Contender: Tom Faranda

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Tom Faranda

Where are you based?
Scottsdale, AZ

When did you take the photograph?
July 18, 2011

What about this place is special for you?
Alesund is a magical town in the fjords of Norway and is more beautiful than any other town or city in Norway. Every ship, ferry, power boat, sail boat and other craft seems to float on a bed of glass with amazing reflections of sea, ship and sky. Once you have visited Alesund, you can never forget it.

What equipment did you use?
Nikon D7000, Nikon 18-200mm, Hoya circular polarizer.

Please describe how you got this photo.
To achieve this incredible view of this remarkable town in Norway, I climbed a 400 meter mountain in downtown Alesund. It is a series of switchbacks that lead to a restaurant and viewing area on top. I took images from several different levels going up and down the mountain. This image was the most striking and showed how Alesund got the nickname of ‘the Venice of the North’.

Did you use any special techniques?
I used both a lens hood and a hat to shade the lens to avoid flair. I shot the scene in aperture priority, staying at a maximum of f/16 to get sharpness without falling into f/22 diffraction issues. I post-processed the image with slight saturation and definition.