The Big Thaw

After our recent ice storm, while surveying the landscape, temperatures rose above 32F causing the ice to begin to melt. One interesting observation was watching the ice melt from a Red Cedar tree (hey, if Nebraskans can pass time by watching the corn grow, we Missourians can pass time by watching the ice melt!). Here are a few of the images I captured of the big ice thaw:

Ice on Red Cedar

Ice on Red Cedar

Watching the droplets fall from the branch tips gave me an idea to try to capture the entire sequence of the melt. This proved to be much more difficult than I had envisioned. But with a little practice, I managed to capture a fairly nice sequence of a droplet melting and falling from the branch:

Ice melting from Red Cedar

Ice melting from Red Cedar

Ice melting from Red Cedar

Ice melting from Red Cedar

Ice melting from Red Cedar

I think if I had a flash set up, I could have probably captured this much more effectively. But there was a slight drizzle in the air and I was far enough away from the house to grab the flash and try it. Maybe next time!

 

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark III body
  • Canon 180 mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod with ballhead
  • ISO 500 (top 2 images) and ISO 3200 (bottom 6 images)
  • Aperture f/8 (top 2 images) and f/4.5 (bottom 6 images)
  • Shutter 1/20 sec. (top 2 images) and 1/320 sec. (bottom 6 images)

 

 

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Posted in 2017, Blog, Landscape Photography, Macro Photography, Nature Photography
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