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Copyright: karan A L (hester) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1320 W: 31 N: 1634] (9994)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-04
Categories: Nature
Camera: Cannon 40D, Canon 17-85mm IS USM
Exposure: f/16
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Iceland and the Northern Isles
Date Submitted: 2008-07-25 11:45
Viewed: 2907
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a photo of the geothermal fields of Namaskard. Here you can see bubbling mud pools, steam vents, sulpher deposits, boiling springs and fumaroles.

Fumaroles on Wikipedia:
A fumarole (Latin fumus, smoke) is an opening in Earth's (or any other astronomical body's) crust, often in the neighborhood of volcanoes, which emits steam and gases such as carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, hydrochloric acid, and hydrogen sulfide. The name solfatara, from the Italian solfo, sulfur (via the Sicilian dialect), is given to fumaroles that emit sulfurous gases.

Fumaroles may occur along tiny cracks or long fissures, in chaotic clusters or fields, and on the surfaces of lava flows and thick deposits of pyroclastic flows. A fumarole field is an area of thermal springs and gas vents where magma or hot igneous rocks at shallow depth are releasing gases or interacting with groundwater. From the perspective of groundwater, fumaroles could be described as a hot spring that boils off all its water before the water reaches the surface.

A mudpot, mud pool or paint pot is a sort of hot spring or fumarole consisting of a pool of usually bubbling mud.

Mudpots form in high-temperature geothermal areas where water is in short supply. The little water that is available rises to the surface at a spot where the soil is rich in volcanic ash, clay and other fine particulates. The thickness of the mud usually changes along with seasonal changes in the water table.

The mud takes the form of a viscous, often bubbling, slurry. As the boiling mud is often squirted over the brims of the mudpot, a sort of mini-volcano of mud starts to build up, sometimes reaching heights of 3-5 feet. Although mudpots are often called "mud volcanoes", true mud volcanoes are very different in nature.

The mud is generally of white to greyish color, but is sometimes stained with reddish or pink spots from iron compounds. When the slurry is particularly colorful, the feature is then called a "paint pot".

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i like the tryptic presentation almost like a panorama but with a more artistic approach. usually paintings like this are usually one complete scene separated into three images. so the one on the left would be the odd one out. not that i am complaining. tfs

It's a nice combination - a triptich - although in my opinion it looks like there's more than enough interest in each of the panels to justify individual postings - but ou probably know that anyway!

The central eye is a particularly nice form.


Superb presentation of some impressive scenery. These could be three pictures in their own rights, but as a triptych they tell a story of the different features that you saw (and commented on in your note).
Thanks for sharing

These are three beautiful shots in their own right Karan.
Love how the earth tones turn to gray and darker.
Superb wide angle shots each one. Excellent work.
- Vincent

Hi Karan
Excellent capture, light, detail and composition.
İntresting shot and excellent collage.
Well done.TFS.

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  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2008-07-26 1:57]

Hello Karan,
Wonderful trptic; very harmonic, with a superb sharpness, and very well composed.
I never thought that a multiple photo could have a so great graphic effect. Thank for sharing it.
Best regards, mb

excellent collages, thanks for the notes...

hi karan, nice series of shots here, the verttical format works so well, the one in the middle looks like a classic landscape shot with perfect composition and its my fav. well done and very nice to look at

Hi Karan,
Great Triptich! Excellent how you kept the horizon in all three pictures at the same level! Iceland is a real challance to picture, I like your series.

Hi Karan,
Its looks more or less like my garden !! ;-)
Very nice presentation of these pools. Good colors and sharpness. TFS.

yout combination is fine. I like it
have a nice day

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  • fkokol Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 218 W: 0 N: 147] (1502)
  • [2008-07-31 14:15]

Great presentetion. amazing landscape. great colours and sharpness. greetings,


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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2008-08-04 5:30]

Hi Hester
A very interesting set of well done photos showing us
amazing soil.
A very nice way of presenting the different shots and the narration of the note very educational.

Bonsoir Karan,

Superbe triptyque, les couleurs donnent toute leur splendeur à cette photo grâce aux tons chauds de la terre. Très bonne composition, félicitations à toi !

Seb :)

Hi Karan,
What a beautiful combination of three geothermal photos. It just gives a little extra to a single photo. Seeing these photo immediately brought back the sulfur smell. I like the terra colors and the details in each photo.

P.S. I see you changed your name..why?

hello Karan,

C'est magnifique, superbe graphisme, et joli composition, avec ces trois parties bien assorties.
Bonne soirée

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