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No guts - no glory by uberfischer No guts - no glory by uberfischer
I think i`ve mentioned a few times how i had a particular shot of the northern lights constantly lurking in the back of my head. Let me explain...

On this night i had been wandering around in complete darkness for a couple of hours... my headlamp was weak, the batteries to my camera were slowly fading away, the temperatures were around -20C and i was quite nervous because of some weird noises. Me and my skiis went down to this spot. This is the place were i really had planned to take an awardwinning, groundbreaking and crazy shot of the aurora. Not really....but at least i had a clever plan...

You see that black pool? Well...my not so clever plan was to jump into that pool with my waders. I was actually wearing my waders this whole night. Glad i didnt run into someone in the dark...

Jumping into that pool...the thing is...i have no idea how deep that pool is. On the right side there is a massive waterfall coming directly down into this pool. Probably the biggest waterfall in the area. So i had a bright moment and started thinking. Chances are if i slided into this pool i would never resurface. It could be 3-4 meters deep for all i know. It probably is THAT deep :-)

My plan was to shoot the aurora from inside this pool. With the frozen edges and all the cool details in the foreground...and a blazing aurora in the background.

I`m telling you....it would have been insane! But since im a big pussy and have no guts....the plan is currently put on ice... I had been scouting and chasing the aurora the whole winter with nothing but that particular shot in mind. Talk about chasing my own tail...

So all i got was this shot. By the time i had set everything up the batteries were dead. So i had to put one of the batteries in my boxers, wrap my balls around it and just give it a minute or two.... Works like a charm. Theres nothing that a pair of warm balls wont fix...

The tracks you see down to the right are not mine. This pool is the playground for a pair of otters...

Exif? dont remember...

Have a grrrreat wednesday!

-Arild-
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:iconmmichelleej:
MmichelleeJ Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional Photographer
Wow, this is beautiful!!!
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horseloveringod Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011
Ahh!! I love it! I set it as my bg on my computer!
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nestlechoco Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
I love everything about this picture! :love:
Extraordinary job!
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deMinegraphy Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
Amazing shot...!!!!!
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BrownEyedWyldChyld Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Featured here: [link] :aww:
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Kiredit Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
One of the most amazin pics involving winter that I have ever seen.
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C-Photography Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
Gorgeous! I love the back story.
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WraxAon Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
Still got a great shot
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fiveclouds Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
beautiful photo!
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JoInnovate Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
OMG the balls story made me laugh like hell^^ gotta keep that trick in mind for my next trip^^ Wonderful picture btw, glad you are still alive and not lost in that pool^^
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eDarKknight Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
Lucky you r living at north, great shot

Btw no guts no glory?
Bolt thrower?
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Tutterz Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
WOW
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lamour13 Featured By Owner May 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It`s the second time I have to appoligize for me faving like crazy again the photos of yours. Sorry! You`re the one to blame! :giggle: I also honestly had a great laughter while reading the 'story'. Art demands sacrifices, right? (:
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hanitsu Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
Amazing!
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mutrus Featured By Owner May 16, 2010
Wow !!! :omg:
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c00LpicS Featured By Owner May 16, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:wow: Stunning :dalove: :clap:
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me-inside515 Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
F e a t u r e d . h e r e . : [link]
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e-M-D-e Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
Great picture!
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pink-doughnut Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
woah that is so amazing
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beachelf Featured By Owner May 14, 2010
:thumbsup: Beautiful!

(hehehe.. Nothing like warm orbs)

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aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner May 13, 2010  Professional Photographer
One of the funnier stories i've read about a photo. Armpits work well too btw :) Great shot

aF
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pinkpurpleblue Featured By Owner May 13, 2010  Student Photographer
now thats dedication!!

AMAZING!!! simply gorgoeus
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sattax Featured By Owner May 13, 2010
it's just like "wow" :)
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Dreampixphotography Featured By Owner May 13, 2010
Great work here well done. I really love it. I would maybe have liked a bit more light in the foreground.
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TrentLarsonphoto Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
Incredible photo man! I would love to see an aroura some time. It's funny how you said it was -20 c...I would want to kill myself, but then again, living in Arizona, I have to deal with 120 F.
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eternaldays Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Student General Artist
looks like some mini model, i lvoe the snow and the sky

yep the dark pool seems deep o_o
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Inebriantia Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Professional Photographer
Amazing photo! :)

Fav! :hug:
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JustinDeRosa Featured By Owner May 12, 2010   Photographer
amazing picture my friend, and a funny description. next time just go in! :D
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DrewHopper Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Professional Photographer
Very impressive! You use the 5D2 yeah? Bad ass long exposures eh :)
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Sari8907 Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, this is breathtakingly beautiful:D I love it!

<3
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menca Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
Mate, you are positively diagnosed as C.R.A.Z.Y.! :D
And that's not bad, that's quite a good development, imho. :)

Congrats on another marvelous shot! And I could not stop giggling like a total nutter while reading the description.

Thank You! :)
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BeMarek Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
I exactly know what you're talking about. Sometimes I wonder what would photographer do for a picture and sometimes we (photographers) do some really stupid things.

At the end I think this shot is awesome and I can't quite picture your thoughts in mind. Are you sure it would've been better? I think that the pool is making the picture.
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plAtSch Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
"the freedom and simple beauty is just too good to pass up".
this is stunning!
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WBphotos Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
Stunning!
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bloodlust686 Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing shot, looks just like home!
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Dani-Lefrancois Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Professional Photographer
great photo and story.. now question.. can boobs replace balls in this story? will they work as effectively?
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LyricalLiesX Featured By Owner May 12, 2010   Photographer
amazing shot!
i loved reading your story about this too :heart:
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wandernotwanda Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
gorgeous
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Revoluti-n Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Student General Artist
It's a beautiful shot! Your hard work and determination paid off, and I think it's great that you went through all that trouble. Way to not give up! :D
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Dave-Derbis Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Professional Photographer
Stunning sky and great background story man! :dance:

Cheers, Dave :)
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CatsEyePhotography Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
Seeing this in person is a goal for my life. I absolutely love this photo. Your story is hilarious, and I think it gives it character to have Otter foot trails. Great job.
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Rykardo Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
You would like to shot fog i would to like this amazing skys!

Fantastic mate :)
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PedroViegas Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
This shot is absolutely gorgeous!

<3 big time
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krzysztofr Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
Amazing photo!
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Meowgli Featured By Owner May 12, 2010   Photographer
Awesome shot and story, this works just fine for me!
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Pistolpete2007 Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning capture!
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Quenia Featured By Owner May 12, 2010   Photographer
Awesome tale :)
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titoartwork Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
excellent work. I love the colors!
unfortunately, we don't have such lights here in the southwest. :(
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Lambophil Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Professional Photographer
Even if it aint in the pool its freakin awesome times an infinite amount. Thanks for the battery tip :P
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