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Ice Capades - Squared

Where: Hicklinge, Sweden
What: Lake
When: January 29th, 2017, 9.06am
With What: Hasselblad 555ELD & CFV II, (Plus Kodak Tri-X and Fuji Velvia) Zeiss 80mm C Lens, tripod, 30th Sec, f11, iso 200 with Hahnel Giga T Pro with DIY modified cable and remote.

My morning starts early. I have a fire to start before the household gets up, 4 ducks, 2 rabbits, 4 dogs to feed and walk, breakfast to make for the family (sometimes when I remember) and a daughter to get off to school.

I was slightly jaded this morning as one of the dogs we look after (a huge Leon Berger called Ronja) decided to take a long drink in the middle of the night, 2am to be precise, the slurping woke my wife and I up and it seemed to go on forever. The devastation of left over saliva in the bowl was in itself and work of art and at the same time totally disgusting.

Breakfast was hard to eat so I decided after my chores to go out and take some photos and walk the dog. I rounded up my secondhand clothing and vintage Ice Skates bought from the “Loppis” (Swedish secondhand store) the day before for the princely sum of 50SEK (£5). I also grabbed a sledge.
I did not have a plan but just needed to go out a take some photos.

Hicklinge Lake was lovely, frozen and misty. Perfect. To top it off there was this wonderful pattern in the ice that I somehow had to capture. I used the sledge to drag around my equipment on the lake while I watched an Ice luminous jacket wearing fisherman walk out into the middle of the lake and drills holes as he went. As my gaze followed him I looked at the dog who was also looking at the fisherman, he was also sitting on the camera equipment to get a better look. Ah hah, that’s the shot I want.

Piece of cake I thought, congratulating myself on a good idea for once.
Hah, like hell.

The set up and focussing took a little time, I then had to do a massive panorama with various focusing points to set the scene, I then moved the sledge into place reset the camera to the position we were supposed to be in and then tried to get the dog to sit on it as he did before. 
He looked at me as if to say “no bloody way!!” I tried coaxing, flattery, doggy charm (biscuits) and then resorted to hard stares and gesticulating.
Nothing.

All the hard stares and gesticulating did was scare Fletcher and he starting shaking. So to let him calm down I decided to get dressed up. All of this was exceptionally difficult as I had not countered on the ice actually being slippy. The dog had no issues but I was barely holding myself together and I had not even put my skates on yet.

I was all dressed up and the dog was now sniffing around in the long frozen grass behind me, it sounded like a scene from Jurassic Park when the Velociraptors were chasing those dudes, crash, crack rustle went Fletcher, slip crunch bang I went as my legs headed into the sky and left me crashing down onto the Ice. Winded I lay there catching my breath, the dog then ran over to see what the fuss was about and sat on my chest licking my face.

So I got up and lead the dog to the sled saying to myself “I’m taking the picture if it kills me”.

Trying to get the dog onto the sled was an art, much like trying to put an unhappy baby into a car seat when they so don’t want to go. Several try’s made me realise he needed to sit on something so I found a towel and bingo he jumped up onto the sled sending it careering across the lake and Fletcher in the other direction. Shit!!

Well you can imagine, Fletcher was never going on that thing again.

An hour later I finally got him to sit for 5 shots, all the while he is shaking and trembling while I talked to him to keep him sweet. I then quickly shoved on my skates. It was at this point I realised I’d never been on Ice skates before nor a frozen lake in Sweden.

It’s actually a lot harder than Torvill and Dean make it look.

So finally I’m in position, camera is at the ready, I’m trying desperately trying to stand still long enough for the 30th of a second shutter, hoping the dog is not distracted by the loud shutter slap of the camera echoing across the lake. I took a few shots with film as well for good measure which I’m looking forward to seeing when I can find someone in Sweden to develop them.

I managed to take a few more shots before the dog had had enough, we were both quite cold by this point and I was looking forward to getting home in front of the fire. So ended my Ice Capades for the day.

I hope you like it.

Shoved into Photoshop, stitched together, Dodged and Burnt the foreground, turned into mono and a signature shoved on it.

