“Coloured Ice” – Duffins Creek

“Coloured Ice” - Duffins Creek

“When you see a fish you don’t think of its scales, do you? You think of its speed, its floating, flashing body seen through the water. Well, I’ve tried to express just that. If I made fins and eyes and scales, I would arrest its movement, give a pattern or shape of reality. I want just the flash of its spirits.”  ― Constantin Brancusi

I could not believe the colours on the surface of this ice flow, beneath the surface of Duffins Creek, a small river which runs through the area where I live. I spend a lot of time, as some of my regular readers may have noticed, hiking the creek and its tributaries.

On this day, the weather shifted regularly between sun, cloud, a brief shower, and then more sun and cloud. When I made this image, a small beam of sun shone on the a section of the creek, lighting up the ice below in whites and shades of turquoise, while the sections under cloud remained various shades of green and brown. I found it a curious effect, that a small section of creek would have so much colour variation, but it was driven by the effects of the sun, sediment in the water, as well as the varying depth of the water on top of the ice, or lack of ice altogether (dark green sections in the foreground), as the creekbed showed through in some areas. The entire image looks like some abstract painting, darker than my preference, but still interesting as your eye sweeps over the photograph.

Nikon D300
Tamron 70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 190 mm
1/250 sec, f/8.0, ISO 250

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