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"Snow Pattern #5 at ARC 2000," by Simon Beck

Pattern made in snow with snowshoes.

The attempt at the 3D effect has been reasonably successful except where I ran out of reasonably flat snow! These bluish pictures have been processed in Photoshop and distorted to improve the proportions. This was done with Roberto Lebel at ARC 2000, a ski area in France. --- Simon Beck (

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