I am about to head out on my yearly winter trip to the Allegheny Mountains of eastern West Virginia. This area boosts some of the best locations for shooting waterfalls, scenic mountain tops and hardwood forests in the Mid Atlantic states. One of my favorite subjects to shoot at this time of the year, and especially along the thousands of miles of streams and rivers in the Allegheny Mountains, are ice formations. With tempatures expected in the mid twenties during the day and dipping down into the low teens at night finding great ice should be no problem.
The image above was made several years ago along the banks of the South Fork of the Potomac River in a deep hollow between two mountain ridges. I found the ice sheets early in the morning under blue bird clear skies. This lighting scenario is by far my favorite for shooting ice. When shooting in deep shade on a clear day, the color shifts towards the blue spectrum. By keeping your white balance set on daylight, you can pick up the cool tones in the image. I find a silvery blue tone to a great touch to ice images and allows the viewer to feel the cold conditions that much more.
If you have some favorite ice images of your own, I would love to see them. Please leave a link in the comment box below.