Monday, July 10, 2006

This is awesome!
This came from a Rig Manager for Global Marine Drilling
in St. Johns, Newfoundland.
They actually have to divert the path of these things
away from the rig by towing them with ships!
Anyway, in this particular case the water was calm and
the sun was almost directly overhead
so that the diver was able to get into the water and click this pic. Clear water, huh?!
They estimated the weight at 300,000,000 tons.

Origins: Charming story, but this picture is actually an image called "The Essence of Imagination," marketed by Successories, the "premiere source for motivational media."

This image was produced in 1999 by Ralph A. Clevenger, a professional nature and underwater photographer who is also a member of the faculty of the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California. As Mr. Clevenger explained, this image is not a single photograph but a composite of four different photographs (not all taken in the same place):

The iceberg image is a digital composite that I designed to illustrate the concept of "what you see is not necessarily what you get". As an underwater photographer I knew that my "vision" of what a big iceberg looks like was impossible to get in reality so I had to create it. The image exists in nature but due to water visibility is not possible to capture on film.

There are 4 separate images involved; the sky, the background, the top iceberg (shot in Antarctica), and the underwater iceberg (shot above water in Alaska and flipped in the final composite).

But in the end, it's stil an Iceberg! Awesome!

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