Perito Moreno is one of the glaciers which terminate in a lake (Lago Argentino). It has the advantage that at its front you can observe the process called Glacier calving. Of course, it has nothing to do with calving as in birthing a calf. It just means that large fragments of ice break away from the glacier and fall into the lake. Depending on the size of the ice fragment it may become literally an iceberg which may drift really far away from the glacier. Before a piece of ice breaks away you can quite often hear a very loud cracking or booming. That is why watching glaciers may be a spectacle not only for your eyes but also ears.
Unfortunately it is a challenge to show the process in a photo. I was lucky to watch it several times while walking around Perito Moreno. I have recorded three short movies with my camera but I cannot show movies on TE. The only way to show some sort of the movement, which I can think of, is to show a photo where the large piece of ice falls into the water causing a splash. As it is unpredictable you have to react very quickly hence the composition of this photo is not perfect. This photo was taken from a small boat during one hour trip to the southern end of the Perito Moreno.
Just to remind you, Perito Moreno front is on average 73 meters high (above the water level) and 5 km wide.
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luciola (2916) 2011-01-10 1:15
Ciekawa fotka, ciekawy moment. Dobrze widoczna struktura konca lodowca i prawie mozna wyczuc, ze za moment znowu urwie sie kawal lodu. I ten kolor lodu, az sie zimno robi.
Zolive (5935) 2011-01-10 1:23
amazing picture of this piece of glacier falling down into water. Very good shot. The color of the ice is wonderful and it's very spectacular. Thanks for sharing this moment. Congratulations.
bukitgolfb301 (37036) 2011-01-10 1:36
Hi my dear Mariusz
Another wonderful and marvelous shot. Best framework, perfect moment you ctach, marvelous delight color/sharp presentation and very well considered composition as usual. Thanks for your sharing with finest work, have a good start of a new week and best regards,
janusz2054 (2) 2011-01-10 3:36
Wspaniale ujecie dynamicznego lodowca.
Perfecyjnie oddany kolor i struktura lodu.
jhm (141961) 2011-01-10 5:11
More and more glaciers disappear in the sea, perhaps come these high glaciers back, but when !
Splendid picture, I like it this type images.
Also colors are pleasant for look at.
Sharpness and clarity are perfect, also real colors.
Wonderful composition, very well done, TFS.
timecapturer (49288) 2011-01-10 6:08
well captured and titled shot! Nicely sharp and well composed and controlled, love the jagged blue shapes. Wonderful!
yeln (11516) 2011-01-10 8:08
odličen prikaz ledenika, ki se lomi in pada v vodo. zelo dobro ujet trenutek!! bravo! teko si predstavljam viino tega ledenika. lep delo!! tfs
lep večer, vojko
p.s. vsako mesto je lahko lepo za tujca. za domačina, ki dnevno hodi mimo lepih stvari je včasi potrebno kar dobro pogledati okoli sebe, da opazi te lepote.
sacavem (18614) 2011-01-10 9:22
Amazing place and beautiful scene. The composition is great.The hues and the textures are beautiful.This is a very nice shot of the glacier.
SWEETFREEDOM (23066) 2011-01-10 9:25
a really incredible moment it must have been great to to ear the ice clashing on the water.
i like the perfect colors and sharpness.
macjake (58862) 2011-01-10 9:31
yeah, i can certainly appreciate the difficulty in taking such a photo. not only is it hard to capture the ice falling to give a sense of the calving, but these photos of glaciers in general do not give a true sense of scale...its hard to appreciate the grand scale of the ice from a 2 dimensional small photo. but trust me, having seen icebergs and glaciers personally, i do understand this scene you've shot.
i also like the sparkling that seems to be going on along the water surface...light reflections i suppose?
have a great day
faletiz (10759) 2011-01-10 11:03
spectacle grandiose with beautiful light and beautiful colors. Really impressive this glacier that disintegrate at sea!
I wish you a good evening
Silvio1953 (126846) 2011-01-10 12:02
Ciao Mariusz, great view of wonderful glacier, splendid light and beautiful wave, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
UlfE (14641) 2011-01-10 12:41
What a spendid scene. And what a timing to capture the calving in big splash like this. The glacier itself looks great as well and the mountains in the background is a perfect backdrop. TFS and have a fine week!
josepmarin (57837) 2011-01-10 12:42
finally you could receive the scene of the enormous pieces of ice that fall down on the water, with a big splashing.
The image is impressive and has a lot of graphic power, with a good dynamism.
I like these blue tonalities of the ice and its strong contrast with the dark mountains in background.
Good work, and good informative note also.
vasilpro (41035) 2011-01-10 13:05
Wonderful composition, excellent light management, lovely natural colors, beautiful scene, very good timing, very nice POV.
Fis2 (87999) 2011-01-10 13:07
Taki widok zobaczyc na wlasne oczy to frajda.
Nie da sie nie utrwalic takiego widoku.
Super kolorystyka lodu.
Sonata11 (33426) 2011-01-10 16:44
piekne zdjecie oraz swietnie uchwyciles odlam tego lodowca.
