thomaszakowski
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When I created this photo, which was part of an ongoing series, it wasn't about following the crowd, or traveling hundreds of miles to see something that h...
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When I created this photo, which was part of an ongoing series, it wasn't about following the crowd, or traveling hundreds of miles to see something that has been seen and photographed by hundreds of others. It was all about discovering and uncovering my own unique voice, my own unique vision and definition of beauty. I had given myself a challenge to find this unknowable thing within my own back yard, without even knowing what it was other than having the certainty I would succeed in my mission.

The St Joe Lighthouse after a winter storm. I've always been fascinated with storms and related elements. When I first saw this it reminded me of stairs leading toward the light. The light from a spiritual perspective refers to heaven. Ironically, this only happens under certain conditions, and not every year either. I actually went back a week later after getting this shot and almost all the ice was gone. Thanks for taking the time to view, favor, and comment, I hope you enjoy the view as much as I did.

As an interesting side note, not only has certain photo's in the frozen lighthouse series won awards through other competitions, I was also represented by a global media company who arranged publishing through their global contacts.

One of the last to buy the publishing rights was of all places Disney :)
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TrevJel
 
TrevJel March 08, 2014
Beautiful capture, I can't imagine how cold that would be.
traceprinslooreppin
 
traceprinslooreppin March 08, 2014
...awesome image Thomas :-)
valeriemurchie-stolpe
 
valeriemurchie-stolpe March 08, 2014
Great capture
Vince542 Premium
 
Vince542 March 08, 2014
Wow!!!!
dcarasso PRO
 
dcarasso March 08, 2014
Powerful :)
waterlily
 
waterlily March 21, 2014
Amazing as always :)
fotosteve
 
fotosteve March 24, 2014
wonderful image. Detail, lighting, composition, all excellent. Just amazing.
andrewgibson
 
andrewgibson March 25, 2014
again, absolutely beautiful
tmlakshmi PRO+
 
tmlakshmi April 10, 2014
stunning
davidsloan
 
davidsloan April 10, 2014
An amazing capture, nature at it's most awesome.
tinekeziemer
 
tinekeziemer April 10, 2014
I absolutely freaking love these images. I saw them in an article about you a few months ago! Excited to find you on viewbug!
DebbieKMiller81 PRO+
 
DebbieKMiller81 September 24, 2014
Really amazing shot this one. Well done.
Timbo
 
Timbo September 25, 2014
Wow, Just a brilliant image......
maryruth2011 PRO
 
maryruth2011 September 28, 2014
I like a photo that stands out from the rest...this one stands out and how...Great perspective, great composition...
koolv Premium
 
koolv September 30, 2014
That's amazing.
MaryAnne306 PRO+
 
MaryAnne306 October 09, 2014
Amazing. Wonderful capture.
SherryAnnCloud55
 
SherryAnnCloud55 October 16, 2014
Absolutely beautiful capture, I love this shot!
Pjerry PRO
 
Pjerry October 23, 2014
Very nice object and you made the best of it.
tinahilliker
 
tinahilliker November 03, 2014
I love these! Did you use specific filters and/or editing techniques?
mlorenekimura PRO+
 
mlorenekimura November 13, 2014
when this happened last year I had wished I could be there for the photos but not for the cold. Congratulations on your series it is magnificent!!
bethanysportiello Premium
 
bethanysportiello November 29, 2014
If there was a lightkeeper living here, I would truly feel sorry for him...
What an amazing sight! Absolutely beautiful!!! I'm jealous!
viven
 
viven December 05, 2014
Wow simply stunning, great capture!
PDphotography
 
PDphotography December 09, 2014
Love it!
RobynEV
 
RobynEV December 11, 2014
speechless.......
susanfluellon
 
susanfluellon December 12, 2014
amazing!!!!
christinewright_8675 PRO
 
christinewright_8675 December 16, 2014
Amazing
michaelanglin
 
michaelanglin December 18, 2014
Wow! Outstanding capture.
onyanita Premium
 
onyanita December 22, 2014
for me who lives in the tropics this is really incredible! Superb capture.
Capture-Life
 
Capture-Life January 02, 2015
I'm just seriously SPEECHLESS with this one!! WOOOW! :):) .. most breathtaking Lighthouse shot I've seen EVER!! (:
MarkHamor
 
