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Ice Floe



The ice breaks up on the shore of the Great Salt Lake in winter 2016. A great picture to wind up the year with, I think!

Nikon D500 ISO50 ƒ18 1-6...
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The ice breaks up on the shore of the Great Salt Lake in winter 2016. A great picture to wind up the year with, I think!

Nikon D500 ISO50 ƒ18 1-6sec 24mm
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Winner in All things ice Photo Challenge
People's Choice in Colorful long exposure Photo Challenge
Peer Choice Award
People's Choice in Natures Prism Photo Challenge
Contest Finalist in The Beauty Of Lakes And Rivers Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Social Exposure Photo Contest Vol 7
People's Choice in Best Lakescape Photo Challenge
Winner in Ice is Nice Photo Challenge
Winner in Beautiful Utah Photo Challenge
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15 Comments | Report
robyn44blue PRO+
 
robyn44blue January 04, 2017
wow ab masterpiece
DaveKochPhoto PRO+
DaveKochPhoto January 11, 2017
Thanks! I was just in the rioght place...
Pamelabole PRO+
 
Pamelabole February 17, 2017
Gorgeous!!! Amazing focus, colors, detail and light!!! Congrats on your Challenge Win!!!! : )
DaveKochPhoto PRO+
DaveKochPhoto February 17, 2017
Thank you! I was surprised. There were a LOT of equally good images in the competition. I can just say I am so lucky to live here, and be surrounded by this beauty!
Samlouise98x
 
Samlouise98x March 22, 2017
Oh my god.....Amazing!!!!! :)
eelcovanroden PRO+
 
eelcovanroden April 05, 2017
Congratulations on your great Challenge Award!
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DaveKochPhoto April 05, 2017
Thank you! It was a great suprise!
AnnuO
 
AnnuO July 21, 2017
Congratulations on your win!
Byronfairphotography PRO+
 
Byronfairphotography October 29, 2017
Absolutely beautiful / Voted
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DaveKochPhoto October 31, 2017
Thank you Byron!
robwill236 PRO+
 
robwill236 February 10, 2018
Beautiful thanks for submitting it to my challenge.
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DaveKochPhoto February 18, 2018
Thank you rob! Glad you liked it! :)
Blossom_Girl
 
Blossom_Girl March 02, 2018
Beautiful! Where was this taken?
DaveKochPhoto PRO+
DaveKochPhoto March 02, 2018
Great Salt Lake, 2016...
heatherfortnam PRO
 
heatherfortnam March 08, 2018
Stunning!
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DaveKochPhoto March 09, 2018
Thank you Heather!
HansiE1234
 
HansiE1234 June 23, 2018
Your gallery is fantastic, and I have to get back over and over. But this shot is my favourite! Congrats!
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DaveKochPhoto June 23, 2018
Thank you Hans! :)
cmorisset PRO
 
cmorisset December 12, 2018
Wow! Stunning capture with such a beautiful contrast in the hues of colour. Nice POV too! Bravo ( :
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DaveKochPhoto January 06, 2019
I got really lucky that evening. Asd much as I like the image, I also met another photographer who has become a GREAT friend that night, and I value that even more!
alexperazzoli
 
alexperazzoli January 03, 2019
Wonderful! Very nice
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DaveKochPhoto January 06, 2019
Thank you very much Alex!
JayneBug PRO+
 
JayneBug January 20, 2019
Dramatic and stunning. Congratulations on your award winning photograph!
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DaveKochPhoto January 20, 2019
I am lucky to live here.....
Omah64 PRO+
 
Omah64 January 20, 2019
Congratulations on your win! Very deserving :)
DaveKochPhoto PRO+
DaveKochPhoto January 20, 2019
I really do like this one, too- it was a BLAST to make.
raquelthompsonwhite
 
raquelthompsonwhite February 09, 2019
Gorgeous...
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DaveKochPhoto February 11, 2019
I am SUPER LUCKY to live in such a beautiful part of the world!

Behind The Lens

Location
This happens for a couple days every year out on the Salt Lake. The Jordan River (which is fresh water) empties into the Great Salt Lake. Due to the differences in salinity, the Jordan River fresh water does not mix with the salt water, and spreads thinly over the Salt Lake. As is spreads more, and heads north, it runs into the Antelope Island causeway and piles up. That is what caused the interesting ice in the picture. This piece just won second place at the BYU Monte Bean Nature Photography Competition and Exhibition in Landscape Photography for 2017. Happily, another one of my pieces took first place.
Time
I had to race out after work to get this. As I recall, sunset was at 5:10.... and Antelope Island is over an hour away (depending on traffic). I had gone up the two days previous, and gotten "Mehh" skys. The ice was cool and interesting, but I knew there was more, and I kept going out. On the third day, there were 4 other photographers already out there. Everyone was real friendly, and we all told stories while we were shooting. When I first posted this on FaceBook, one of the other photographers posted: "I remember when you shot this. You said, "Hmmmm.... Dave is a very happy boy." I was. I could just tell this was the one.
Lighting
It was a matter of waiting for just the right moment. As I posted, it took three days to get the best light. Maybe four days would have given me even better light? I don't know. But I do know patience pays off. I would also say that picking the best compromise exposure is also real important- getting the right balance of the bright sky and the darker ice...
Equipment
This would have been shot with my D500 and a 10-24 zoom. I used a low ISO (50) for low noise. A deep depth of field was important, so I pushed the aperture to ƒ18. For a less expensive lens, I have found this lens works real well stopped down a lot (surprisingly well!). At least to my eye and in my practice. The small aperture and low ISO made me go for a long exposure, which in this case went to 1/3 a second. I used a wireless release and locked up my mirror.
Inspiration
Waterfalls. To me, this was like a waterfall picture. I wanted a lot of tilt to the lens, with the foreground very large (comparatively). Like I would shoot a waterfall. I would also have to name Ryan Smith and his photo of this area as an inspiration- that is something else that got me out there this day.
Editing
This was processed in LightRoom. Brought up Vibrance and Clarity, and sharpness to get a cool feeling on the ice slabs...
In my camera bag
Camera and batteries. I like the 10-24mmm, but I am probably replacing that with a Tameron 15-30.
Feedback
Shoot a lot of images. Vary your exposure. Move around. Dont get locked into one framing. Keep an eye on the sky. The best sky lasts 20 seconds....

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