Ice Hole Fishing

02/13/2009

I was at the right place at the right time, somewhere on the frozen Saint Lawrence River, between Canada and the United States. I had been exploring the area and noticed people heading onto the ice to fish. Some had ATVs while others dragged shacks on sleds. I was very interested in what I would find out on the ice; it was a unique opportunity and a very unusual landscape for me.

 

I ordinarily carry a lot of equipment in my truck for various situations and to work on the ice I used my ice cleats; yes, I have ice cleats in my truck! (In fact, I have two pair because the spikes on one of them are a bit worn.) I have found them to be quite helpful while walking on icy trails, or, in this scenario, while on a frozen river. I packed a couple of wide angle lenses and my Hasselblad 100mm lens. I also took a few batteries because the cold drains them rapidly. I was heavily loaded up plus the tripod.

 

You'd think a frozen river would be frozen, however, it's very wet. It didn't take long for the cold to zap me but I was enjoying myself too much to care. At first I stayed away from the people who were fishing because I didn't want to bother them and making photographs of humans isn't my thing. A person alone is rarely enough of a subject for my taste. However, when I met up with this young man I was inspired by how his presence, and his chair, altered the stark landscape.

 

 

I asked if I could photograph him ice fishing and he said he didn't mind. I switched to my Hasselblad 35mm lens, which is extremely close to my natural perspective, and I began making exposures. I was working on the tripod but I kept the ball head loose so I could easily reposition the camera. I also added 2.0 EV to my exposure to account for the brightness of the ice and fog.

 

I made this photograph using my Hasselblad digital camera.

 

 

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