MarkHamor January 10, 2015
Stunning movement
Eyeshine
 
Eyeshine January 10, 2015
Amazing Capture what a splendidly frozen scene :)
Icee
 
Icee January 18, 2015
Breathtaking...thanks for sharing!
viewbug_georgem
 
viewbug_georgem January 26, 2015
Fantastic capture of the "Winter Ghost".
annvanderlaanadema
 
annvanderlaanadema February 28, 2015
Most beautiful photo I have ever seen
awu88
 
awu88 March 04, 2015
Whoa! Stunning!
RebelWarren PRO+
 
RebelWarren March 05, 2015
Sometimes we take a photos tha we are pleased with and think "that turned out just how I wanted it to" You must have thought that with this one and some of the others in your lighthouse series. Just stunning!!! I love lighthouses so love looking at these.
jnfotobug
 
jnfotobug March 08, 2015
Awesome
Gingertwist
 
Gingertwist March 12, 2015
Amazing image of Mother Nature's fury. Wonderful tones and composition. I really like how you captured the grace and motion of the all the ice.
Betty_A
 
Betty_A March 17, 2015
I know that words like amazing tend to be over us,ed in photography, but I can't think of a better description of both the elements and your photo. Awesome capture.
rosegomez
 
rosegomez March 21, 2015
Love this!
greglinck
 
greglinck March 31, 2015
superb photo.
CWphotos5
 
CWphotos5 March 31, 2015
Simply amazing!!! Congratulations!
CreativeArtView
 
CreativeArtView April 01, 2015
amazing capture, congrats!
ImagesbyStina
 
ImagesbyStina April 06, 2015
Beautiful!
ruthyates PRO
 
ruthyates April 06, 2015
Wow that is absolutely crazy cold. Great shot.
Inspire4More
 
Inspire4More April 08, 2015
Congratulations well deserved your image and work is amazing :))))
Jillybean56
 
Jillybean56 April 08, 2015
Congrats on the win! A truly "Pure Michigan" shot.
sebastianmuglia
 
sebastianmuglia April 08, 2015
That day, you were wearing on gloves? I suppose eyes! : Tremendous picture!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots April 09, 2015
Amazing capture. Congrats!
BrieL
 
BrieL April 11, 2015
That is amazing, beautiful capture!
jimmoon_8772 PRO
 
jimmoon_8772 April 15, 2015
Absolute Perfection! The shot of a lifetime. Congratulations on your awards, but more importantly, I am guessing you have been chasing this one for several years.
cristianmarculescu
 
cristianmarculescu April 18, 2015
AMAZING !
astridtomada
 
astridtomada April 19, 2015
Awesome..
Briggy
 
Briggy June 05, 2015
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Beautiful
Oceansphotography
 
Oceansphotography June 10, 2015
Oh my God! This is beyond anything I have ever seen...Absolutely magnificent! I wish I could have been there to experience it. Wow great shot!
grandmum6008
 
grandmum6008 June 17, 2015
Wow!! This is not how it looked when I went there this past winter. This is awesome!!! I love lighthouses!
millskelsey123
 
millskelsey123 June 17, 2015
Amazing! Voted 1st :)
estercastillo08
 
estercastillo08 June 20, 2015
Perfect shot, voted Celebrating Nature
kagebaker PRO
 
kagebaker June 20, 2015
that's the most impressively insane shot of all time! wow what a find..must have been beside youself when you saw that and then this picture of that! wow..can I ask what lense with your talent did you use to get this awesome majestic scene
roxxlynn
 
roxxlynn June 23, 2015
wow O.O
nice shot!
:)
nthngardner
 
nthngardner July 11, 2015
this is a amazing shot! I am a beginner photographer and I was looking at this phototure and it really is amazing. So I was wondering if you would have any comments that could make me a better photographer?
Diane-W
 
Diane-W July 23, 2015
Superb
annettevannus
 
annettevannus July 30, 2015
oh WOW, leaves me almost breathless, I just love it. I dream of not only seeing ,but capturing these type of images. Absolutely amazing..!!
annettevannus
 
annettevannus July 30, 2015
Do you sell any of your'e work , i just love a couple of your'e photos, :-))
Captured-by-Carol Premium
 
Captured-by-Carol August 03, 2015
Just amazing!
nancyparkinson
 
nancyparkinson August 03, 2015
Wow!!!
emilystraw
 
emilystraw August 06, 2015
I can't get my head around it......such an amazing shot,stunning!
ottilienikitaamy
 
ottilienikitaamy August 10, 2015
Beautiful !! fantastic composition !
cnclark68
 
cnclark68 August 20, 2015
This is an AMAZING capture.... The contrast and composition is perfection.
maureenrueffer
 
maureenrueffer August 24, 2015
Just amazing!!
Mirza_Cengic
 
Mirza_Cengic October 01, 2015
Magical capture and excellent light balance. Wonderful work.
g1836
 
g1836 October 11, 2015
Great shot. The lighting is wonderful.I love lighthouses and this is awesome.
lightcast
 
lightcast December 19, 2015
Wonderful capture !
KitKat101
 
KitKat101 January 30, 2016
Wow...!!!
Jordanho
 
Jordanho February 05, 2016
my Godness so impact
lyoung403b
 
lyoung403b May 17, 2016
That's just cool!!
bobrick PRO+
 
bobrick May 30, 2016
I really like the effect the lighting makes on the ice
_MLCphotography_
 
