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Thaw  (photo of original darkroom print (2002))

Thaw (photo of original darkroom print (2002))


Exposure Date: 2010:08:21 16:06:37;
Make: LEICA;
Model: D-LUX 3;
ExposureTime: 1/60 s;
FNumber: f/2.8;
ISOSpeedRatings: 400;
ExposureProgram: Normal program;
ExposureBiasValue: -33/100;
MeteringMode: CenterWeightedAverage;
Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode;
FocalLength: 6.3 mm;
Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0 Macintosh;


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This is particularly appealing to me.  That's partially because the ice forms are unusual in my experience (Newfoundland, Montana, New Mexico etc) but also because of the way they relate to the very black tree form.  I don't see this as mere "composition," I see it as relational tension. I'm sure it's a wonderful print.

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I appreciate your observation of the effect of the dark tree and ice forms and wish I had tried a higher vantage point in order to concentrate more on those two subjects, excluding all or much of the foreground information. It's one of those cases when more patience and further exploration of the fairly unique main subject (the ice only rarely melts and refreezes in that manner) would have been worthwile, even though the vantage points were a bit limited.

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Like water lillies, the ice pads appear first small and then grow to touch

oithers. But they are gone in the daytime heat. Thanks for looking.

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Very nice composition with the instereting ice and the tree.  I agree with the above.  For my limited English, I wish I could say more.  Best Regards,

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I applaud all those, unlike myself, who master a very different language. Thanks for your appreciation, Wangham. I have tried to return to a similar freeze-thaw event on this river, over the past few years, in order to try other compositions, but I am still waiting for that opportunity. Next time, faced with a similar and fairly uncommon natural event, I will definitely spend more time to do that. 

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