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.

This is the south haven lighthouse after a winter storm. The mystical magic of winter :) Now the question you should ask yourself is simple. Do you recall a time in your life when you were absolutely amazed by something ? Well this was one of many times I was amazed. Ironically, it doesn't matter how many times I see it, it never gets old for me. This particular phenomenon only happens under certain conditions, so it's rare to see this much ice buildup at this location, as it doesn't happen every year to this degree, and yet the anticipation of what might be is a major draw for many each and every winter. 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
Wow
valeriemurchie-stolpe
 
valeriemurchie-stolpe March 08, 2014
Excellent!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots March 08, 2014
Awesome capture! Awarded.
lindywalker
 
lindywalker March 08, 2014
Awesome!!
Etna PRO+
 
Etna March 08, 2014
Beautiful shot
BruceB
 
BruceB March 09, 2014
Absolutely great shot.....perfect composition and capture
waterlily
 
waterlily March 25, 2014
amazing ...
vbMcshephard684931
 
vbMcshephard684931 April 04, 2014
Wow is right. This is outstanding.
tinekeziemer
 
tinekeziemer April 10, 2014
love the red!
Jaki
 
Jaki April 16, 2014
Stunning :)
deevitka
 
deevitka April 25, 2014
The BEST photography I've seen in a very long time!
SheilaDraper
 
SheilaDraper May 29, 2014
:)
Dakin
 
Dakin July 25, 2014
Great Capture.
onyanita PRO+
 
onyanita August 30, 2014
oh my gosh....we don't even get frost here in the tropics! Amazing sight.
Khrich409
 
Khrich409 October 01, 2014
An amazing shot! Awarded!
Enjoy_the_View
 
Enjoy_the_View October 06, 2014
I know that lighthouse!
cara53 PRO+
 
cara53 October 15, 2014
Beautiful!
SherryAnnCloud55
 
SherryAnnCloud55 October 16, 2014
Wow, great shot. Awesome capture...
maya93
 
maya93 October 18, 2014
Absloutley incredbile!
fernandoamato
 
fernandoamato October 20, 2014
Very nice image
Voted amateur 5
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo October 21, 2014
Stunning! Congrats on being a Finalist.
zkrol
 
zkrol October 22, 2014
Amazing picture, and work, color, density ,contrast , composition and sharpness
Congratulation, very well done
Pjerry PRO+
 
Pjerry October 23, 2014
Great composition
tinahilliker
 
tinahilliker October 29, 2014
Stunning!
eddiaz
 
eddiaz November 05, 2014
besdies being a great photo you shouldalso get an additional award for being out there in the cold!!!!
thomaszakowski
thomaszakowski November 06, 2014
thanks, but when I come across something like this I loose track completely and get lost in the experience of being there. It's like, nothing else seems to matter in that moment. I had the same exact experience when I started developing this series. Ironically it was more or less a spin off of my love of storms. I was actually standing on the beach 3 weeks before getting this, and from what I understand it was one of the worst storms to hit the area in years and yet I felt that exact sense of wonder, no fear, just a profound state of peace.
Wnuk PRO+
 
Wnuk November 06, 2014
amazing work
MarieJordan
 
MarieJordan November 12, 2014
Fabulous.
abijur PRO+
 
abijur November 15, 2014
I got cold just looking at it. Wow.
thekman1979
 
thekman1979 November 16, 2014
This is really cool!
Andriystepanov
 
Andriystepanov November 21, 2014
I"ll be just one of those who is amazed by this picture.
foxy140
 
foxy140 November 23, 2014
Nature at it's best ")
sebastianmuglia
 
sebastianmuglia November 24, 2014
It seems that in some places can be very cold! Stunning picture
sebastianmuglia
 
sebastianmuglia November 24, 2014
I wonder at what temperature was taken this photo!
PDphotography
 
PDphotography December 09, 2014
Stunning!
Irma53
 
Irma53 December 12, 2014
Great shot! Congrats!
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donnarenzulli December 14, 2014
I love this one, it seems so surreal and realistic. Great perspective that you shot it from..
clandestino
 
clandestino December 14, 2014
Excellent!
paulaston
 
paulaston December 16, 2014
Love this!! nice capture Dude! i love snow! All we get here inn the uk is bloody rain! :)
ksmurphy
 
ksmurphy December 17, 2014
This is absolutely beautiful!
susanasanroman
 
susanasanroman December 18, 2014
totally beautiful
jvillainc PRO+
 
jvillainc December 18, 2014
Awesome photo - but, it makes me shiver - voted
barballan PRO+
 
barballan December 18, 2014
Amazing
imagebyTerri PRO
 
imagebyTerri December 18, 2014
Yowser that looks cold! AWESOME shot!
tinawiley PRO+
 
tinawiley December 19, 2014
wow
LynneMarie99
 
LynneMarie99 December 19, 2014
This is outstanding! You feel like you are standing right there! I have stood there many times ~ all seasons!
Awesome detail and sharpness!
jconfer
 
