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01/07/2005 10:42:34 PM · #1
I tried to find the thread with the ice photos, but the search function is impossible to use since it doesn't check the actual thread title!

Anyway, here's a neat sight...the creek froze (raising the level) and then thawed out again slowly...

I will be able to shoot this again in better light...any suggestions on what to do differently if I go back?

I'm not entirely happy with this composition. I'd like to get lower, but then I would get a lot of trees and clutter in the background...

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01/07/2005 11:18:41 PM · #2
Okay, I forgot to say "please"!

I'm only bumping this because the photo itself has only been viewed 7 times and it looks pretty neat, honest!
01/07/2005 11:30:12 PM · #3
well...if your willing to get a little damp, i think it would be pretty cool to have the ice even with the horizon.

...thats just me though
01/07/2005 11:31:58 PM · #4
Maybe try to use the most shallow dof you can to isolate it a bit. Or, using the "less is more" idea, you can try to focus on a much smaller area of the photo. Do you have a good zoom where you can get in close to some of the ice hanging down?
01/07/2005 11:38:18 PM · #5
Unfortunately, I only have a 18-55mm kit lens and this shot was taken at 55mm...

I don't mind getting a little wet so maybe I'll go wading tomorrow morning. Like I said, I'm a little worried that by getting level with the horizon I'll get a lot of clutter in the back ground...although if I was in the water anyway, I could point the camera upstream where there are some ripples...
01/07/2005 11:43:43 PM · #6
It's an interesting subject - but the image does seem a little busy - there's no real opportunity for the eye to 'rest' on a focal point. Maybe you could try to blur the background in photoshop to simulate a shallower DOF.

Good luck!
01/07/2005 11:44:45 PM · #7
see my detail comments under the original post
01/07/2005 11:56:31 PM · #8
Thanks for the insight. The photo was taken at f7.1 @ 1/80s. Unfortunately, other than for a few hours one day in the early afternoon, we've had no sun around here in weeks (quite literally). I am able to revisit this spot and if I get some sun tomorrow afternoon I'll make it worth the effort!
01/08/2005 12:08:26 AM · #9
You might even do better on a cloudy but bright day if you are taking pictures of ice. The direct sun can cast some really nasty blown-out highlights, or at the very least make a good exposure really difficult.

And if you do decide to go wading, watch for slick rocks. You don't want to dunk that Rebel.
01/08/2005 12:13:41 AM · #10
On a second thought I am posting the details in this discussion trail also..

This is a real nice study of the magic of nature. But as the frame has so many subjects around, it looks quite cluttered. Next time if you can get a similar catch, try to capture just the smaller branch on the right in a portrait (upright) frame.

You have not mentioned the technical details of the photograph, so I cannot comment with exact recommendations in this front. But try to use a smaller aperture along with a slower shutter speed, it would give you a better contrast on the ice crystals and blur the flowing water. Use of tripod is highly recommended in such case. Wait near the subject for a long time; try to catch the brightest rays of sun. You may even experiment with some flash light from the side also.

I am not sure how would be the tide conditions earlier in the morning, but try to reach the spot while the sun is in about 45 degrees (rising or setting), if the water is low and the crystals are there your photograph may turn out to be a entirely different one. Nature is magical; you need to be really patient to catch the magical moment.

If you want to share the future snaps with technical data, probably we can work together on this beautiful piece of nature.

Best of luck..
-Avijit.
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