By way of a change, this is another photograph which I took during a wonderfully interesting and exhilarating eight week trip to East Greenland in the summer of 1970.
This was shot at a place where we had stopped to rest for the night while we were travelling westward up Nordvest Fjord, the largest and longest fjord in the World. We were travelling in a 16-foot clinker-built wooden boat with a puny outboard engine and, as the surrounding mountains mostly plunged straight into the fjord, the only places to land were those where there was an entrance to a glaciated valley.
You can see the location, on the north side of the lower end of the fjord, if you click on Map:view. Here we are looking north (the fjord was just behind me) to the distant show covered mountains wreathed in cloud, the mountains on either side showing clear evidence of glaciation and the debris of glacial moraine occupying the foreground.
Almost a completely barren landscape, except for a few tiny clumps of Alpine plants, mainly red saxifrage, which you can just see around some of the foreground rocks.
You can see a larger version on "beta" TE here.
In the workshop I shall add a picture taken later the same day, looking slightly to the right of here and also including our tent where we slept for the night!
Both pictures were scanned from Kodachrome colour slides.
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dta (69442) 2014-02-15 14:07
Hello John ,
May be some curious purple tonalities in this oldie . But this is not a problem . This baren landscape is really fascinating , with an atmosphere of "end of the world" : we are waiting for the UFOs ! The low POV works very well .
lousat (79772) 2014-02-15 14:49
Hi John,Greenland is always in my travel list but it's very difficult to find a friend that like this country as me....ehehe....magnificent pic,so wel scannered,looks taken today,the quality is absolutely perfect and the scenery is truly unique and fantastic!! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
RhodieIke (11742) 2014-02-15 14:50
My Goodness can not keep up with you from Oxford to Greenland.
Surreal landscape, love the red dots of the Red Saxifrage.
Like in another world,
delpeoples (54141) 2014-02-15 15:21
Ciao caro Giovanni
This looks like something from the Moon Landing. I love that sense of desolation that the image evokes. And the isolation. Unspoilt landscapes like this are getting less and less. If they're not being overrun with tourists, they're being scarred by industry (see what the mining industry has done to our Australian Outback) - so I hope this place has survived intact. The hint of mist adds to this atmosphere and I love the colours and contrasts which have survived beautifully despite the ravages of time. As I am twins with this photo, I wish I had aged as well ;) the low POV has worked so well here - you were a photographer even before you knew it. And I love the textures of the rocks. Most scans can't get the sky right, despite the quality of the scanner. You did a brilliant job here. My OCD has now taken over and compels me to tell you that there's a dust spot on the left in the shaded part of the mountain. I need to get that OCD seen to I think.
Have a lovely evening, I hope the pluge is flowing
PS: you were right, the Mods got my photo in the end. I've sought a review as it really wasn't staged, but either way, it won't be keeping me awake at night :)
adidas5nb (5671) 2014-02-15 18:37
oh wow..thats an amazing place.love the geography here with an amazing pov.like the tone of the pic too.the clouds make it work more.
macjake (58890) 2014-02-15 19:04
if it were not for the mountains and clouds, I could have sworn you spent the last few days on the moon!
imagine the Air Miles you could collect! haha
The Ironic thing about that would be you STILL wouldn't be able to use them! lol
talk about feeling Isolated!
its just you (and your friends) and some rocks!
Oh man I'd love to see this in person, what an experience this would be.
love the WS photo too, that could be another post.
When you mention Greenland, I remember your story about staying in the airplane hanger overnight...and you even carried guns onto the plane! wow...times have changed.
love the brightly illuminated fg, and the darker middle tones. And yes Lisa, I can see the dust spot
wonderful photo all around. TE would be proud of you.
jadesgran (5369) 2014-02-15 23:08
This picture is beautiful.You have transformed what could be referred to as `a pile of stones` into a very pleasing scene that anyone would be pleased to put on their wall.I especially like the low clouds over the distant hills.
emka (82596) 2014-02-15 23:17
Amazing photo from your Greeland adventure. It is as old as some Gert's photos and also good quality of the old slide. Amazing landscape, rather unfriendly but fascinating to see. Looks like Moon landing, really.Excellent scan job.
Warm regrads MAlgo
jjcordier (77870) 2014-02-15 23:48
Comme moi, tu te replonges dans tes souvenirs photographiques. Le scan est de bonne qualité et nous permet de profiter de la très belle qualité de ta prise de vue d'il y a presque 45 ans (comme toi j'ai du mal à éviter la petite dominante magenta sur mes scans de diapos)! Un paysage étonnant!
timecapturer (49288) 2014-02-16 2:35
a fascinating shot this, I may have said this before but Greenland has always been a place that I find irresistible, ever since I flew over it on a trip to the US. An effective POV and amazing view that just stirs my imagination of this place even further. Wondrous!
Have a great Sunday - B.
jhm (141973) 2014-02-16 2:45
Both pictures are pleasant to look at, notwithstanding more than forty years old.
