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Aftavatn, Swan Lake in English, is one of the most beautiful locations I have had the pleasure of visiting. This is the 3rd stop on the Laugavegur hike through the southern highlands of Iceland. You camp close to the edge of the lake in surroundings that are at one moment tranquil and the next unforgiving. Fortunately during my stay in the area I had nothing but perfect weather. This image was taken around 11pm and capped off one of my best days of photography and hiking.
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47X Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This looks photoshopped. It's bloody adorable.
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MsFarore Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Oh god this is spectacular! :omg:
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LiamRiordan Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
There are now three things I want to do in Iceland.

Have fun in a local bar with the locals
Go rallying in the glorious countryside
Visit this location.

Wales is glorious, but this picture? I have to see it in person and know nature at its pure glory.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Busses leave from Rekyjavik to Alftavatn almost every day in the summer and its only a short hike up Bratthals. However the best way to do it is to do the full Laugavegur over 4 days. I loved it so much I did it twice.
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JurgendeWitte Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Professional Photographer
What an amazing view and a great panorama. Congrats!
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing shot btw. Your trips to this area are producing some awesome results.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks very much. I have had good conditions this year which makes a big difference! A bigger travel budget helps too!
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm assuming this is a stitch? how many images?
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Its 6 vertical images with a bit cropped off the top and bottom
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Zelma1 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
Gorgeous!
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RandyGreen Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm very impressed. These are all wonderful!
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks very much :)
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elanorsart Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
Beautiful shot! Very impressive!!
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Elforas Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional Photographer
absolutly fantastic!
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jadedcharlotte Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Incredible. :heart:
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ancoben Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Superb
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A-Wike Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
only one word: Amazing!
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kalicobay Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
Wow very beautiful shot!
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Annabelle-Chabert Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012   Photographer
Impressive point of view :faint:
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Bojkovski Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful view
excellent work
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steppeland Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012   Photographer
Wow, this is absolutely stunning! Such an unforgettable place and capture! Totally fascinated by it! :clap: :love:
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Gilgond Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning photo! The wide view really suits the place well. Did you camp somewhere higher up, or did you go all the way up there and then back for sunset?

I also notice the sharpening looks a little off in this photo. Not as crisp as it usually is in your photos. Is it just me, or did you do something differently?
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I just upgraded my computer and literally just installed photoshop so I just did a quick unsharp mask. You have a keen eye!

I camped down at the lake went up for sunset, got back at midnight then got up again at just before 3am to make the hike back up to the top for sunrise :)
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Gilgond Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Well, hard work pays off - your photos certainly show that!
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WitchesSabbath Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
WOW!
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BrightStar2 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
Amazing place....:heart::rose:
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twelvemotion Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
awesome! :)
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micro-wave Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
Gorgeous!
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Smiling-Demon Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really really want to go to Iceland... also wanna get to the Faroes, they look really dramatic as well.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yep ditto, but its Lofoten next for me, I leave in 5 days :)
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JanPusdrowski Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student Photographer
Lofoten? Damn! I envy you :) I hope you have nice light to bring us some great shots!
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Smiling-Demon Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Not exactly un-dramatic there either. Very jealous, have a great trip and I look forward to the photos!
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snaphappy101 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing pic! :)
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks
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snaphappy101 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
ur welcome :)
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012   General Artist
Stunning!
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Cheers Dan
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Katakana1 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
Good job with the picture :)
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot
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Katakana1 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
You're welcome.
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derbz Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Such a contrast in this landscape, the mirror like quality of the lake against the rugged volcanic landscape, madness.

Great shot
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks very much, its a wonderful place :)
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JanPusdrowski Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student Photographer
great exposure!! Even better as your "Fisherfields Vertigo" shot, which I like a lot!
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, I think I slightly prefer that shot, but I like this one also :)
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my-shots Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
Amazing........
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LInconnu24 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Professional Photographer
The earth before Man coming... wonderful... :hug:
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Deviantinterested Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012   General Artist
:wow: Words are not enough for how stunning this is. You have captured such an amazing image here, it is more than breath-taking - sharpness, tones, colour, everything is so very perfect, nothing to change, it is one of the most fantastic images I have seen. :-) :hug:

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Alex37 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much indeed
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Deviantinterested Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012   General Artist
:-) You are so welcome, you must be very proud of it. :-) :hug:
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E-Highlander Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
Great shot! Is it always sunny there at night? ;)
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