Ice

Posted on Sunday 22 July 2007

With 2 weeks of very cold overnight temperatures and daytime temperatures just getting above zero in the late afternoon, it has given some wonderful opportunities for taking photos of ice and frost.

When taking images of ice, it can sometimes be a little tricky for auto-focus to work correctly if the ice is very shiny and/or transparent. In these instances, either using manual focus or trying to focus on something solid on the ice surface (like a rock or stick) can help.

The colour of the ice can also change a bit depending on the type of light and exposure. Typically any images of white objects taken on auto-exposure mode will come out slightly grey. It’s usually best to set the exposure manually, or use exposure compensation.

Occasionally, I will use the colour balance control in PS to add more blue if I’m going for that icy cold feel. There’s a lot of flexibility with the colours when it comes to ice, as it generally picks up the colours that are reflected on it, so there’s no hard and fast rule.

Here’s a selection of some of the ice images taken in the last couple of weeks.

Ice Squiggles
Ice Squiggles

Ice Bubbles
Ice Bubbles

Ice Crystals
Ice Crystals

All Iced Up And Nowhere To Go
All Iced Up and Nowhere To Go


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