© Copyright – redtree.me – All rights reserved.

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Ice Capades

Where: Hicklinge, Sweden
What: Lake
When: January 29th, 2017, 9.06pm
With What: Hasselblad 555ELD & CFV II, (Plus Kodak Tri-X and Fuji Velvia) Zeiss 80mm C Lens, tripod, 30th Sec, f11, iso 200 with Hahnel Giga T Pro with DIY modified cable and remote.

My morning starts early. I have a fire to start before the household gets up, 4 ducks, 2 rabbits, 4 dogs to feed and walk, breakfast to make for the family (sometimes when I remember) and a daughter to get off to school.

I was slightly jaded this morning as one of the dogs we look after (a huge Leon Berger called Ronja) decided to take a long drink in the middle of the night, 2am to be precise, the slurping woke my wife and I up and it seemed to go on forever. The devastation of left over saliva in the bowl was in itself and work of art and at the same time totally disgusting.

Breakfast was hard to eat so I decided after my chores to go out and take some photos and walk the dog. I rounded up my secondhand clothing and vintage Ice Skates bought from the “Loppis” (Swedish secondhand store) the day before for the princely sum of 50SEK (£5). I also grabbed a sledge.
I did not have a plan but just needed to go out a take some photos.

Hincklinge lake was lovely, frozen and misty. Perfect. To top it off there was this wonderful pattern in the ice that I somehow had to capture. I used the sledge to drag around my equipment on the lake while I watched an Ice luminous jacket wearing fisherman walk out into the middle of the lake and drills holes as he went. As my gaze followed him I looked at the dog who was also looking at the fisherman, he was also sitting on the camera equipment to get a better look. Ah hah, that’s the shot I want.

Piece of cake I thought, congratulating myself on a good idea for once.
Hah, like hell.

The set up and focussing took a little time, I then had to do a massive panorama with various focusing points to set the scene, I then moved the sledge into place reset the camera to the position we were supposed to be in and then tried to get the dog to sit on it as he did before. 
He looked at me as if to say “no bloody way!!” I tried coaxing, flattery, doggy charm (biscuits) and then resorted to hard stares and gesticulating.
Nothing.

All the hard stares and gesticulating did was scare Fletcher and he starting shaking. So to let him calm down I decided to get dressed up. All of this was exceptionally difficult as I had not countered on the ice actually being slippy. The dog had no issues but I was barely holding myself together and I had not even put my skates on yet.

I was all dressed up and the dog was now sniffing around in the long frozen grass behind me, it sounded like a scene from Jurassic Park when the Velociraptors were chasing those dudes, crash, crack rustle went Fletcher, slip crunch bang I went as my legs headed into the sky and left me crashing down onto the Ice. Winded I lay there catching my breath, the dog then ran over to see what the fuss was about and sat on my chest licking my face.

So I got up and lead the dog to the sled saying to myself “I’m taking the picture if it kills me”.

Trying to get the dog onto the sled was an art, much like trying to put an unhappy baby into a car seat when they so don’t want to go. Several try’s made me realise he needed to sit on something so I found a towel and bingo he jumped up onto the sled sending it careering across the lake and Fletcher in the other direction. Shit!!

Well you can imagine, Fletcher was never going on that thing again.

An hour later I finally got him to sit for 5 shots, all the while he is shaking and trembling while I talked to him to keep him sweet. I then quickly shoved on my skates. It was at this point I realised I’d never been on Ice skates before nor a frozen lake in Sweden.

It’s actually a lot harder than Torvill and Dean make it look.

So finally I’m in position, camera is at the ready, I’m trying desperately trying to stand still long enough for the 30th of a second shutter, hoping the dog is not distracted by the loud shutter slap of the camera echoing across the lake. I took a few shots with film as well for good measure which I’m looking forward to seeing when I can find someone in Sweden to develop them.

I managed to take a few more shots before the dog had had enough, we were both quite cold by this point and I was looking forward to getting home in front of the fire. So ended my Ice Capades for the day.

I hope you like it.

Shoved into Photoshop, stitched together, Dodged and Burnt the foreground, turned into mono and a signature shoved on it.

