thomaszakowski
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Amazing Ice



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.

When I originally uploaded the other version I was in the middle of transferring files from my backup drive to the new computer, by the time I realized it was the wrong version, it was too late. anywhoo here is the correct version.

The lighthouse in St Joe Michigan. This was part of a series of winter lighthouse shots I worked on and followed for several years. Simply stated, I was following my fascination. This particular phenomenon only happens under certain conditions. So I patiently wait and watch to see how well the ice builds, and once it does, I go, and hope to capture it at it's peak. 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.
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Atomck1
 
Atomck1 October 08, 2015
Nice work!
Frogfish
 
Frogfish November 27, 2015
Amazing - great image !
jamesseward
 
jamesseward November 30, 2015
I was there in July. Didn't look like that then. Home town is Kzoo, now in CA.Nice work.
alexjevon
 
alexjevon December 01, 2015
Every time I see a photo of this lighthouse it seems colder and colder! Excellent work!
pgg161
 
pgg161 December 01, 2015
It looks like a forgotten lighthouse, difficult to believe all that ice will disappear so quickly!! I'm Michigan born & raised. :)
Badgrandad PRO+
 
Badgrandad December 02, 2015
Though I had given this superb image a tickle before, anyhow well done absolutely superb image.
Rod
rush1880
 
rush1880 December 10, 2015
Awesome capture
Images_By_Leonie PRO+
 
Images_By_Leonie December 15, 2015
Gorgeous image. Well done! :-)
Angels74
 
Angels74 December 16, 2015
Spectacular!!
Ssanderellis
 
Ssanderellis December 18, 2015
This is amazing!
dereksouter PRO
 
dereksouter December 18, 2015
that looks a little bit chilly - but my god! what a shot! truly fantastic
Paulsimages
 
Paulsimages December 26, 2015
Beautiful image
FeatherstonePhotography PRO
 
FeatherstonePhotography December 28, 2015
Amazing indeed!
NarayanDas
 
NarayanDas December 29, 2015
Amazing - excellent work
Jillybean56
 
Jillybean56 December 29, 2015
Another awesome shot of the power of Lake Michigan. Congrats on being a finalist for photo of the year.
Azmedaj
 
Azmedaj December 29, 2015
Stunning!
beverleypohlner PRO+
 
beverleypohlner December 29, 2015
Your patience was well rewarded in this fantastic image. Congratulations!
ovosphotography
 
ovosphotography December 30, 2015
great!
VHiggins
 
VHiggins December 30, 2015
whoa! amazing!
Imagecreator13 PRO+
 
Imagecreator13 December 31, 2015
Magnificent!
Imagecreator13 PRO+
 
Imagecreator13 January 02, 2016
Where is this lighthouse located? Absolutely stunning image.
Inspire4More
 
Inspire4More January 04, 2016
Wow Magnificent!
cdramirez
 
cdramirez January 04, 2016
Impressive on so many levels!
WhiteLilyImagery
 
WhiteLilyImagery January 05, 2016
Makes my temperature drop just looking at it...!
richgreene
 
richgreene January 05, 2016
One of my photographic goals is to shoot all the lighthouses of Lake Michigan. Don't think I'll ever get one this cool. Superb.
pedronunoferreira
 
pedronunoferreira January 06, 2016
Very impressive and outstanding masterpiece of photographic art. Congratulations on winning Runner Up, Contest finalist and in photo contest by Snapfish and contest finalist in covers photo contest vol 25
Bluestarpaul PRO+
 
Bluestarpaul January 07, 2016
Thank you for sharing this wonderful moment in time.
libbygirl
 
libbygirl January 13, 2016
Great shot
CoraT
 
CoraT January 17, 2016
Absolutely fabulous!
sheilacain
 
sheilacain January 20, 2016
Wow!
fernveda Premium
 
fernveda January 23, 2016
This is absolutely incredible. I zoomed in and it looks like cotton wool not like ice. Fascinating.
nicoleallen0703
 
nicoleallen0703 January 29, 2016
This is amazing!
SarahKeates PRO
 
SarahKeates February 03, 2016
Outstanding capture! Congrats!
Jordanho
 
Jordanho February 05, 2016
One in life time I ever wish
cnphoto
 
cnphoto February 12, 2016
amazing
nandicmb
 
nandicmb February 22, 2016
Congratulations on all your Awards!
AliZackerGalePhotography
 
