November 13, 2013

Gorner Glacier, Switzerland

Photograph by Robbie Shone, Your Shot

This Month in Photo of the Day: Your Shots

Beneath the stars, two scientific explorers descend into the icy depths of a moulin on the Gorner Glacier in Switzerland. The freshly exposed rock above the glacier on the left-hand side shows how the ice has melted under an increasingly warm world. These explorers are mapping the changes taking place beneath the surface. Their work must be carried out at night because high daytime temperatures create vast amounts of meltwater, making exploration difficult and dangerous.

What Makes This a Photo of the Day? This is a beautifully composed frame and so pleasing to look at. I love the sharpness of the climbers and the areas of the ice illuminated by their headlamps, contrasted with the dreamy sky above. Being at eye level with them as they make their descent underscores the feeling of being between two worlds. —Alexa Keefe, Photo of the Day editor

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44 comments
Sean McConnell
Sean McConnell

Looks like an exploration of a distant planet, wonderfully imaginative picture.

Shannon T
Shannon T

Sad reason for being there but a stunning shot.

holli burnell
holli burnell

it would take a lot of courage to do something like that


Janice H.
Janice H.

CHILLING in more ways than one.       Dangerous work for these explorers.        Otherworldly shot!

Once again
Once again

this depth is creepy. i want to greet those explorers what an effort

pawan kumar
pawan kumar

explorers headlamps created  spectacular effect .Wonderful picture

Super Kami
Super Kami

this is amazing it is amazing how a glacier can form that big

Wildan Salim
Wildan Salim

Almost don't believe it is real. Amazing shot!

riyas arun t
riyas arun t

the action,beautiful background, chilling  lights make this splendid.  

michael john hodder
michael john hodder

There are no words adequate for this stunning shot of an aspect of our world.

Rohini J.
Rohini J.

couldn't  believe on my sight  its realy class shot

Mat Millies
Mat Millies

We are not sufficiently convinced of global warming that's why we search more evidence of it....or not....??!?!?

Lawrence Sibley
Lawrence Sibley

In the spectacular Your Shot gallery, the photographer mentions that the two people in this photo were requested to hold still for the 20 second night time exposure.  The expedient of "posing" perfects the composition and allows the figures to not be blurred in the pools of light from their headlamps.  The star just above the horizon triangulates the explorer's illumination, as if beckoning the exploration of its distant world also, and situating this place, our planet, in the context of the vastness of interstellar space.    

Justin Sykes
Justin Sykes

This is a photo of man interacting with the extremes of his environment.  By better illuminating what is happening with glaciers we can have a clearer understanding of global weather patterns.  These men (everything about there postures indicates them as men) look as if they are in the process of descending into the depths.  Though a team, they approach their task from different vantages, and this lends an isolation  to the picture that is supplemented by the night sky and icy surrounds.

I like the texture of the near field ice.  The accumulation of aggregate materials renders it more like granite than snow.

Technicality / Composition / Content / X factor / originality = 7/10 zoom lenses 

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