jconfer December 19, 2014
Nice!
dareco PRO+
 
dareco December 25, 2014
Incredible!!
bronfebey
 
bronfebey December 28, 2014
This looks amazing.. great capture..
Stretton
 
Stretton January 03, 2015
Amazing, nature at it's best, great capture
brianvandermerwe
 
brianvandermerwe January 05, 2015
Wow is the right expression
tjambga
 
tjambga January 05, 2015
Absolutely stunning!!
circlepranch PRO+
 
circlepranch January 05, 2015
Stunning Capture
jessetinawilson
 
jessetinawilson January 12, 2015
Gorgeous!!!!
Lia83
 
Lia83 January 17, 2015
Yes WOW!!!!!It is amazing...
louissmith
 
louissmith January 27, 2015
Very nice work
westendpics
 
westendpics January 27, 2015
Great shot.
tinekeziemer
 
tinekeziemer January 27, 2015
yay Thomas!! Congrats on being a finalist. I knew you'd be in this group!
CG PRO+
 
CG January 27, 2015
This image says very cold,you can feel it.Love the red with the contrast of the ice.
jodievucas
 
jodievucas January 27, 2015
This is positively amazing. Good work!
nancyderondebhler
 
nancyderondebhler January 31, 2015
Briljant! Must have been cold! ;-)
stephenpretty
 
stephenpretty February 01, 2015
wow that's amazing
ShannonLouise
 
ShannonLouise February 03, 2015
Absolutely beautiful.
DebbieKMiller81 PRO+
 
DebbieKMiller81 February 05, 2015
Very interesting. Beautiful picture.
CWphotos5
 
CWphotos5 February 26, 2015
Incredibly beautiful!
martinquintero
 
martinquintero February 27, 2015
i like this photo
Kksgram Premium
 
Kksgram February 28, 2015
I get cold just looking at this. It must have been some walk to capture this amazing photo. The POV is SUPERB !!!
rosed8
 
rosed8 February 28, 2015
Wonderful image. Great viewpoint. Evokes the feeling of winter.
mbnoe
 
mbnoe February 28, 2015
Beautiful photo!!
angelcher333 PRO+
 
angelcher333 March 03, 2015
Beautiful!
diannedwyermaguire
 
diannedwyermaguire March 03, 2015
Amazing shot!!!!
VHiggins
 
VHiggins March 05, 2015
wow!
MRueffer
 
MRueffer March 05, 2015
A great image!
RhondaMcD
 
RhondaMcD March 05, 2015
Stunning work. Looks natural. Congratulations.
redwriter PRO
 
redwriter March 06, 2015
Amazing capture. Looks cold out there. - Jake
SarahKeates PRO
 
SarahKeates March 06, 2015
Awesome shot! Congrats!
kanizkhan
 
kanizkhan March 06, 2015
Back to Ice Age
Thimbee
 
Thimbee March 06, 2015
Very nicely captured! Congrats on being a finalist
RhondaMcD
 
RhondaMcD March 06, 2015
I've seen this photo before and it still strikes me as outstanding. Love the textures, details and especially the red against white ice. Congratulations.
suzywoo
 
suzywoo March 11, 2015
Incredible image, composition, subject, editing. Perfect !
bradbergersen
 
bradbergersen April 02, 2015
far out, that looks cold
Dunner PRO
 
Dunner April 10, 2015
Once in a lifetime capture. Jaw dropping drama. A pleasure for the viewer to witness. Thank you!
LucyLoo
 
LucyLoo April 11, 2015
Marvellous image. Incredible :-D
teddyboy123
 
teddyboy123 April 19, 2015
I know what you mean man as I always photograph Holland and Grand Havens lighthouses. Never gets old and I always make it better the next time around.
oliversettle
 
oliversettle April 20, 2015
Fantastic
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots April 21, 2015
Congrats!
pedronunoferreira
 
pedronunoferreira April 26, 2015
This is a masterpiece. Voted.
amandabuckley_820
 
amandabuckley_820 May 18, 2015
I love this shot
grandmum6008
 
grandmum6008 June 17, 2015
I have this exact same photo! I took it this past Jan/Feb. Such a beautiful sight all along Lake Michigan.
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estercastillo08 June 20, 2015
Excellent ! Voted Celebrating Nature
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estercastillo08 June 20, 2015
Voted Photographer of the Month vol 10
tanjariedel PRO
 
tanjariedel June 22, 2015
This is a wonderful spectacel of nature
Ryan_Harper
 
Ryan_Harper July 13, 2015
Just....... WOW!!!!!
jenniferdobraszblodgette
 
jenniferdobraszblodgette July 24, 2015
All I can say is WOW!
frazzau
 
frazzau July 29, 2015
awesome capture ????
Krajenta
 
Krajenta August 01, 2015
What a magnificent shot! The intensity of the snow and ice brings me to a chill even though I sit pool side in 100 degree weather. A true artist brings the observer into the shot feeling as if they are there....which you have done in this photograph. Extremely talented shooting here!
nancyparkinson
 
nancyparkinson August 03, 2015
Love it!
MRueffer
 
MRueffer August 24, 2015
So very nice!!!
tropicala PRO
 
tropicala September 10, 2015
Magnifique ! Tout est parfait dans cette image. Voted full focus.
Debrazig
 
