Ice Beautiful

My Winter Photography Isn’t All Grand Scenic Landscapes.

Sometimes it’s the little gems that catch my eye.

Here, in my latest article for the New England Photography Guild, I write about the hidden jewels I find along the way to those wonderful mountain vistas.

Winter Jewelry

Winter Jewelry

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49 thoughts on “Ice Beautiful

    • Thank you. You know, I have no idea. The brown you’re seeing is just the stream bottom as seen through the water. The green however, well my best guess is that there was something green on the rocks in the stream that while not visible looking through the water, was somehow being picked up by the ice. Might also have had something to do with the low angle I was shooting at too(I was laying on my stomach). The color was only visible when the water, due to natural fluctuations in the current, would come up and touch the bottoms of the icicles. Otherwise they were crystal clear from top to bottom. I’ve been trying to capture this phenomenon again ever since. So far, no luck though.

    • Thanks Kat! Please check out my other replies for the “story of the green.”

      Funny story.

      At every craft fair I’ve ever tried selling my photos at, there are two photos, that by the end of the day the vendors on either side of me will have heard the story of so often, that they could tell someone about them. This, and my photos of a black bear mother and two cubs are those photos. 😉

        • You definitely should!
          One thing most people don’t realize about winter hiking, it’s actually easier than at any other time of year. All the roots and rocks you normally have to clamber up, over, and around are covered in snow. You can just walk right over them.

          Of course, while the physical part may be easier, keeping warm is the hard part. You definitely want to layer up, and adjust your layers as you need. You want to do everything you can to avoid sweating. It’s better to start you hike dressed a little on the cool side, because you’re going to heat up while hiking. Carry an extra layer or two so you can throw one on when you stop for a break or while you’re standing around taking pics.

          The hardest part about winter hiking is the expense of good quality clothing. Light weight, breathable, moisture wicking, waterproof clothing is going to take a bite out of your pay check. It’s taken me 3 years, buying a piece here, another piece there as the budget will allow, to put together a good winter clothing system.

          In the long run though it is so worth it!

          • I totally believe you Jeff! The energy and enthusiasm you are radiating is wonderful! Not to mention your stunning photos. Till now I’ve only done summer hiking but starting to be more and more ready for winter challenge. I think additionally to proper clothing I need an addition to my lens “collection”. Let’s see when but I will definitely do it one day. 🙂 Thank you Jeff!

            • Priorities, right! Though I wouldn’t be too hasty in spending a bunch of money on new lenses, since you’re doing pretty darn well with what you have. Unless of course there is a focal length you want, or just feel like treating yourself. Better glass is never a bad investment though.

              • Yes exactly I’d like to have more focal length than 50mm. 🙂 But of course I’d find things and ways to shoot with this lens also… it’s not a problem. 🙂 Anyways it takes me quite some time to decide, and have the possibility to invest in the next piece of camera equipment. Thank you for your kind words!

                • I’ve only got two lenses, the Canon 17-40 F4L, and the 70-200 F4L IS. For what I photograph, those are enough. While I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t like to have more, and longer lenses, I’m not in any hurry.

          • Thank you, Jeff 🙂 I don’t take it too seriously, neither the proposed blogs nor the ratings – its pretty much like bloggers awards – it is not about quality, but popularity I think, or it is just a cynic in me 🙂 Nice to read you.

            • I agree with Paula. Sometimes people have these “vote on my best photo”-posts in their blogs and almost every time I’ve seen them, the photo with the best photographic qualities, is nowhere near the most popular. So, it’s not always about quality, but popularity.
              You can see the exact same thing happening in music (and for that case also in political elections).

              • CG you are so right. Ever since I “won” a contest two years ago, that took a lot of “vote for me” on my fan page, I’ve been running a little experiment. Several of the sites I share my photos on run contests, ViewBug being the biggest. I regularly enter them. But here’s the experiment, I never publicize it, or ask for votes. I want the image to speak for itself. My images always rank pretty high in the contests where people have to vote, but I’ve never won. Though with a little effort I know I probably could at least some of the time.

                Like any art form though. The “best” isn’t necessarily what sells. What the buyer likes, technically good or bad, does.

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