14°F this morning. I tried out my new Heat 3 Smart Gloves and they kept my hands pretty comfortable except for my thumbs. The heat pack pocket is only for your finger tips so my thumbs were kind of left out in the cold. The mitten kept them cool but not frozen as has been the case with other gloves. The ends flip open for use of your fingers should you need to make fine adjustments. But I was able to use all the controls on the camera without opening the mittens. Should the gloves need to be removed, there are cuff bands to keep them at a handy dangle. All in all I’d say I am pleased…which I had better be for $200. So far it’s money well spent.
I visited the Middle Branch of the Swift River at Gate 30 of the Quabbin for the umpteenth time. Although the river is still running free and unimpeded by any frozen blockage, there were some nice icicles forming and I picked out these with some interesting flow for contrast.
I tried several different exposure times to see variously defined flows and settled on this one….5 seconds@ISO100. I made a few at shorter times but felt that the more defined and rough flow competed too much with the solid ice formations. I made several other framings but like the inclusion of the curved water on the right here better than the rest. Ordinarily I would prefer a lower angle, but that drew the rock into the right edge of the ice and I wanted a little separation there. So the tripod was elevated to get that angle.
So that’s my first of the season. More to come.