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Brrrrrrrrr! January 23, 2013

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
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Well now, this  is winter!   :)

We got a fresh inch of snow overnight, not enough to shovel, just enough to freshen up the older snow pack. And with a daytime high in the ‘teens assuring clear, crisp air, it seemed like a good time to scout some river scenes.

I headed up the Cold river a bit after noon, beneath blue skies and scuttling clouds:

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The valley is still a tangled mess from Irene, but winter disguises her scars.

I’ve always liked the way tumbling rivers look when they rise up around snow covered rocks, saturating their marsh mallow hats, turning them into emerald slushies, washing them down river like slow moving ghosts. This cold weather grows the well-anchored ones into wonderful ice islands:

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Quartzite cobbles complement the color scheme, wavering from below the fast-moving surface:

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A faster shutter speed captures the kinetics of the flow:

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The wind was brutal, and after an hour of walking the river bank, my fingers had had enough, despite my beefy gloves, and I headed back to the car, noticing on my way down river that the moon was rising. At the car I put Gizmo and his little buddy Tele on the box and got this:

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I packed it in, cranked the heat and ran a few errands.

My day ended with a drive home along the Deerfield river, where I snagged this shot of the frazil ice building it’s tortuous tangle as the sun disappeared behind the near hills:

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That one’s from Elliot, with a degree and a half of tilt and a hand-held three-stop graduated ND filter. It took me all of fifteen minutes, by the end of which my tripod had frozen into the river, my fingertips were wooden and I had wind-whipped tears frozen to my cheeks.

Good thing I spent all those years climbing ice, or I wouldn’t have enjoyed that one bit!  ;)

Well that’s all for now, friends. I have 909 shots from last weekend’s climbing competition to process, so I’m off to work!

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1. Bob - January 23, 2013

Vurrah nice. :)

littlebangtheory - January 23, 2013

Yup. :)

2. emdoyle - January 23, 2013

Really cool sunset. The work and care you do and take reveal great composition and artistry in a very subtle way. I just also posted a comment on the photo from December 23 – beaver fever.

littlebangtheory - January 23, 2013

Thanks, Eileen. I try. ;)

3. jomegat - January 23, 2013

Wow – I really like that last shot.

littlebangtheory - January 24, 2013

Thanks, j – I do as well!

4. Clair Z. - January 24, 2013

Taking another photography class, struggling with ISO and f-stops and shutter speeds. The more I try to learn about photography, the more I appreciate and admire your beautiful shots.

littlebangtheory - January 24, 2013

Hang in there, Claire – just remember that your camera has a small range of optimal ISOs where your settings should LIVE, and you should only ever leave that range when your other two parameters can’t be adjusted to meet your needs.

Hey, if you like, you can email me the details of your kit – camera, favorite/most used lens(es,) tripod (or not) and type of photography you’re most interested in, and I’ll try to include details in my posts which are most relevant for you.

ralph@ralphmunn.com

PS, I have something in the works which will approximate regular on-line tutorials, though it’ll be a while before it’s up and running. Stay tuned! ;)

5. Marjorie - January 24, 2013

You’ve captured it all so beautifully. Amazing shot of the rising moon. wow!

littlebangtheory - January 24, 2013

Thanks, Marjorie. :)

6. Peter Gill - January 24, 2013
littlebangtheory - January 24, 2013

Cool stuff to look at, Peter – thanks for the link.

Fighting fires in sub-zero weather is totally brutal. We should all bow down to the people who do it, at great personal risk.

7. susancrow - January 24, 2013

Just amazing pictures and all taken in less than optimal circumstances too. It IS very cold.

I love the rushing water shots but the last one should sell.

littlebangtheory - January 24, 2013

Well now, that would be nice! ;)


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