Melting Bayelva in Spitzbergen

The Bayelva river basin near Ny Alesund, Spitzbergen. The red color in the river is due to the heavy sediment load, that even created a reddish plume in the fjord. Everything is melting rapidly (snow, glaciers, permafrost). Temperature was about 14 Celsius and glacier retreat can be noticed from one year to the next…

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Hasselblad X1D, XCD 21 mm, ISO 100, 1/500 s, f/8

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An impressive landscape image. Excellent choice on the pano crop and I like the processing - the colors are natural and beautifully presented. The low hanging clouds/fog is a great story-telling element too.

If I had a suggestion, it would be to raise the shadow detail on the left; not a whole lot as it’s understood to be the shady side of the mountain… but still a little detail would be nice.

Thanks for sharing!


I agree with Lon. The spread of that river makes this aspect ratio a good choice for this composition. Nice job.

Thanks to both of you for comments! I’ll work on it and try to lighten a bit the shadowy part on the left…