Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Lake Michigan Ice. January 20, 2021


 01/20/2021 7:04am

The pancake ice started around the second half of January. The last couple of years it has been more common to see it. Sometimes they are small, about 2 feet in diameter, but this year 4-5 feet was the average and they stretched out pretty far. The actual light at this time is bluer than I show here. I just wanted a more neutral color cast for this one.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Lake Michigan Ice. January 23, 2021


 01/23/2021 around 7:15am.

I'm back.

The ice has come back a little later this winter. There was a bit of sheet ice in December but it never built up and it ended up melting away. Then a few storms came and along with them some good sized ice balls, some bigger than basketballs. You don't want to be in the path of a wave carrying ice balls. After that came a lot pancake ice. There are four distinct ridges of ice that have built up, each one the result of a storm that froze. This shot is of the ice when it started building up just several weeks ago.

Trying out a new lens, a 20mm f/1.8. Pretty sharp, low chromatic aberrations, a little distortion but not bad. A big plus is that it has an aperture ring that is easy to maneuver with gloves. but it also has AF/MF and step-less aperture switches which might be moved inadvertently with gloves. Camera gear is not really designed with winter in mind. Not at all.

There is an irony in trying to make fluid and balanced images while standing several feet from the edge of the ice while  trying to configure camera settings with different filters in the cold blowing wind with frozen fingers.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Lake Michigan Ice. December 29, 2018

December 29, 2018. 7:31am

After a week in the 50's, the temperature dropped below freezing last night. It was 29-30°, enough to form a few drops of ice for me.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Lake Michigan Ice. February 2, 2019

February 2, 2019. 6:52am 

Re-worked this picture today. Saturated the sky a bit. Later took out some of the vignetting.
Sunrise on February 2 was 10 minutes later at 7:02. Temperature was around 12° and got up to around 40° in the afternoon so this scene was not seen again.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Lake Michigan Ice. February 5, 2019

February 5, 2019 7:19am
Looks like a rocky shoreline but this is all ice and sand that has been eroded by waves and warm air.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Friday, February 1, 2019