Debrazig October 07, 2015
Holy cow! As I was browsing photos, this one stopped me dead in my tracks! Absolutely breathtaking!
nandicmb
 
nandicmb October 08, 2015
Congratulations on ALL your Contest Finalist wins!!!
FaithPhotography
 
FaithPhotography October 09, 2015
Brrrrrrr!
dhoggard PRO+
 
dhoggard November 08, 2015
Amazing. Awesome photo.
Chris85
 
Chris85 January 22, 2016
Stunning!
catherinethompson PRO
 
catherinethompson April 13, 2016
Stunning Shot.
Cavanrose
 
Cavanrose July 13, 2016
This is a awesome picture ! WOW !
nikonshaz
 
nikonshaz July 17, 2016
Amazing photo, well done :)
Hangingheart Premium
 
Hangingheart September 04, 2016
One of my all time favorite photos!
Merbert
 
Merbert September 15, 2016
Fantastic!!
Would have loved to see that.
Well presented
Norbert
Angels74
 
Angels74 September 16, 2016
Love this photo... really amazing to see because it must only happen in a few years or even longer down the road to see something like that again
Keefyboy PRO
 
Keefyboy October 05, 2016
Outstanding........This is a WOW!!!!
justenchristensen
 
justenchristensen November 03, 2016
Love this!
DebJay
 
DebJay November 03, 2016
Frigid! I love it :)
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karinmcfarlane November 26, 2016
Amazing!!!
kjfishman
 
kjfishman January 12, 2017
Congratulations!
chuck54
 
chuck54 February 26, 2017
Awesome photograph!!!!!!!
JudyPowellPhotography PRO
 
JudyPowellPhotography February 26, 2017
Absolutely brilliant!!
rogerhowden
 
rogerhowden October 29, 2017
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
rogerhowden
 
rogerhowden October 29, 2017
Brrr
Minadadvand
 
Minadadvand January 16, 2018
Amazing
juergenmusshamburg
 
juergenmusshamburg January 30, 2018
incredibly beautiful
awb007
 
awb007 March 12, 2018
Amazing shot I’m cold just looking at the picture
davec_8793
 
davec_8793 November 06, 2018
Amazing photo. And well done to your camera for working so well in such a harsh environment.
Paul39 Premium
 
Paul39 November 06, 2018
One of my favorite lighthouses to visit. My wife and I included it on our lighthouse tour of Michigan. Love your capture of this iconic lighthouse.
sonjalavigne
 
sonjalavigne December 13, 2018
Amazing
cahit
 
cahit December 20, 2018
Great
deborahconrad
 
deborahconrad October 29, 2019
I'm from Michigan, so know this location! You did beyond excellent with this series.
M_StylePhotographie PRO
 
M_StylePhotographie December 10, 2019
great shot....I think it's wonderful
jalan70 PRO+
 
jalan70 December 26, 2019
Fantastic -- bravo -- makes me cold looking at the photo
Bayonnebee PRO
 
Bayonnebee Jan 17
this is truly wonderful...thanks for giving us a look at such a beauty
macnowak PRO+
 
macnowak Jan 17
amazing!
thomaszakowski
Thanks
HenkIkkeFranken
 
Oooow, love the colour contrast at this one!

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Location
The photo was taken in South Haven Michigan, but that is not where the adventure began. I had a friend contact me that morning and we agreed to meet in Michigan City Indiana, which is several hours south west of this location. We started off by checking out the lighthouse that was there. From a distance that one appeared to look like a frosty treat against the deep green waters and cloudy skies which were present that day. After that, we agreed to explore the next lighthouse in St Joseph Michigan which was even more impressive than the last. It was after that experience that we moved onto South Haven.
Time
By the time we arrived it was around 5 pm and getting rather close to sunset. 45 minutes later the sun had finally set.
Lighting
Since it was near sunset I took advantage of the angle of the sun. I would guess that it was roughly at 30 degrees to the left of the actual lighthouse which added a nice illumination to the ice hanging from the upper walkway. Using light to your advantage can make an ordinary image extraordinary.
Equipment
This was taken on a Canon 40 D on a tripod with no other special equipment.
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
The processing I do is highly intuitive and never really the same. The result I'm after is. It is my intention to recreate the feeling I had at that precise moment in time, and transfer that into the final result. I believe in keeping things as simple as possible. This is something you'll understand only after having worked with and refined your own skills.
In my camera bag
My camera body, several lenes, an assortment of filters, extra batteries, a charger, lens cloth and an extra memory card.
Feedback
Photography, while it might seem intimidating to some, in it's simplest form, is all about capturing light and manipulating light. Get to know your equipment and all the features and options you have available. Look at the various software editing programs on the market and pick a system that is right for you. Last but not least, keep it, and your photos simple, by eliminating elements that don't support your subject matter. From a foundational standpoint, photography is all about learning the basics and mastering the basics and applying those skills to create something you'll be proud to share. For me I also have to say the words, “Know Thyself”. Follow your fascinations despite what anyone else thinks because you never really know where they will lead you. If your really good at it, you may just find many treasures along life's path.

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