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“Thaw”

“Thaw”

“As winter releases its grip, memories of warmer are revealed”
– Ed Lehming 

I’ve spent a lot of time recently walking around my town. Primarily due to convenience and partly because the late winter forests have been fairly uninspiring. I’m always looking for unusual things that might make for an interesting photo.

Many times, I will see something that catches my eye and I spend more time observing the scene or object, trying to understand why it stood out. I also see things as they may be. What I mean by that is that I use a bit of an impressionist’s eye to extract more than just the object itself.

Here, I came across a boulder emerging from the ice along the path that I was walking on. The way the light played on the ice, and a bit on the rock, made for an interesting composition.

I’ve also started to paint, so I’m looking for subjects that may lend themselves to this treatment. Often I’m not sure exactly how I may create a painting, but have the advantage of several plug-ins that allow me to ‘play’ with the image to form my final approach.

That’s what I did here. I took the photo from my iPhone and applied a few filters to get me to where I want to go with an eventual painting.

iPhone 7 back camera @ 4 mm
1/15 sec; f/1.8; ISO 1600

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“Up and Around”

“Up and Around”

“And this is how the forest changes, one step, one day, one moment at a time. ” 
― Ed Lehming

The time of change is at my doorstep. Though flurries still fill the air from time to time, the inevitable change is palpable. Paths once completely ice covered are now more passable. Mud and leaves fill the spaces between, and the ice slowly recedes.

Even the evergreens are a bit brighter, as the sun brings freshness their winter faded needles. Birdsong returns to fill the air.

I love this time of year, watching the gradual shift from ice to green. It reminds me that life is a cycle; that there are times of growth and times of rest. The toughest part is just before the change, a time when my world is ice covered and dull; uninspiring. Yet, with patience and the knowledge that it’s temporary, I venture out for moments like this, moments where the change is visible and I look forward to the days ahead.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 70mm
1/4 sec, f/10.0 ISO 250

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“Spring Thaw, but not quite”

“Spring Thaw, but not quite”

“Mist to mist, drops to drops. For water thou art, and unto water shalt thou return.”
― Kamand Kojouri

While the snow is gone in all but the deepest woodland areas near home, that’s not the case a few hours drive north of here.

Yesterday, I drove north to switch out some artwork in a co-op gallery I am associated with in Bancroft, Ontario and had the opportunity to drive around and make some photos. We also have a camper in the area, which we walked to, since the roads were still partially snow covered and the clear parts were soft, soupy much, as the frost was coming out of the ground. Interesting times many living in cities with paved roads never consider, but it’s a fact of life in the near north.

Marble Lake, the small spring fed lake that our camper is on was still frozen, but beginning to thaw on the surface, sort of. The mild days, with sunshine and above freezing temperatures, melt the surface, which re-freezes overnight. This freezing and thawing makes for some interesting effects.

This is exhibited in the attached photo. Apparently, the leaf had fallen onto the melted surface on a milder day and sunk to the ice beneath the water, that water froze overnight. Now, the slightly submerged leaf absorbs sunlight the next day, melting the ice around it, just a bit faster than the surrounding ice, creating an indentation, which capture other items blowing across the surface and freezing once more, as the temperatures drop. Bubbles of air rise from below and accumulate, getting bigger over time. I thought it made for an interesting composition and an opportunity to capture a small section of a process happening all over the area.

In a few days, the process will accelerate, the remaining ice will drop beneath the surface and the lake will be fully exposed. A process I would love to document one day, as I’ve only seen portions of it.

iPhone 7 back camera @ 4.0mm
1/2500 sec;   f/1.8;   ISO 20

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“The Thaw”

“The Thaw”

“The common eye sees only the outside of things, and judges by that, but the seeing eye pierces through and reads the heart and the soul.”
― Mark Twain

I had no idea just how interesting something as mundane as melting ice could be.

The image I chose for today is a large slab of lake ice which had begun to melt. The gradual melting process showed some very intricate crystalline structures within the ice, made even more dramatic by the extreme purity of the ice. I keep finding myself staring deep into the clear columns, wishing I had something bright with me that I could have put behind the slab. That, would make it even more beautiful.

iPhone 7 back camera @ 4.0mm
1/60 sec;   f/1.8;   ISO 20

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“February Thaw”

“February Thaw”

“By March, the worst of the winter would be over. The snow would thaw, the rivers begin to run and the world would wake into itself again.

Not that year.

Winter hung in there, like an invalid refusing to die. Day after grey day the ice stayed hard; the world remained unfriendly and cold.”
― Neil Gaiman

February has been an odd one here on Southern Ontario. After the snows of December, we had a gradual melt-freeze-melt cycle which left the ground essentially bare at the start of the month, with the occasional ice patch.

Last week, the snows returned and we have had some significant accumulations and a lot of drifting. One recent storm caught me off guard and had e driving through white-out conditions a few times, something I have not experienced for years and a not so gentle reminder that I do live in Canada.

One of the side benefits of these melt cycles is the beautiful icicles which form on days where the snow just begins to melt and then freezes up again. It’s even nicer when the sun break through and lights them up for me. It’s especially nice to see the sun because this winter we have had record days of cloud cover, which from a photographer’s standpoint is not a bad thing, but I do miss the sun’s warmth and brightness. I am looking forward to continued warming and the inevitable spring.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/100 sec, f/9.0, ISO 100

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“Glazed Cedar”

“Glazed Cedar”

“Silence can always be broken by the sound
Of footsteps walking over frozen ground
In winter when the melancholy trees
Stand abject and let their branches freeze
”
― Merrill Moore

So typical of the past week, this cedar bough, coated with a glass-like film of ice, the result of an evening of freezing rain and a gradual morning thaw.

What drew me to this composition was the warm morning light and delicate structure of the cedar leaves, slightly magnified by the lens of clear ice. Such a common tree around here, yet spectacularly beautiful up close.

I also noticed that my camera settings were ‘unusual’, having done some low light indoor photography on the weekend and neglecting to reset them. yet, it all worked out. Lesson learned and a reminder to me to always check my settings before I venture out.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/800 sec, f/14.0, ISO 800

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