
Superb panorama specially with the large view ! I did not know about this possibility to enlarge the photo on TN, when you will have time could you explain how to do so.
Very well composed photo with beautiful colours
Well done

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-05-27 10:06]

Hello chris,
An excellent landscape showing the front end of the Fox Glacier and set in a composition with superb contrasts of light and colour brought about by the clouds and the sky. It is very difficult to guess the size of it but judging by the small human figures seen in the enlargement it must be about 100 m across.
TFS this fine and unusual image together with an excellent note.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-05-27 10:36]
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Hola Chirs.
Una muy bella postal, gran calidad en fotografia, alta nitidez y hermosos colores de este valle. Debe ser interesante conocer esos lugares. El trabajo realizado para la presentacion es muy fino, asi como la nota de alta calidad educativa.
Saludos Chris.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-05-30 3:02]

Hello Chris,
Most beautiful view on this glacier. Really well taken picture. Coming from a country with a lot of glaciers I'm very interested by them. In my country unfortunately these melt a lot quicker as assumed. And the entrance of the caves, like on your picture, have to been moved back from year to year.
Thanks a lot and best regards

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