Ledge Rock Abstracts #2

Second in a series of natural ice patterns.

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Ledge Rock Abstracts #1

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.

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I process first in Adobe Lightroom, then export to Silver Efex Pro 2 for the final version.

Burning Frost

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Once again it’s time to go play in the attic.  My old windows have a talent for displaying amazing patterns of frost in the winter and I love taking my camera and macro lens up there to explore and photograph the resulting art.  After a bit of interpretation on my part, the patterns take on a different look than when they are on the glass.

A Higher Flow

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Laying back on the ledge rock along the shore, I find myself mesmerized by the ever changing flow in the sky.  As the evening progressed, so did the shapes and patterns of the clouds.

Simplicity

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Nature casually creates lovely and simple patterns, it’s up to us to slow down and see what is being created.

Ice Hunter

As you may have noticed from previous posts, it’s that time of year when I turn my attention to things that are frozen.  Knowing that we have had high winds blowing across Lake Superior, I figured that there would be fresh ice to discover so off I went in search of new work.  My first stop was
Stoney Point, a favorite of many who travel up the north shore of Lake Superior.  I was rewarded with many small pockets of ice that formed wonderful abstract patterns.  I spent over two hours wandering around on the ledge rock photographing as many as I could before all my batteries succumbed to the cold.