One last post from the abandoned USAF base on the Ikateq channel (see earlier post for details) before moving on to other locations.
Out of the dozens of photographs that I took at the old airbase, I liked this one because of the interplay of the diagonals formed by the cirrus clouds in the sky and the old crane on the ground. I played around with a few different POVs (I’ve posted an alternative one in the Workshop). These shots were taken next to a rudimentary wharf that had been built by the USAF on the Ikateq channel. I assume this crane was used to unload supply ships for the base.
Although most of the photographs I took at the airbase have nobody in frame (the four of us were the only people there), I decided to post this shot with one of my traveling companions walking ahead of me to add an additional element of interest. The orange outfit she is wearing are protective overalls that we wore over our winter ski gear to keep us warm from the icy wind-chill when on the water. I had five layers of clothing on comprising thermal underwear, shirt, sweater, a goose-down ski jacket as well as the overalls which incorporated a lifejacket – and whenever we went ashore we felt like astronauts walking on the moon. (It looks like my friend’s head has disappeared, but that’s just because the protective overalls were so big, the head is hidden behind the hood).
I could have easily spent a whole day taking photographs of this 'open air museum' against the magnificent Greenland scenery, but unfortunately we had to move on after an hour or so otherwise we would not have had time to visit the glaciers about 20km further up the fjords that were the source of the icebergs that you can see in the channel. Although we had nearly 24 hours of daylight whilst we were there, later in the day the temperature on the water would drop below what would be tolerable even with all our arctic gear.
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MHZ (60) 2007-07-09 11:58
It's beautiful, the clouds diagonal formation as you said is fantastic and the whole thing looks like an oil painting, i was wondering about this orange thing?!! it's so bright to fit in!.
JEPC (1305) 2007-07-09 12:05
Good composition. Nice sky. I agree with you when decided put your traveling companions like an additional element of interest. Worked well!
crhieatt (5347) 2007-07-09 12:28
Interesting perspective David. I'm just guessing - but is it a bit chilly? I have the distinct feeling that could be an understatement.
I'm always fascinated by abandoned places myself, but one can't help thinking, between shots, is anyone ever going to clear this mess up? Probably not.
ViktorVaughn (1521) 2007-07-11 0:22
Another great photo from this location, again I think I prefer the workshop photo, I like you POV in that one.
As for this one, it is still a very strong and interesting shot, with some beautiful points of interest.
I will have to say though, that I think the inclusion of the person doesn't work in this photo. Perhaps because of the position of the person, they seem lost in the frame (not really in the bottom or top, but just kind of there) maybe if they had been sitting on one of the barrels, I'm not sure.
I think it's because this seems like such a remote landscape and the atmosphere from the rusted crane, that I think a human element isn't necessary.
Just my opinion though. Thanks for showing this location.
jemaflor (96009) 2007-07-11 9:26
well composed, lovely landscape, interesting details and great effect with lines of clouds in this blue sky.
rbcy1974 (20758) 2007-07-12 5:07
Very beautiful mixture of naturural glory and man made decrepitude
Very well seen
colinbrenchley (6431) 2007-07-13 4:42
Your are certainly getting around the world! That wide angle lens of yours has helped to produce another cracking image. The sky has been handled excellently with the cirrus acting as a perfect balance to the sky rather than all blue.
sabyasachi1212 (19779) 2007-07-13 9:56
I think your companion just presented you the best possible point of view. Almost looks like a scene from some outer planet, only if they had water. Nice work.
With Greetings from India
danyy (0) 2007-07-13 12:52
je ne le dirai jamais assez, le Groenland est une terre qui m'attire au plus haut point, certains événements de cette année m'ont empêché ou ont retardé le moment où j'ai poserai les pieds.
Une terre redoutable, hostile, comme je les aime.
Belle photo tehcniquement impeccable.
vinicio (23423) 2007-07-13 14:10
Same place and atmosphere but something of different, this time the man in orange and the crane create a scene like moon-landscape, and this is nice, well done, David. compliments.
have a good week-end
kensimage (8565) 2007-07-14 0:11
This is really a great series, David! You're right that in this shot, the best part is the way the spreading diagonals of the crane mimic those in the clouds. So a good choice of POV, and your friend makes a great color accent! Sounds like it was even colder than it looks. Regards, Ken.
prumod (8300) 2007-07-14 2:48
it's a wonderful place and nice capture... the clouds and the mountain are very attractive and in the foreground you have good contrasting elements....
edal (6804) 2007-07-19 6:04
A great capture of the cloud. I understand it as an illustration of nature's healing properties - even against steel and concrete invasion...
Thanks for showing us this beautiful place.
hatti52 (12786) 2007-07-20 0:47
Very nice composition with great depth and colours
AiresSantos (56155) 2007-07-22 8:11
Very interesting this documentary photo. The clouds are lovely and the colours fantastic.
Very well seen and done
Have a nice week
pboehringer (770) 2007-07-29 13:16
David, a very interesting composition of the radiating cirrhus clouds and the crane. It forms a crux and as an additional element to loosen it "you" placed the person with the red/orange clothes.
Brian (3) 2007-07-29 20:36
Amazing scene. A deserted air force base from another time on a almost lunar landscape.
As you said the cris-cross between the cirrus & crane lines make it interesting to see. I like the wide angle view of the channel.
I gotta visit Greenland along with Iceland...
stego (24132) 2007-08-01 11:17
These latter posts of yours are very refreshing. I was already used to delight myself with your photos of warm places, now it's time to do it with cold places in a time that the temperature soar where I am now. :-)
This one caught my attention already on the thumbnail. The light and clarity is something impressive, and, as you, I like very much that game of lines that make it very punchy. There is also the intense colour contrast of the orange "astronaut".
TFS, Regards, José.
plimrn (21344) 2008-01-19 14:35
I too like the way you intgrated the diagonals of the crane with the streaming diagonals of the clouds in the sky. The 'glamour' garb is perfect for reminding us of the realities of the area; here I had been looking at these sunny shots and imagining cool summer weather!!
testmaniac (13508) 2008-02-21 23:42
Hello David, very nice photo and interesting place! Good composition,POV and colors.
TFS and regards,
- Copyright: David Astley (banyanman) (7789)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-06-26
- Categories: Nature, Ruins
- Camera: Nikon D200, Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm f/4G ED, Circular PL
- Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Landscapes, Seascapes I [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-07-09 11:52