AliZackerGalePhotography February 23, 2016
breathtaking
CWphotos5
 
CWphotos5 February 23, 2016
I can't even find the words to tell you how this image effects me! Perfection!
karensommerslohre PRO+
 
karensommerslohre March 12, 2016
Love this!!!
cmorisset PRO
 
cmorisset March 13, 2016
Amazing indeed! Bravo it is outstanding ( :
barbaramillesrobinson PRO+
 
barbaramillesrobinson March 14, 2016
I agree with all of the comments...nothing left to say but, 'WOW!"
clouie
 
clouie March 22, 2016
Wow!! Inspirational!
maureenrueffer
 
maureenrueffer March 22, 2016
Fabulous
charlesyarbrough Premium
 
charlesyarbrough March 23, 2016
Amazing!
barbarawalsh_5209
 
barbarawalsh_5209 March 25, 2016
Fantastic image, great work:)
frenchiepooh
 
frenchiepooh March 25, 2016
Sublime
barbaramillesrobinson PRO+
 
barbaramillesrobinson March 26, 2016
CONGRATULATIONS, Thomas! I would have been really disappointed if this incredible photo did not win!
Redhorse89
 
Redhorse89 March 27, 2016
I absolutely love this image!
rositejeda
 
rositejeda April 02, 2016
Amazing indeed! Congratulations!
catherinethompson PRO
 
catherinethompson April 13, 2016
What a magnificent shot. Congratulations.
Lmarlow
 
Lmarlow April 16, 2016
There are no words! :)
ron53
 
ron53 April 18, 2016
Great shot, wish I could see it live.
chrisccrowley
 
chrisccrowley April 22, 2016
Fabulous work!
SeanAllenPhoto Premium
 
SeanAllenPhoto May 10, 2016
Great job on these lighthouse photos!!
sarahdarvill
 
sarahdarvill May 22, 2016
You should enter this in my 'Shapes in Nature' photo challenge! The link is...
viewbug.com/challenge/shapes-in-nature-photo-challenge-by-sarahdarvill#promote
RGW-Photography PRO
 
RGW-Photography July 14, 2016
wow mate amazing where is this too??
Oceansphotography
 
Oceansphotography August 23, 2016
I'm speechless......How could a picture be so beautiful and so many other things at the same time...eerie, magical, mysterious...it makes me speechless once again....
mihevcl
 
mihevcl August 27, 2016
Very nice shot!!!
michaelsmith_6314
 
michaelsmith_6314 August 30, 2016
I think you found what you were looking for!
scorpion_sting
 
scorpion_sting September 15, 2016
WOW!!!
margitulstrup PRO+
 
margitulstrup October 20, 2016
Wooww
margitulstrup PRO+
 
margitulstrup October 20, 2016
Wooww
DebJay
 
DebJay November 04, 2016
Incredible photo. It reminds me of an image that one would see in a Sci-Fi film, just superb!
teewhyell PRO+
 
teewhyell November 06, 2016
Well deserved awards for a fantastic image!
Patty1948
 
Patty1948 December 07, 2016
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
Talogtoktoi
 
Talogtoktoi January 05, 2017
wow !!!
adavies PRO
 
adavies January 07, 2017
Incredible image! Beautifully captured! If you haven't done so already, please consider joining my Pure Michigan! challenge:)
https:// viewbug.com/challenge/pure-michigan-photo-challenge-by-adavies
francescabullet PRO+
 
francescabullet January 08, 2017
Magnificent! My compliments
adavies PRO
 
adavies February 22, 2017
Congratulations! You are the People's Choice Winner of my Pure Michigan challenge! Fantastic image....really well done! :)
bathsalt PRO
 
bathsalt February 24, 2017
Amazing photo!!
ReganArt
 
ReganArt February 26, 2017
Wow
conniehumphreys_3889
 
conniehumphreys_3889 March 07, 2017
out of this World!!!
BarbL PRO+
 
BarbL March 13, 2017
This is such a great image! Would be a perfect entry in my challenge "Nature Created Ice Sculptures"
theresasutherland
 