You must have a very good scanner, for this realisation of these quality.
A nice nature picture with an excellent sharpness and clarity.
Excellent composition, good presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
Noel_Byrne (26109) 2014-02-16 8:37
I feel like you have brought us to another planet! This looks to me more like the surface of Mars, and makes for such a magical scene. The misty clouds are so mysterious on the far away mountains, while the scattered rock of the foreground makes the place seem forlorn and so far away. The light and colors are spectacular.
Thanks as always for a new vision on the world.
jcpix (13724) 2014-02-16 19:51
Greenland? Really? If it weren't required to input a location, I would have guessed this to be the surface of the moon, or some other planet we don't even know about! :) This has held up quite well, taken 2 months before I was even born...and I would guess it probably looks much the same today, unlike myself!? I'm fascinated by the vast "nothingness," and yet it's surrounded by mountains and glaciers...this has such an intensely strange vibe about it. Perhaps it is from the color cast, but it's none the less wildly intriguing.
I get the impression you had already developed, or inherently possessed, a strong eye for composition. Using the two larger boulders to anchor each side of the frame reflects that awareness. The WS picture is also impressive, as is the scan quality. It's fun to take a look back, isn't it? :) Enjoy the week ahead. take good care.
Friendly wishes from the 'ol red, white and blue,
willperrett (7660) 2014-02-17 1:15
Yes I guessed this was Kodachrome as soon as I saw it: it's got that definite warm bias which was so characteristic. Obviously it would be possible to "correct" that in P'shop, but I think you've done the right thing in respecting the look of the original, even though warmth may not be entirely appropriate to the particular subject matter! Gorgeous wild landscape, and of a very impressive quality given its provenance. But we seem to have been there before...
SnapRJW (31623) 2014-02-17 3:39
Hello John - The slight magenta colour cast aside this is a super shot. The remote and barren-looking landscape with the erratics littering the floor of the glacial valley is a brilliant physical geography shot as well as being very beautiful. The wisps of cloud clinging to the mountains add to the magical scene. A pleasure to see and what a fabulous place to visit. Warm regards Rosemary
mkamionka (31481) 2014-02-17 3:47
bad weather makes us all to come back to older photos. As you said at least we are not flooded... Coming back to old trips is beneficial for everybody as people get to see such wonderful photographs like this one. This looks like a moonscape, although there are most probably no clouds there. But it is so rough and deserted. The clouds add a very nice touch it looks a bit as if you had a long exposure time as they are so smooth. The long shadows are great as well. Very impressive landscape photo showing a place definitely off the beaten track. Your photo is really encouraging to visit the place.
williewhistler (15003) 2014-02-17 4:29
I do enjoy the punchy colors of the original Kodachrome slide that bring this desolate scene to life.
From your well chosen view point there can clearly be seen a huge variety of nicely interspersed boulders and their shadows giving both depth and interest to we poor souls that have spent their lives in and around quarries...
Magical light and super composition as always.
Kind regards Les.
Romano46 (18472) 2014-02-17 6:50
non capita tutti i giorni di vedere fotografie scattate in Groenlandia e a maggior raggione se scattate nel lontano 1970 quando non c'erano viaggi organizzati che raggiungessero quella regione e recarsi in terre così remote era una vera avventura.
Io stesso nel 1971 raggiunsi capo Nord e mi ricordo che era già avventuroso raggiungere la stessa Islanda o le Isola Far Oer perchè i collegamenti navali erano molto scarsi.
Per cui i complimenti per il viaggio sono d'obbligo, ma lo sono anche quelli per la fotografia, già alora caratterizzata da un gusto compositivo eccellente.
Da rilevare che - nonostante la scannerizzazione - essa mantiene gran parte del suo fascino originario oltre ai suoi colori.
Ciao e buona giornata
photoray (12968) 2014-02-17 8:21
Fine Nature view of a glacial moraine, from the ground level, looking into the distant fjord landscape, with a coating of dramatic clouds. And in fine resolution considering image before the digital and internet age.
And I got a chuckle from hearing the clinker small motor boat journey, because my Father always utilized small outboard motors when fishing. His approach was enjoying the scenery not speeding across lakes.
Would like to "stravaig" here with camera and lunch snack in my backpack.
Thanks for sharing,
mesutilgim (87354) 2014-02-17 14:13
Very nice capture of this wild landscape in Greenland !
TFS and best regards
npecanhuk (68172) 2014-02-17 18:37
It must be amazing to visit that place!
A very attractive and inviting picture, with special regards to the chosen pov, composition and exposure!
TFS - congrats,
Kaisa71 (228) 2014-02-23 0:56
Amazing....this photo was taken in 1970!! A lot of memories from 44 years ago. Quality of the photo is good, both colors and sharpness. The area looks rugged and off the beaten track, but I suppose the area has not changed a lot since 1970.
Thanks for sharing.