Ice Art 2017
Each year I get a little better at photographing the ice sculptures. I was pretty happy with my 2017 effort. Here's an example - it was really hard to find an angle that included most of the piece, and yet minimal background clutter. But by using 100 mm focal length and shooting from as far away as possible (plus a little masking in post) I was able to get this (I think quite nice) result.
Ice carving by Ivan Loktyukhin, Vadim Polin, Eduard Ponomarenko, Sergei Zaplatin
Ice carving by Mathew Foster, Mathew Chaloner, Paul Crawford, Attila Olah
Ice carving by Wei, Tian Zuo, Liu, Da Cheng, Xiao, Yong Cai, Qu, Shuoming, Howie"
Ice sculpture by Steve Brice, Heather Brice, Stephen Dean, Glenn Hughes
Ice sculpture by Bradley Groszkiewicz, Otto Magnusson, Jeff Kaiser, Aaron Pencar
Ice carving by Aleksandr Parfenov, Kirill Nikiforov, Pavel Korobeinikov
Ice carving by Edwin Hutchison, Brian Connors, Daniel Howell, Colin Henderson
Ice carving by Vitaly Lednev, Jeff Meyers, Dan Rebolz, Dean De Maris
So I went out into the driveway planning to photograph Trusten's old drill rig. But it was mid-afternoon on a deep-winter Sunday, and the sun was close to setting. It's rays just lit up the top of this frosty (Aspen?) tree - and the lighting was just right for my polarizer to darken the sky behind. Who'd have thought I could get such a pretty shot just 30 feet from where I park my car?
Real-Life Steam Punk
I love photographing Trusten's old drill rig that is parked in the Knoll driveway - and I particularly like this shot. It was taken in the dead of winter, and I'd kind of hoped the cabin would be full of ice crystals. It wasn't, but the snowy windows and some careful lighting work still made for a gorgeous yet eerie image.