"Inside The Mendenhall Glacier" by Snow & Ice Assignment Winner Devin Krinke
"This photo was taken at the terminus of the Mendenhall Glacier on August 7th, 2013. Getting to this particular ice cavern required biking and hiking, so I carried very little gear. This photo was without a doubt pre-visualized. I photographed and inspected various parts of the glacier then stumbled upon a very interesting ice cavern. The cavern was unique in that it was cone shaped. The bluebird weather (sometimes rare in southeast Alaska) lit up the cavern beautifully.
"I acted quickly because I knew I could lose that light and because the cracking and shifting of the ice had me wondering if I should even be inside the cavern in the first place. I scrambled to the back of the cavern and used a large rock as a tripod, turned on the live view mode, composed the frame, and captured a few images. After reviewing the photos, I knew something was missing from them. That something was a human being, a person to give a sense of scale to the cavern. I then set the camera's 10-second timer and began walking out of the entrance. Two attempts later I had the image I desired.
"The original image was a RAW file. A RAW image allowed me to save the highlights, as well as retain some details in the shadows. The local adjustments, such as curves and sharpening, were later done in Photoshop CS6."
Equipment: Canon EOS Rebel T2i, Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II lens, lens cleaning kit, snacks.