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Portage Glacier



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nandicmb
 
nandicmb September 26, 2015
Congratulations on your Contest Finalist win in Shades Of Blue Photo Contest!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This was taken at portage lake about 40 miles from Anchorage, Alaska.
Time
Shortly after 10 am when a cruise on a tour boat did one hour in front of the glacier.
Lighting
As you can see, the day was overcast which brings out the blue color in the ice.
Equipment
This photo was shot hand held with a 50mm lens and originally on slide film. I digitized the slide with a plustek optical film scanner at 6000 pixels an inch for the slide.
Inspiration
The absolute raw beauty of the glacial wall was inspiration for numerous photographs. I taught school in Alaska for 16 years and found comfort in going to Prince William Sound whenever time allowed. Portage glacier is near the gateway of PWS of Whittier, Alaska.
Editing
In post processing I used software to give the photo and HDR look then tweaked the color cast to the blue in order to produce a cold feeling in the visual.
In my camera bag
I carry a backpack into the field with an 18-55mm lens and a 70 to 300mm lens. I always have my trusty ring flash and extension tubes for macro work. Since I now have parkinson's disease, I must carry a tripod with quick release and pistol grip movement. With modern DSLR's I can avoid carrying the big-heavy f2.8 lenses that plagued an outdoor photographer in the past.
Feedback
As with all photography, lighting and framing are the too most important skills. When I first began photographing ice, I was in awe of the majestic beauty but my early work was garbage. Now I concern myself with weather and daylight conditions. Find that something special the sets the photo apart from just ice to produce a work to be proud about. With water shots it good to look for the mirror images whether they are crystal or distorted that give a unique view of the subject.

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