_MLCphotography_ June 09, 2016
The ice looks like soft, feathery wings. Such a beautiful photo!
davidscales
 
davidscales July 02, 2016
That's incredible!!
paulwycka
 
paulwycka August 04, 2016
God's Creation in your Lens.. Simply Amazing Photography..
angelaporello
 
angelaporello August 09, 2016
wow!!!
tonyberry PRO+
 
tonyberry August 13, 2016
nice shot wow
EileenR
 
EileenR August 14, 2016
Awesome picture;]
RosaDawn
 
RosaDawn September 11, 2016
this simply amazes me... wonderful shot!
ingridkollmer
 
ingridkollmer September 16, 2016
Wow!
GavinJduPlessis PRO
 
GavinJduPlessis November 03, 2016
Love lighthouses, so this is a definite favourite! Great image! (Must have been very cold!!!)
MemoriesbyDotty
 
MemoriesbyDotty January 15, 2017
Stunning capture!!! Ty so much for sharing, I can literally feel the cold by viewing your magnificent photo!
luisurquia PRO+
 
luisurquia January 24, 2017
I am stunned at the beauty of this photograph. Congratulations on such an incredible photograph captured.
bathsalt PRO
 
bathsalt February 24, 2017
Amazing photo!!
lisacrosse
 
lisacrosse March 08, 2017
Very pretty
michaeleastwood
 
michaeleastwood March 28, 2017
What a capture you can almost feel the Ice
shaungosling
 
shaungosling April 27, 2017
Simply stunning!
Eddieuuu071 Premium
 
Eddieuuu071 May 06, 2017
These lighthouse and ice photos are so great! I do a lot of ice photos on Lake Superior but they nothing in comparison! They are really unique pieces of Art that you have captured!
pshemeck
 
pshemeck May 21, 2017
Stunning!
katanderson_5821
 
katanderson_5821 June 01, 2017
Stunning.
CatWezel66
 
CatWezel66 December 26, 2017
Brrrrrrrrrrrr. Perfect ????
Djacqu
 
Djacqu March 09, 2018
It almost looks like stairs to heaven.
RiViCo PRO+
 
RiViCo March 28, 2018
Impressive photo, well done
oksanaposan PRO
 
oksanaposan June 22, 2018
Force of nature excellent
carriechludzinski
 
carriechludzinski September 29, 2018
Amazing!
angelajasperse
 
wow! Goosebumps just from the picture!

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Behind The Lens

Location
The photo was taken on the lighthouse pier in St Joseph Michigan.
Time
This one was taken around 4 pm. During the winter months the ideal light last's much longer due to the angle of the sun. During the middle of winter you can ideally have 2 hours prior to sunset and after sunrise as opposed to summer when your lucky to have maybe an hour of great light.
Lighting
Knowing your location and how to use light is key to creating images that simply stand out.
Equipment
I used a Canon 40D with a 17 -40 L Lens. I had the tripod with me just in case, but didn't need it as the available light was sufficient.
Inspiration
I've always been a bit of a explorer, treasure hunter and nature lover. Combine that with a core fascination for life and lighthouses and there you have it. I prefer to capture things that are unique or that have a unique quality about them that you don't normally see. In this instance the end result of the ice buildup only happens when the conditions are right. While patience is key, my original intent was not just to step outside the box, but to throw the box away when it came to defining beauty. I also looked at the typical definitions surrounding landscapes, as well as nature and used those 2 ideas in the broadest sense when I originally created the theme for this series.
Editing
My processing technique is never across the board standard for the image. I think that after you've spent a considerable amount of time doing edits you develop a feel for what to do. I allow each image to speak to me for lack of a better term. My objective is to recreate what I was feeling at the time of the encounter with the subject matter.
In my camera bag
My camera body, several lens's, extra batteries (cold weather drains batteries quick) A plastic bag large enough to keep the camera in so that it can easily acclimate to external temps. Various screw on filters and a Lee filter holder system. Extra memory cards. And a lens cloth, just in case.
Feedback
The better you know your equipment and what it's capable of the easier things will go for you. As I also stated earlier if you know how to best use light to your advantage you'll be way ahead of anyone else. All that comes through experience. One thing I've always done is simply ask myself what can I do better ? That can be something as simple as waiting for the best light to exploring an angle you've never tried before.

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