theresasutherland March 23, 2017
Wow. Great shot!!
fredpruitt PRO
 
fredpruitt April 01, 2017
Magnificent !
loripeterson
 
loripeterson April 11, 2017
This is just incredible!
Witmar
 
Witmar April 17, 2017
fantastic picture
katherineplessner PRO
 
katherineplessner April 17, 2017
this is just amazing--great job
DesmetPat
 
DesmetPat April 18, 2017
Great one
cjaimaging
 
cjaimaging April 22, 2017
Awesome capture!
JimMonty
 
JimMonty April 23, 2017
Holy smokes - this looks like it should be from a Marvel movie. Even better! Amazing image.
syedasjadalijafri
 
syedasjadalijafri May 01, 2017
wooow
simonparry PRO+
 
simonparry May 02, 2017
Amazing..
Mazal
 
Mazal May 09, 2017
This is so nice!!
TillyRR
 
TillyRR May 13, 2017
Magical. There are wondrous things all around us and many times in your own backyard.
cmm023
 
cmm023 September 01, 2017
Reminds me of my home state of Michigan.
Alwolfe Premium
 
Alwolfe September 02, 2017
Well your persistence and talent paid off with an awesome shot!
pam9092
 
pam9092 September 12, 2017
A thousand words......
Raiderswright
 
Raiderswright October 02, 2017
Wow Wow Wow
imandeepsidhu
 
imandeepsidhu October 17, 2017
Frizzy
Twenty2Design
 
Twenty2Design October 29, 2017
Absolutely wow!!!!
Bren_Ruiz PRO
 
Bren_Ruiz November 22, 2017
Spectacular
NickFranklin PRO+
 
NickFranklin December 24, 2017
Wow
CatWezel66
 
CatWezel66 December 26, 2017
Beautiful ????
annbowman_2734
 
annbowman_2734 January 28, 2018
Spectacular shot!
DreamAgain
 
DreamAgain March 07, 2018
This has to be Michigan.... Awesome photo!
MelissaSueBall PRO
 
MelissaSueBall March 12, 2018
Wow !! That truly is amazing I love it great shot
Paul39
 
Paul39 March 21, 2018
My wife and I took our own little tour of the lighthouses around the lake a few years ago. It was in the summer. Now I think I should have done it in the winter. Fantastic shot!!
giuseppebelcastro
 
giuseppebelcastro April 12, 2018
wowww che capolavoro!
mechebenz PRO
 
mechebenz October 12, 2018
Beautiful!
maxparisot PRO+
 
maxparisot October 13, 2018
superbe
bobtoye PRO+
 
bobtoye October 14, 2018
Over the top!
Byronfairphotography PRO
 
Byronfairphotography October 21, 2018
Awesome capture.
pamchamberswilliams
 
pamchamberswilliams October 22, 2018
Amazing
BabZz
 
BabZz October 23, 2018
Amazing shot family stunning
Lorlee_Lee_Murray PRO+
 
Lorlee_Lee_Murray October 24, 2018
Absolutely amazing !
Blossom_Girl
 
Blossom_Girl October 31, 2018
Wow, amazing!
kaironcoley
 
kaironcoley November 05, 2018
Omg !!!!!
sawyn PRO+
 
sawyn Feb 05
Niesamowite !!!
amandahannah
 
amandahannah Feb 07
Love this, so profound.
JossPretty
 
JossPretty Mar 15
woah! crazy ice
annakazakova
 
annakazakova Mar 19
Fairy tale!
anna185679
 
anna185679 Mar 25
Wow this is amazing
brookedarr
 
brookedarr Apr 20
Straight out of game of thrones
rcostello Premium
 
rcostello Apr 23
Absolutely Gorgeous!
elainedelworth
 
Wow, Amazingly beautiful!
elainedelworth
 
Wow, Amazingly beautiful!
kirstenswackhamer
 
Stunning! Michigan lady born and raised. I've been here..but in much warmer weather!
theamazingexposure PRO
 
This looks so Beautiful! My Mission this winter is to follow your Mission!!
#thanks #gratitude #inspiration
Elyzabeth PRO
 
Elyzabeth Oct 13
Absolutely breathtakingly beautiful!!!

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Behind The Lens

Location
The photo was taken in St. Joseph Michigan, on a cold winters evening.
Time
By the time I 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 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.
In my camera bag
My camera body, several lenses, an assortment of filters, extra batteries, a charger, lens cloth and an extra memory card.
Feedback
First of all I would have to say, follow your fascinations when it comes to choosing your subject matter. 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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