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    I spent about an hour in the ice cave with my friend and my dog. At the back of the cave is a waterfall with a skylight that remains among the most surreal experiences of my life. As I was leaving I saw the sky softening and the pink hues on lips of the clouds. I made it about as far as the trees before turning back toward the cave. I had that feeling that this was going to be special. The day after I was there, December 27th, there was a major avalanche in the cave.
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    Composition 6
    Lighting 5
    Creativity 3
    Story 3

    I love it! Great job. I know from experience that balancing the light between that from inside a cave and that of the outside world is technically difficult, especially when you shoot the scene during the day. I love the soft subtle pastel colours outside the ice cave that contrast beautifully with those harsh scallops in the walls of the cave. It's an EPIC scene alright, made even more so with the perfect framing from inside the cave. Love the lingering clouds rolling in too.

    Robbie Shone
    National Geographic photographer
    Photo Details
    Date Uploaded: Apr 11, 2016
    Camera: Canon Canon EOS 5D Mark II
    Focal Length: 24 mm
    Shutter Speed: 4/10 sec
    Aperture: f/11
    ISO: 100
    Copyright: © Jason Matias
    Categories: Landscapes, Nature, Travel
    Assignments: Epic, Photo of the Day , Climate Change: In Focus, Beautiful Destinations, Your Outdoor Adventure
    Contests: 2016 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year, 2016 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year