BRENT PENNINGTON Sunrise over frozen Lackawanna Lake at Lackawanna State Park on the morning of 27 January 2013.

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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.

BRENT PENNINGTONSunrise over frozen Lackawanna Lake at Lackawanna State Park on the morning of 27 January 2013.

 BRENT PENNINGTON Sunrise over frozen Lackawanna Lake and ice fishermen at Lackawanna State Park on the morning of 27 January 2013.

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.

 

BRENT PENNINGTON Panorama of frozen Lackawanna Lake on the morning of 27 January 2013.

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BRENT PENNINGTON Early morning light on frozen Lackawanna Lake at Lackawanna State Park on the morning of 27 January 2013.

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…

 

Brent Pennington is a freelance photographer and the driving force behind The Roving Photographer. When he\’s not working with portraiture or promotional clients, he’s usually in the field, hiking, or kayaking in pursuit of nature and wildlife shots.

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