Volcanoes

Challenge #1 in the Art of Earth series. Hosted by luxborealis.
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Volcanoes are spectacular examples of how Earth renews itself in dramatic fashion. In this Challenge, you should submit a photograph of a volcano - either active, dormant or extinct - that best portrays the mood of the mountain. Photographers are asked to keep to the theme of this series by submitting images to illustrate the art inherent in nature using minimal post-capture processing to enhance what is already there.
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Kilimanjaro Crater and Ice
by gpsGuy
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Mount Kilimanjaro crater, viewed from the rim at 19,340 feet, near Uhuru peak, the highest in Africa. You reach this point after an arduous overnight hike, and crest the crater rim just as the sun rises at 6:30am. The ice in view stands about 100 feet high. But, one is struck by the fragility of these few remaining glaciers in a place that was totally covered in ice just a few decades ago. And it seems that it won't be long before it becomes impossible to get this same view ever again.
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Submitted: Wednesday, 28th October, 2009 00:41 (GMT)
Taken: Saturday, 8th August, 2009
Focal length: 11.9 mm
Shutter speed: 1/400 sec
Aperture: F4.1
ISO: 80
Notes: I took many pictures up here, with both a Nikon D90 and the Lumix ZS3. But the clear bright day and strong sunlight made for fabulous clarity regardless of the lens. This picture was taken handheld, with no filters or post processing.
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