Saturday, January 26, 2008

On the Frozen Marsh

Winters here in Wisconsin are cold and the freeze is deep. The lakes freeze. The Mississippi freezes. The marshes freeze too. That cold frozen marsh is very inviting.

I walk out onto the ice in search of cattails and reeds. I think they would make a great foreground for an image of Mount Trempealeau which rises beyond the refuge.

I see several clumps of reeds and pick on with some bent stalks. I go for a low angle image and bring out a wide angle lens to bring in the whole scene. Get in close, right on top of the reeds. Tilt the camera rear back to create extra depth of field. Add a grad filter to hold back the sky.

There it is-the reeds, the frozen marsh, the mountain and the gray sky. Nice on the ice.

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