A Photo Walkabout–Of Ice and Images

Oak leaf in ice, out in my driveway. Canon 50mm macro, 1/60 @ f4, ISO 200.(Copyright 2010 / Andrew Boyd)

I woke up yesterday morning to find the temperature, once again, well below freezing. I can’t recall a time we’ve had so many days with lows in the teens and 20s here in south Louisiana ….after all, this is south Louisiana! This is supposed to be the sub-Tropics! And it’s humid, so of course the cold feels ever so much worse! I know, I know, I can hear many of you laughing, living up where winter is SERIOUS business. But here we’re not made for it, our blood’s too thin, our houses too drafty and no wardrobe for it…

Anyway though, I layered up with what little I have in the way of cold-weather gear and went out for a little local photowalk. There was ice on the ground and frost everywhere and I quickly forgot the cold (sort of). Below are some of the images I made on my stroll.

Bird bath

Bird bath ice floes. Aaron Siskind, one of the original New York Abstract Expressionists in the 1950s, has always been a big influence for me. I may try this one in black and white also. Canon 50mm macro, 1/50th sec @f6.3, ISO200. (Copyright 2010 / Andrew Boyd)

Patio pond

Ice in the patio pond. So far the goldfish are doing okay. Canon 50mm macro, 1/40th sec @f2.5, ISO 200. (Copyright 2010 / Andrew Boyd)

Frozen garden plants. Canon 50mm macro, 1/250th sec @f2.5, ISO 200. (Copyright 2010 / Andrew Boyd)

Another image from our bird bath. I find the crackle of the old glaze particularly interesting juxtaposed with the ice. Canon 50mm macro, 1/50th @f6.3, ISO 200. (Copyright 2010 / Andrew Boyd)

As always, the process of actually photographing is such a humbling process.  I find myself in awe of the world around me, the beautiful available in the midst of the mundane. On my little walkabout, in your yard or garden, wherever we pick up our cameras and dare to really try and see.

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Related Reading:

The Aaron Siskind Foundation

Aaron Siskind at TheArtStory.org

Scott Kelby’s big photowalk

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6 Comments on "A Photo Walkabout–Of Ice and Images"

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  1. It’s freesing and snowing in the netherlands right now, so i get the feeling linked to these images

  2. sil says:

    It’s rather cold here in Sicily too… Wonderful images. I especially like the frozen garden plants.

  3. Thanks Silvia! I have other jungle-like images of these same plants from last Spring. The cycle continues.

  4. Rich Bard says:

    It must be interesting for a southern photographer to suddenly have the chance to photograph the unlimited possibilities in ice. In the north, our entire range of photo opportunities changes in the winter. It is hard to look out the window without seeing some new abstract form or stark landscape that “must” be photographed. Nice pics.

    By the way, I lived in New Orleans for several years and worked outdoors. Now I live in Maine with real winters. Those few days a year in New Orleans that approached freezing were by far more uncomfortable than any winter day here in Maine. The dampness just goes through you down South. I feel for you.

  5. Rich,
    Just found your comment in my Spam folder, for some reason. Thanks for the thoughts!

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