Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Creative Photography: Ice Ice Baby


I don’t know how creative my photography is in this shot. I will say that I had to lie down on the ground to get the best effect and getting back up sure felt creative.

This was taken this past winter. It had been freezing cold for days and then overnight the temperature rose into the 50s and it rained and rained. That spout thing was dripping like crazy all day.

Then – just as suddenly – the sun came out and the temps dipped. Dipped into - oh my god my skin is coming off - cold. The constant drip turned to a hesitant splat. And with each little splat that icicle got taller and taller, reaching back up toward the spout as if it wanted to climb back in there and warm up.

I’ve seen icicles hanging down but this guy was hanging up. And I thought he was the coolest thing. There’s a second little one which I think came from a drip off the pool cover, and the little guy is checking out his reflection in the pool base.

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44 comments:

Hilary said...

Wow.. how cool is that.. literally! Wonderful photo, Dianne. Thanks for that.

Jackie said...

How fantastic! Hope it's warmer now!

Leighann said...

COOL!!

That's really neat how it froze up instead of freezing at it was coming out/down.

Karen said...

Very cool. I love that .

Knight said...

Wow. It must take a lot of time for something like that to come about. Very cool shot.

Jay said...

That's pretty neat the way things like that can form in the winter time. Cool pic too!

Raven said...

Very cool photo! I like that it's black and white too.

Thanks for your kind words at Raven's Nest. You have talked me into submitting some photos. Costs the same ($15 to a good cause) to submit 20 as one, so I'll see if I can find that many. Wish me luck.

Dianne said...

thanks hilary :)

jackie - it is too warm. I'd rather it be cold :)

leighann - when I first noticed it I thought I was trippin' LOL

thanks karen :)

knight - I don't know how long it was forming, most of the day I guess. It was late afternoon when I noticed it. love your new shot, very "mod"

jay - I knew it would collapse at some point and no one would believe me so I had to get the proof.

thanks raven! color took away from the icicle.
and Yay!! I am thrilled that you're entering, you don't need luck, you got skills :)

Sparkling Red said...

It's a stalagmite! Awesome.

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Greyscale Territory said...

This really is interesting! A great idea to capture in black and white! Adore your story behind the pic too!

bobbie said...

Great! Especially in black and white!

Your story of lying down to take it is awesome. Don't think I'd go that far in that weather to capture a picture.

Dianne said...

sparkling red - I know! I could have had my own tourist attraction!

greyscale - thanks so much!

bobbie - it wasn't the cold although the ground was hard. it was getting my aching bones and my big butt back up again :)

Patti said...

Very interesting photo. I laughed about how getting up from taking the shot felt creative. I feel your over-50 pain!

;-)

Roger said...

Very cool, thank you for your Creative Photography submission.

napaboaniya said...

Oh wow~ Ouuch!!!! The feeling of getting off the ground after this picture must have hurt lots.
It's indeed a creative shot :)

Dianne said...

patti - thanks for sharing in my pain!! much appreciated ;)

thanks roger

napaboaniya - it did smart a bit and I'm afraid my language was way more colorful than just ouch ;)

Michael Manning said...

Diane: Ice is so beautiful and so is your photography! I've just never warmed to the idea of freezing in Ohio! :D)

Ron said...

MAGICAL shot Dianne!

I happen to LOVE winter, so anything that has to do with FEEZING photos...I thoroughly enjoy!

Hey...and I just noticed your creative photography award!

Congrats, girl!

Gattina said...

That is really amazing ! and you catched it very well. But next time please also put a picture of you while getting up !

Matt-Man said...

Very nice, Di. I just have a thing for black and white in photography. Cheers!!

Quiet Rage said...

Now, Diane, you'd *really* be a miracle photographer if you could get "reverse gravity" to work on my boobs and butt.

the walking man said...

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha laying on the ground could have been akin to licking a flag pole. When the temps went up, and be honest, didn't you feel like filling the pool and becoming a mother to that icicle?

Suzanne said...

You did well to get this photo. Did anyone see you lying on the ground.

Odat said...

Great shot, very creative!!!
Peace

Ivanhoe said...

I never saw one coming from the bottom up.
And I'm glad summer is here, cause I don't like cold. I like winter though just looking at the snow from the safety of my warm home :o)

Dianne said...

michael - ice is beautiful as long as it stays off my walk ;)

ron - I love winter too! I know we both hate being hot, well hot temps - I know we're both hot!

gattina - a pic of me getting up off the ground! now that would be some wide shot and it'd need a very slow speed setting LOL

matt-man - me too, love B&W photos

lol quiet rage - me first!!

mark - I certainly felt like I was stuck to the ground

suzanne - oh my! I hope not!!

thanks odat!!

ivanhoe - I've never see that before either, I really did think I was imagining it when I first noticed it, I even ran my hand around it as though looking for a trick.

Charlene said...

dianne
thank you for your compliment on my first HNT~~ i'm already planning my next pics

Akelamalu said...

OH WOW fantastic shot Dianne!

Abraham Lincoln said...

I guess ice is a marvelous thing in that it melts. It makes a cave like photograph with stalagmites and stalactites.
Thanks for your visit to my Brookville Daily Photo blog this morning. I hope you enjoyed my post today showing the baby rabbit eating the poppy leaves.

I also wrote a longer piece on my Better Blog Writing about my Mom and Dad. See if you like the writing style. It is popular among better blogs.


Last evening, it was almost dark, when one of the baby rabbits came up to our patio door and wanted in. I was flabbergasted but only took a picture and didn't leave him come in the house.

I wanted you to know I stopped-in to repay your visit and leave a you a comment.

I enjoyed reading your blog post for today and I thought your photography was excellent.

Bond said...

Sometimes we have to change our perspective to see cool things in life...very nice

Dianne said...

charlene - you're welcome! you're a natural

thanks akelamalu!!

Mr. Lincoln - I love writing that!! thanks for the visit. I think the fact that the bunny felt so at ease is lovely. And your compliment on my photo means a lot as I think your work is exquisite. I'll be back to see/read more.

bond - I've been trying to get on your page ever since you posted your entry - it's not you, it's me and my sometimes overworked system. actually I've been meaning to visit you for so long - we have mutual friends and your comments are soooooooo good!.

the teach said...

Dianne, a great photo! An icicle hanging up! In caves that's called a stalagtite or a stalagmite, who knows! Ha! Good Luck to you!

Ralph said...

That is an excellent shot. I like the starkness of this monochrome photo because it is winter in the Northeast. We deserve the colors of spring after a gray winter...

Dianne said...

teach - I still can't explain exactly how it happened and that's part of its magic.

ralph - thank you so much. I like the starkness too especially since it helped enhance the little icicle and its reflection.

fermicat said...

Wow - how odd. Which makes it cool.

Ladynred said...

Cool icicle Dianne. That's funny eh getting down on the ground. I do that a lot! hehe. Thanks for the lovely comment. Goodluck!
Scrapbooking and Photography

Dianne said...

exactly fermicat! odd = cool, I've always thought so.

ladynred - it never dawned on me that being physically fit really would help my photography!

Full Soul Now! said...

I love that your icicles have personalities! Great shot!

Dianne said...

full soul - icicles with personality, a wonderful way to express it, thank you!!

ETK said...

Wow, that is a VERY cool shot! I'm envy your dedication and ability to join these different projects and keep up with them!

Dianne said...

etk - thanks!! the projects make me more disciplined in being creative - if that makes any sense

Frank Baron said...

What a great shot!

And a fine illustration of why we guys in the Great White North walk backwards while peeing outside in winter.

;)

Dianne said...

thanks frank!
imagine the danger for us ladies lol