February 10, 2014

Northern Exposure

Photograph by Kani Polat, National Geographic Your Shot

"Every year I visit Gdansk, Poland, as a part of our family trip," says Kani Polat, a member of our Your Shot community. A cold-weather front gave Polat the opportunity to capture this picture on Gdynia beach. "After a few days of searching for some compositional elements, I came across these ice-covered rocks," Polat says. "They were so interesting to me that I decided to separate them from possible distracting elements." Polat used a long exposure, a lower viewpoint, and a zoom lens to achieve the shot. "Such wonderful scenery happens rarely on the Baltic coast. It was a real pleasure to witness despite the freezing cold."

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58 comments
Tangi M
Tangi M

Very beautiful capture!

Sandy Wilt
Sandy Wilt

Very nice! It is an interesting picture

zhonghui z.
zhonghui z.

The transparent of the air is more like a crystal ball.





Shannon T
Shannon T

They kind of look like frozen animals.

Antonio Falivene
Antonio Falivene

Kani many congratulations! Beside the rocks there is a wonderful view of the Baltic sea.  At which time  you made the shoot?

cynthia t.
cynthia t.

I'm surprised they are rocks instead of some enormous animals lying there... a great shot in general and look at the pinkie lovely skyline! :)

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

A delicate pink sky, a blue and white horizon,and the ice covered rocks in the foreground, well its just an awesome shot. Much more than unusual, and hard for me to believe that its a beach!  Terrific photography, so thank you. j.e.s.  

Connie Kingrey
Connie Kingrey

When I first glanced at this, I thought I was looking at dead polar bears on floating icebergs. I felt sad and looked for the description. Amazing what the mind can come up with? LOL!  Beautiful picture of the icy rocks.


Mark Freerks
Mark Freerks

The texture on the makes them look like they are alive

Rajsri Sanders
Rajsri Sanders

I appreciate your effort of capturing this beautiful and rare shot with twilight background using long exposure, a lower viewpoint and a zoom lens despite the freezing cold. Though we had the same kind of happiness which you enjoyed when  you happened to see a rare kind of wonderful scenery, we never face any physical effort on this. Thanks to you for posting a wonderful shot and thanks to National Geographic for paving way to this great opportunity!

Janice H.
Janice H.

Amazing shot of what looks like it could be pastries of various kinds decorated with powdered sugar and icing.     Fascinating!

Sandra Hickman
Sandra Hickman

Turning it into B & W could be  just as effective and then enhancing the shadows.

Sandra Hickman
Sandra Hickman

The composition and long exposure doing the trick to turn this into a very interesting and good photo. Thanks for sharing.

Chudamani Akavaram
Chudamani Akavaram

The rocks with the crown of ice is an example of how nature adorns itself to express the beauty and creativity supposed to be owned only by humans.

Shane Hughes
Shane Hughes

This is great. The photographer's instinct to frame the image with a clean non-distracting background really puts the viewer's focus where it needs to be, and the long exposure really helps give the water a very smooth mist-like look. Congrats to the photographer for a wonderful image.

qing li
qing li

Long exposure, alway I love.

Lynda Matzek
Lynda Matzek

Absolutely fascinating, thank you for taking this shot and sharing it.

William Glenn
William Glenn

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Charles Spencer
Charles Spencer

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