I have a tendency, either from love of place or laziness, to visit the same spots fairly often. Hop Brook in Holland Glen, part of the M-M Trail running through Belchertown, Massachusetts, is one of those places. Although the geology never changes, the water’s flow in warmer seasons and the ice formations in winter are ever-changing and often quite beautiful.
In the same spot where I photographed some gorgeous clear and very long tapered icicles previously, I found these frosty icicles with some nice silky water emphasizing their crispness and beauty. The use of a polarizing filter allowed me to reduce the reflection in the water, thus making for a dark contrast for the bright ice as well as slowing the exposure so the water would have it’s silky quality.
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I processed this as a black and white image to take advantage of the nice range of tones from black water to white ice. There was very little color anyway, so eliminating it allows the contrasts to take center stage. It also is a combination of three images in a focus stack to keep the crispness of the frosted icicles throughout the image.