Sunday morning dawned cold and overcast, but after my success with the eagles the day before, I was already up and in the field. Photography is like a drug and, when the shoots are successful, you want more. And more. Even if it means getting up at 0600 on a Sunday and bundling in four layers to try and ward off the 10* air. It’s because a good sunrise is worth it. Plus it’s always fun to get to walk down a frozen lake!
Starting bold, the image at top is a panorama comprised of four frames merged in Photoshop. If it looks cold, with that purple cast to the snow, well, it was. I was standing on the edge of Lackawanna Lake, where in the summer I’d have been in at least up to my hips. But after a week+ of single digits, the lake was frozen solid. I trusted it because the ice fishermen were trusting it; at least a dozen were there setting up when I arrived, and frozen-over holes attested to their having been there before.
Some mornings are frustrating, or at least a little odd. In the first of the two images above, I was turned 180*, actually shooting from the opposite shore a bit before sunrise. In the image immediately above, I was shooting about 10 minutes before I made the panorama at the start of this post. Goes to show how much, and how quickly, the light can change. It looked pretty bleak at first, but I decided to stick it out because I could see the hint of some good color in the eastern sky, amid clearing clouds. And I’m glad I stayed, because the morning cleared quickly and delivered some excellent light.
The images below, the single frame and the panorama, were shot just as I was leaving. The entire nature of the light had changed already; it was much warmer, with the sun over the hill now. Full disclosure, in a perfect world the sky would be more blue. It really was blue, but needed some polarization in the images…which I couldn’t provide, because my polarizing filter was stuck to a reducing ring and I wasn’t able to get it free with my gloves on. And I was too much of a wimp to take my gloves off and try.
I shot the panorama while still down the lake, near the pier. The image of the trees was made a few minutes later, as I had gotten closer. The opening panorama was shot with my Leica 25mm lens; all the other images, including the second panorama, where shot with the 75mm. I was mixing things up a little. It worked out well.
More to come from this morning…