Super fotka z bardzo dobra ostroscia, gdzie mozna dostrzec doskonale szczegoly i kolor tego lodowca.Piekne zdjecie,
raszid62 (18585) 2011-01-10 17:59
Co za siła ,majestat i cudowne pękno lodowca. Te błekitne , poszarpane bryły lody wyglądają jak kwiat kryształu górkiego. a w tle czarne skały. Ten plusk w wodzie jednak jest tym co najbardziej pzryciąga uwagę. Ogromna dynamika. Wspaniała kompozycja.
AKITA (15125) 2011-01-10 18:26
a splendid scene you really watched and took the shot,
superb picture of decisive moment of breaking and calving glacier,
a wonderful natural art performance indeed,
light and colors are perfect of course,
thank you for your excellent shot,
jafadabret (56501) 2011-01-10 23:23
C'est ce qu'on appelle un instantané ou un moment décisif. Bravo pour ta réaction spontanée et pour la belle photo qui en est le résultat !
J'aime les couleurs de la glace et la belle gerbe d'eau.
mauro61 (52631) 2011-01-11 1:26
hai colto l'attimo esatto in cui si staccava il pezzo di ghiaccio in una immagine in cui la tonalitŕ del colore mi piace e mi colpisce molto.
delpeoples (54125) 2011-01-11 2:01
Fantastic decisive moment, I bet you couldn;t believe your luck when the iceberg split and fell. Excellent control of the shutter, freezing the moment in time. The blue tones and textures of the iceberg are magnificent.
TFS and have a god day
jlbrthnn (76037) 2011-01-11 3:51
The color blue of these glaciers is still amazing. We guess the gigantism and the impressive spectacle of these huge ice cubes drop into the lake. Very interesting and beautiful photo. Bravo.
Have a nice day
rodgerg (55767) 2011-01-11 3:57
An another very impressive view of your travel in the South of Argentino. Very impressive, very intersting and too very nice with the details and the colors well colected. Excellent contrast too between the differents elements.
npecanhuk (68150) 2011-01-11 3:59
Magnificent glacier! I love those blue tones there!
Great catch with the ice blocks falling into the water!
Impressive nature picture!
An image that makes me so eager to go down to Argentina to see those beauties!
TFS - congrats,
danos (88883) 2011-01-11 4:10
one more excellent shot from the blue glacier,to lay at the roots of the woody Mt. on the backdrop.I like the force from the splashed waves on the glacier.
Have a good afternoon,Danos
barrufeto_77 (28886) 2011-01-11 13:18
Excellent moment with the piece of the ice falling. I really like the blue colours.
Graal (99124) 2011-01-11 23:54
wspanialy lodowiec, fajna prezentacja i informacje w notce. Niestety, coraz bardziej znikaja w morzu, klimat jednak sie ociepla a wczesna zima u nas tego faktu nie zmieni. jakosc zdjecia bdb.
sacimar (26069) 2011-01-12 7:54
other good image of the glacier, it's really impressive this place, you can't show how the piece of ice is falling down in a picture but we can imagine with it, good job,
adramad (39452) 2011-01-12 8:07
Your interesting note, explains very well the difficulty and quick reaction to capture the moment of the fall of a piece of ice.
The value of this pretty picture is not better or worse in its frame, but we can see the displacement of water by falling ice and that thanks to your image we can enjoy it and try to imagine how exciting it will be "in situ ".
Beautiful glacier blue tone and sharpness that allows us to see their sharp escarpments.
bartekp (4746) 2011-01-13 12:36
Świetnie że udało się uchwycić moment odpadania lodu. Kolor i ostrość samego lodu fantastyczna.
ciakgiak (30421) 2011-01-14 14:58
immagine capolavoro! hai catturato un paesaggio mozzafiato in cui c'č l'aggiunta della caduta dei ghiacci. La qualitŕ č come sempre stupefacente.
Un carissimo abbraccio
Angshu (56406) 2011-01-15 5:54
I never knew about this process, forget about seeing a picture of it. While the picture shows only a fraction of a second of the entire process, it must have been quite a spectacle to view with own eyes. Thanks to you at least we are able to see that moment. The jagged teeth like top & the contrast with the dark BG brings it out!
Waylim (25368) 2011-01-20 22:11
Looks like your also have great weather here, I like how the light give that glow to the blue glacier and it is a wonderful moment as it cracks and fell into the lake. Great catch.
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4798) 2011-12-08 20:06
Breathtaking! Wow, I could imagine just being there and seeing this action live. WOW! Those glaciers are really majestic. Fantastic scene, nice capture on the splash! Perfect moment! Awesome colors and beautiful presentation! I Envy you! This is number 2 on my top 10 list! Thanks for sharing!
ikeharel (60363) 2013-01-02 3:46
Your picture here is an evident that ice is blue. A known phenomenon.
Majestic image, the texture, color and contrast are outstanding.
Best wishs for the New Year,
nikkitta (15762) 2013-12-30 17:41
Finallly , to end the year, a comment of a post from Argentina
Great capture of the splashing ice that people said made a stormy and loud noise, the blue colors are just seem quite stunning in great contrast with the spplashing water
Well done, wish you and familly the best for 2014
If you take videos why not edit them , create a channel on YT and post them?
In take only minutes to do it
- Copyright: Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) (31467)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-11-04
- Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS Kiss X4, Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, Hoya Pro PL
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Patagonia 2010
- Date Submitted: 2011-01-10 1:09
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