Carol Quina level-classic 3/8/2012 8:47:44 PM

So cool! Love it. Love the star burst from the light. The salt almost looks like shells. #1448422

Joy Rector 3/10/2012 5:08:01 AM

excellent #10031572

Jane Holestine 3/10/2012 5:17:55 AM

Usman, this is a fabulous image!! The comp detail, DOF, and lighting are great. #10031582

Nikki McDonald level-classic 3/10/2012 9:18:31 AM

Very pretty and interesting, Usman, and I do see lots of "A" shapes in this one. Excellent detail, light and color. #10031814

Michele Peterson level-classic 3/10/2012 9:57:06 AM

WOW! What an incredible place this must be! I love the A shapes, and the colors are amazing. HTD, Usman! #10031877

Marcie A. Fowler 3/10/2012 10:21:45 AM

I love this. what a creative entry for the A theme. Beautifully composed and captured. Excellent details. #10031894

Graham Robards level-classic 3/10/2012 4:22:07 PM

Awesome. HTD! Pat. #10032293

Amanda D. Austwick level-classic 3/10/2012 4:24:30 PM

Usman, what an out standing photo! I really like the textures and the mounds of ancient salt that appear in"A" form. #10032295

Terry A. Stoa level-classic 3/11/2012 7:05:09 AM

Very nice, Usman. Great composition and colors - I also really like the starburst of light. #10032889

Julianne Bradford 3/11/2012 9:09:47 AM

A is for Amazing Usman! #10033006

Bunny Snow level-classic 3/11/2012 2:00:57 PM

The lighting, color, shapes and textures are superb, Usman! What an "amazing" capture! Well done!!! #10033309

Jackie M. Sajewski 4/17/2012 7:41:33 PM

What an amazing image. #10096345

Dawn Schwack level-classic 4/18/2012 8:10:33 AM

Usman, fantastic image! I love the texture and the starburst. #10097334

Nikki McDonald level-classic 4/18/2012 5:51:45 PM

The color, light and textures are fantastic here, Usman. Good luck with your favorite. #10098160

Jessica Jenney level-classic 4/30/2012 12:23:54 PM

WOW! This is stunning, Usman! I want to see some gold! #10115072

Jill Odice level-classic 5/5/2012 2:50:32 AM

This is outstanding! And y that you got it using a D40 really shows that it is the photographer, not the camera that makes a great image! #10123922

Gary R. Smith 5/16/2012 7:48:53 AM

Awesome photo, Usman. Looks like a winner. #10139169

Katarina Mansson 5/19/2012 3:35:29 AM

Impressive sight and capture; good luck this time around with this beauty Usman! #10142058

Dr Silly 5/19/2012 4:33:30 AM

Awesome. :O)

Phyllis H. Burchett 5/22/2012 12:18:06 PM

Amazing Usman! #10145982

Joannie Bertucci level-classic 5/23/2012 6:30:07 AM

WINNER! #10146972

Orsi 5/23/2012 1:03:04 PM

WOOW!!! #10147338

Daniella Puente 6/7/2012 10:17:22 AM

I hope to see this again, is fantastic, unique! #10171763

Patricia A. Casey level-classic 6/18/2012 5:16:40 PM

A Third Congratulations, Usman......are there more?......wonderfully captured....All the best with this image in the next round..... #10186409

Nikki McDonald level-classic 6/18/2012 6:11:11 PM

Way to keep the faith on this beauty, Usman. Congratulations on the Finalist and good luck in the next round. #10186693

Phyllis H. Burchett level-classic 6/18/2012 6:53:00 PM

BIG congrats Usman #10186927

Ann Coates level-classic 6/18/2012 7:58:25 PM

Congratulations on your outstanding finalist Usman. I hope we see this again. #10187174

Ujjwal Mukherjee level-classic 6/18/2012 10:03:19 PM

Wonderful image and finalist,Usman! Congratulations and good luck with it!! #10187532

Carol Quina level-classic 6/18/2012 10:04:39 PM

Love it Usman! Congrats on the finalist. Good luck in the next round! #10187540

Stefania Barbier level-classic 6/19/2012 12:02:28 AM

wow Usman, superb... congratulations on your beautiful finalist!!! #10187762

Christopher Budny level-classic 6/19/2012 6:19:42 AM

Congratulations, Usman! Glad to see this one make it! #10188371

Jessica Jenney level-classic 6/19/2012 7:54:23 AM

Congrats, Usman! One of my favorites! #10188705

Debra R. Harder 6/19/2012 10:54:28 AM

I cannot imagine this not winning GOLD, Usman! Truly MAGNIFICENT! Huge congratulations on your SUPERB finalist!!!!! #10189337

Emile Abbott level-classic 6/19/2012 11:24:10 AM

Outstanding month for you Usman and congratulations again on another awesome finalist. #10189366

Errick L. Cameron level-classic 6/19/2012 1:57:30 PM

You are the Light Man this month Usman! #10189669

Maria Coulson 6/19/2012 3:10:59 PM

Wow Usman, this is gorgeous! I am sure I will see it again. Congratulations! #10189780

