One subject I love shooting, but rarely post, is ice! Specifically, I like taking close up detail shots of ice formations. Last year, I put together a post on methane bubbles I photographed at Lake Minnewanka, and it was mainly close up shots of the bubbles, especially those that were refracting light. While the methane bubbles are super fun and interesting, there is a lot more that ice can offer. I always enjoy seeing the variety in formations that range from tiny frost flowers to massive icefalls. My goal is to shoot more of these types of images and potentially put more time into lighting them, focus stacking, etc. There is so much to play with!

A few tips for taking these types of shots:

  • You can use a polarizer to cut glare on ice.
  • Use a tripod if you are going to focus stack or to help get sharp images.
  • A macro lens would be great to have with you for these types of situations (I don’t have one 🙁 ).
  • Watch your exposure – make sure you don’t underexpose if there is a lot of white in your shot that your meter will pick up on.
    • Check your histogram in the field.

Here are some recent images I’ve taken while out shooting landscapes.

Water swirling under some thin ice. The crystallized fringes caught my eye.
Frost flowers covering ice on Bow Lake
A carpet of frost flowers.
Single frost flower on clear ice over rocky shore
A single frost flower. I tried to focus stack a few shots for this one. I need a macro lens.
Ice formation on a waterfall
Clumps of icy tendrils reaching out from the base of a waterfall.
Ice blocks at the base of a waterfall
Large blocks that were strewn around the base of a waterfall.
Frozen waterfall with ice crystals growing off an ice spike
Delicate formations of ice.
Ice crystals in geometric formations.
Another geometric configuration of ice. I want to go back with some lights and get more shots of these.
Hundreds of icicles layered
Layers of icicles hanging near an icefall.