2022 arrived a couple of weeks ago, Happy New Year everyone. A new year means doing the bit of housekeeping, such as creating a 2022 folder on my hard drive and in Lightroom. I am slowly adjusting to my new editing space that I moved into last year. I still have more sorting and organizing of stuff as I downsize. I’ve made a resolution to shoot more than last year. Learning more about my new camera and lenses is an ongoing process. After shooting with various Canon cameras over the last fifteen years, switching to Fuji has been a bit strange, yet not too difficult to manage. The basics are pretty much the same on all cameras, it’s just getting use to new buttons, dials and menus. When I need a good, old fashioned dose of reality, I can break out my Nikon FM and load some film.
Where I live, a new year also means winter. What better way to start out the winter of 2022 with some ice along the shore of Lake Superior.
An image taken with my iPhone 12 while standing on a mound of wind blown ice on Duluth Minnesota’s Park Point looking eastward up the lake.
This past week week we had a few foggy days with cooler temps which usually creates a frosted wonderland. Although I did not have the chance to really take advantage of the phenomenon, I did capture a few images and went out a couple of days later to try macro photography on what was left of the frost.
One of my favorite subjects to photograph in the winter is abstract ice patterns. However, this winter we have had an over abundance of snow and this has covered most of the best spots for me to find the right kind of ice. A few days ago I went to see if anything had changed and was pleasantly surprised to find bare ledge rock and pockets of ice. What makes these ice pockets unique is how the water freezes in layers, thus creating random patterns that vary from spot to spot. No two are ever the same.
I process first in Adobe Lightroom, then export to Silver Efex Pro 2 for the final version.