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robhansen February 17, 2014
Looks like the Ice King's Chair,very coooL !!
 
rolleanbarbeau March 12, 2014
Excellent!
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koolv December 17, 2014
Awesome shot.
 
TShaka-ZuluPhotography July 07, 2015
incredible.
 
greglinck June 03, 2016
Fantastic photo, great job.

trent ice dam



This formation was unique because this slues way is rarely opened and the building caused the unique draft
This formation was unique because this slues way is rarely opened and the building caused the unique draft
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Behind The Lens

Location
The photo was taken from a bridge over the Trent River in Peterborough Ontario Canada
Time
This was my favourite shot of the day, and my final shot that day. I was nearing home when I drove across the bridge and this caught my eye. I parked walked back onto the centre of the bridge , leaving my tripod in the truck. I therefore balanced the camera on the galvanized railing and shot this as an HDR mid afternoon on an overcast February weekend.
Lighting
The lighting that day was bland and I had no success producing an image I has happy with until I processed this in post with Photomatix and photoshop. There was minimal desaturation and only minimal sharpening for the end result. I see this location many times through the winter and yet have seen nothing like this ice creation before or since. The sluiceway which this was created in is never or rarely used and I can only ascertain that it was caused by the extremely cold days we had and the wind direction being deflected around the building which it directly above the open gate. I give most of the credit to mother nature and being in the right place at the right time, which happens quite offen it seems.
Equipment
I shot this with an old Canon 50D with a Tamron 17/270 lens, which I have programed in creative function for shooting HDR's quickly. I'm glad I had it because it was about -20 C that day
Inspiration
Our camera club, or at least some of us went out to shoot moving water with our tripods and ND filters in hand, we moved about to a couple of locations and shot away. It was near my home when I crossed this bridge and saw this ice structure for the first and only time. I wasn't going to stop as it was a long cold day out shooting, then at the last second I guess I felt hardy enough for one more, so I parked the truck ran to the centre of the bridge with out gloves and hat , took three quick shots and ran back to the truck.
Editing
Post - processing was minimal, considering the overcast winter low light day there was very little to be done other than process in Photomatix and move it into Photoshop for some curves to increase the contrast and a wee bit of sharpening. Oh I did desaturate a tiny bit too.
In my camera bag
Packing for a shoot varies each time depending what and where I'm going to shoot. I do generally take my Canon 7D mark 2 with the Canon 70/200 2.8 with the 1.4 adaptor. I like the extended zoom with the crop factor yet weight is always a consideration with this bundle, but I love having it when possible. When possible I borrow my daughters Canon 24/70 and like the Canon 10/24 although I find it not to be very sharp. When going macro I take the Canon 60mm , I would prefer the 100mm so I'm not so right on top of my subjects but I got this at a very good price. My tripod is a SLIK with a modified Manfrotto ball head.
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Don't depend on certain weather conditions, when you feel like a shoot , go out and shoot, beauty exists in all conditions you simply have to look , find it and shoot it , and with a bit of luck and skills you will capture something unique.

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