Lydia Williams level-classic 6/19/2012 4:25:30 PM

Wow, this just pops out at ya...Fantastic! Congratulations! Again!
:) #10189880

Rona L. Schwarz 6/19/2012 6:45:54 PM

This is stunning, Usman, and so unusual! Magnificent details and love the starburst and textures! Huge congrats on yet another outstanding finalist! #10190307

Carol Eade level-classic 6/20/2012 5:32:18 AM

Congratulations on your terrific finalist! #10191060

Dore Vorum 6/20/2012 8:45:30 AM

Congratulations! An amazing image. #10191282

Christopher Budny level-classic 6/20/2012 8:47:12 AM

Congratulations on your win, Usman! #10191290

Jessica Jenney level-classic 6/20/2012 8:47:56 AM

Congratulations, Usman on your fabulous winner! #10191293

Don Christiana level-classic 6/20/2012 8:54:23 AM

Congratulations Usman on your stunning GOLD winner. #10191317

Maria Coulson 6/20/2012 8:55:04 AM

I knew it! Congratulations on your gold. #10191323

Donna La Mattino Pagakis level-classic 6/20/2012 9:02:47 AM

I loved this from the moment I saw it Usman!!! Congratulations on your WIN!!! #10191351

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 6/20/2012 9:11:51 AM

WTG on your fabulous May 2012 winner, Usman! :-) k #10191380

Michele Peterson level-classic 6/20/2012 9:18:02 AM

Congratulations, Usman, on this unique and interesting find and capture getting gold!! Its fabulous!! #10191398

Monnie Ryan 6/20/2012 9:44:22 AM

Awesome, Usman - congratulations on a well-deserved win! #10191449

Dennis Behm 6/20/2012 10:12:48 AM

Congratulations on winning Gold! #10191511

Bojan Bencic level-classic 6/20/2012 10:20:03 AM

Fantastic. Congratulations on your win, Usman. #10191561

Chuck Bruton level-classic 6/20/2012 10:24:11 AM

Congratulations great image #10191595

JO ANN CLEVELAND level-classic 6/20/2012 10:31:00 AM

Big congratulations on this awesome 2nd Place Gold Winner Usman!

jo ann c. #10191647

Joseph T. Pilonero level-classic 6/20/2012 10:31:17 AM

FAscinating image, Usman. Great lighting, too. Congratulations on the Gold. TED #10191648

Gina Cormier level-classic 6/20/2012 10:33:39 AM

Congrats on this fabulous image, #10191664

Leslie McLain level-classic 6/20/2012 10:38:03 AM

Congrats on an amazing winner, Usman. #10191686

Gerri R. Jones 6/20/2012 11:21:21 AM

Amazing place and such a beautiful capture! Congratulations Usman! #10191843

Janet Fikar 6/20/2012 11:33:16 AM

Wow, this is so fabulous! Congratulations. #10191877

Ann Coates level-classic 6/20/2012 11:40:10 AM

So pleased to see this get a Gold, congratulations Usman. #10191904

Danny B. Head level-classic 6/20/2012 12:40:02 PM

Congrats on your win, Usman! #10192110

Terry Cervi level-classic 6/20/2012 2:05:32 PM

What a fantastic capture, Usman!! Congrats on this beautiful win! #10192285

Emile Abbott level-classic 6/20/2012 3:22:11 PM

WTG all the way to the GOLD badge Usman. Congratulations. #10192500

Kathryn Wesserling level-classic 6/20/2012 3:33:54 PM

You introduce us to some of the most unique / fascinating places and things through your special images, Usman. Congratulations for the Gold on this one. #10192527

Bob Cournoyer level-classic 6/20/2012 3:42:33 PM

Congrats on your gold, Usman... :-) #10192564

Dr Silly level-classic 6/20/2012 4:13:22 PM

UB congrats on your Gold for this awesome photo. :O)

Wm Nosal 6/20/2012 4:26:02 PM

Awesome! Usman
Congratulations #10192691

Debra R. Harder 6/20/2012 5:24:07 PM

No surprise here, Usman! Huge congratulations on your OUTSTANDING GOLD WINNER!! #10192790

Claudia Kuhn level-classic 6/20/2012 5:27:43 PM

A wonderful winner Usman, congrats! #10192806

Sharon Sawyer level-classic 6/20/2012 5:50:34 PM

WOW!!! WTG, Usman! HUGE congratulations on your stunning and well deserved SECOND PLACE WINNER!!! #10192876

Nancy Marie Ricketts 6/20/2012 6:32:40 PM

Congratulations, Usman, on this superb winning shot! #10192956

Tarun Bose 6/20/2012 7:07:41 PM

Big congrats Usman for your winner. #10193075

Ellen Hodges level-classic 6/20/2012 7:26:15 PM

Huge congrats on a stunning winner, Usman!!!! WTG!!! #10193123

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic 6/20/2012 8:04:33 PM

Thank you all for your kind comments and continuing support. My day has just got brighter. Thanks to the Judges for considering it gold-worthy.

UB. #10193199

Charles C. Berkeley level-classic 6/20/2012 8:07:44 PM

Congratulations on your Second Place Win! Charles #10193206

Ujjwal Mukherjee level-classic 6/20/2012 8:32:00 PM

HUGE congratulations,Usman!! Well deserved Winner!! #10193233

Karen E. Baumann level-classic 6/20/2012 9:42:07 PM

Awesome!!! Congratulations, Usman! #10193296

Phyllis A. Houghton level-classic 6/20/2012 10:03:22 PM

This is interesting, informative, greatly composed, great detail and lighting. Congratulations Usman! #10193317

Robert K. Bemus level-classic 6/20/2012 10:29:05 PM

Congratulations on your Win, Usman!! #10193332

Raymond Pauly level-classic 6/20/2012 11:43:49 PM

Wonderful winner here, Usman! Congratulations! #10193393

Graham Robards level-classic 6/20/2012 11:46:21 PM

Congratulations UB! Wonderful to see this image gets the medal it deserves. Pat #10193395

Stefania Barbier level-classic 6/21/2012 2:06:40 AM

gorgeous win Usman, huge congrats!!! #10193509

Katarina Mansson 6/21/2012 2:55:38 AM

Congratulations on your beautiful and spectacular winner Usman! #10193548

Cheryl Schneider 6/21/2012 3:31:14 AM

How intriguing! Big congratulations, Usman. #10193589

John Rivera level-classic 6/21/2012 5:09:40 AM

Congratulations Usman on this great winner! #10193740

Amanda D. Austwick level-classic 6/21/2012 5:17:09 AM

Usman, I'm nit surprised at all that you won Gold on the unusual beauty. Congratulations!!! #10193761

Christine Czernin level-classic 6/21/2012 6:09:55 AM

So beautiful, like a book illustration.
Many congrats on your gold, Usman. #10193862

ALLEN O. HOWARD 6/21/2012 8:52:52 AM

F*A*N*T*A*S*T*I*C, Usman!!! Congratulations! #10194069

Erica Murphy level-classic 6/21/2012 11:17:44 AM

Congratulations on your WIN Usman!! This is such a coooooool image!!! WTG! #10194287

Rona L. Schwarz 6/21/2012 12:28:01 PM

WTG, Usman! So happy to see this one with GOLD, but not surprised at all - it is one magnificent image! Huge Congratulations! #10194387

Debbie Bray 6/21/2012 12:55:58 PM

Usman, this image had winner written all over it right from the beginning - a truly superb picture. CONGRATULATIONS!! #10194434

Susan Fox 6/21/2012 4:55:03 PM

Fabulous image, congrats #10194703

David Phalen level-classic 6/21/2012 5:28:28 PM

BIG Congrats on a spectacular Winner!! #10194758

Phyllis H. Burchett 6/21/2012 8:33:19 PM

Congrats Usman! #10195058

Diane E. Deming level-classic 6/22/2012 4:45:20 PM

Congratulations, Usman. This is just fantastic! #10195956

Judy V. Kennamer level-classic 6/22/2012 5:45:35 PM

Congrats on your beautiful winner Usman!!!! #10196036

David M. Montero 6/23/2012 7:54:59 AM

How cool! Congratulations on your Gold medal Usman! #10196679

Cindy Bendush level-classic 6/24/2012 2:02:48 AM

Love your composition Usman! Congratulations on your win! #10197504

Lydia Williams level-classic 6/24/2012 6:03:15 PM

So happy to see this get a gold, Usman..Congratulations! #10198338

Randy D. Dinkins level-classic 6/25/2012 4:39:27 PM

Great capture and treatment, big Congrats!!! #10200062

Merna L. Nobile 6/27/2012 1:13:30 PM

Do what you love, and it will make your soul rich. CONGRATULATIONS, for being an award winner for the month of May, 2012. Merna #10202850

Rolando Rosito 7/4/2012 7:36:35 PM

Fantastic image Usman, Congratulations!! #10214583

Joseph M. Muench level-classic 7/20/2012 5:01:01 PM

You've done it again, Usman. Stunning image.
-Joe #10238153

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Deep inside the Khewra Salt Mines (2nd largest in the World) in Punjab, Pakistan.

Stalactites and Stalagmites are natural formations in the caves of mountains having limestone/salt. These form when rainwater seeps through spaces in the mountain dissolving limestone/salt over time and dripping from the ceiling. The hanging ones are called Stalactites while Stalagmites are deposited on the ground. The lighted tower in the bg is erected of salt bricks.
11mm, f/22, 20sec.

Exif: F Number: 22, Exposure Bias Value: -0.67, ExposureTime: 20/1 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 400, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 11.00 mm, Model: NIKON D40

Uploaded on 3/8/2012 7:46:32 PM

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Camera: Nikon D40 Digital SLR Camera

BetterPhoto.com All Time Best Photo Contest Finalist
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner

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