© Copyright – redtree.me – All rights reserved.

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Split Decision

Where: Hicklinge, Sweden
What: Lake
When: January 24th, 2017, 12.06pm
With What: Hasselblad 555ELD & CFV II, (Plus Kodak Tri-X) Zeiss 80mm C Lens, tripod, 60th Sec, f5.6, iso 50 with Hahnel Giga T Pro with DIY modified cable and remote.

There are moments which I sometimes wonder what the hell I’m doing, today was one of those days.

I spent time this morning reviewing my sketch book and decided on a batch of ideas which included myself, our dog Fletcher, a frozen lake, mist, a ladder, other props and various poses, so I attempted to faithfully replicate the sketches I’d done.

Our nearby lake has been frozen over for the past 4 weeks and solidly for the past week when the temperatures got down to -16 at one point. Though the weather had taken a turn for the warmer over the past 4 days and my hope of getting all the elements from my sketch seem to be slipping away.

So with the light mist this morning I gathered as much as I could, bundled up the car with props and drove down to the lake. The atmosphere of the lake was dead quiet except of the odd eery crack and groan of the lake ice straining at the colder temperatures from the warmer ones the day before. That should have been a warning sign to me but I was on a mission.

I got the large ladder from the car and offered it up to the ice, I got out the chain saw and went to work creating two holes for the legs of the ladder. Icy cold water splashing everywhere made for messy work. 5 minutes later I had the ladder up and was moving props about. I got dressed up in my usual vintage garb to try some photos. The ladder was not fully secure or straight plus it had a little tilt to it, I’d also left it out overnight so the ladder was covered in frost. Climbing it was slightly tricky.

Every so often a startling crack or weird ping of the ice would happen but somewhere far over the other side of the Lake I ignored it and continued snapping the scenes from my sketch book.

Mid way through I hit on what I thought was a bright idea which I had not put into my sketchbook.

What if I climbed to the top of the ladder and sit on the top rung?

Great idea, I said to myself and moved the camera further away so I could get the whole scene in shot. I gingerly climbed to the top of the ladder, snapping pictures as I went, this shot was one of them.

Trying to get one leg over the top strut was a test of courage and faith of my handy work below. I managed to hook my left leg under the second top rung, the ladder was now swaying a little more at this point and my heart was starting to beat a little faster, especially now I was at the point of no return. 
Just at the point I got my other leg over the right strut and started to hook it under the second top rung, I must have lent back a little and the ladder almost fully pitched back, I caught myself in time and lent forward with my heart in my mouth, the ladder bouncing even more.

Crack, went the ice off in the distance and I looked in the direction of the sound. Another crack and boom but this time I actually spotted it happen. 
Like a slow motion lightening strike and odd fascination I saw the crack hurtle in my direction, jagging this way and that, the crack and booming sound whooshed around in various directions around and directly under the ladder I was perched on. I huge piece of ice split 5ft beside me into a diamond shape and I froze. 
A few more cracks one of which went through the hole I’d made for the ladders leg and carried on to the shore which now seemed much further away than before. How I managed to take one picture during this I have no idea, the picture of this clearly shows my body shape of horror, hunched and gripping to the ladder with sheer fright. I may post it one day.

I wanted to take some pictures but I also wanted to get out of this idiotic position I’d got myself into, it was a split decision, but thankfully sense took over and I very very carefully managed to get my leg back over the ladder strut and then the other and made my way down to the “safety” of the ice below.

I took a deep breath and headed for the car to sit down and contemplate what just happened. The dog all the while had been sitting in the warm open boot of the car waiting for my return, I can only imagine what he was thinking.

I hope you like it.

Shoved into Photoshop, turned into mono and a signature shoved on it.

© Copyright – redtree.me – All rights reserved.

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I love it, though if I were to be super critical the light is a little too top heavy, it needs a little splash on her shoulder to bring the focus down to the expression.
Her lips get lost a little too so maybe there should be a little more difference made in the background to define that a bit more.
Her ear is a light hotspot so focus is drawn here too maybe more so than the rest of the shot.
The overall tone is great and props and make up match the style.
I also like the half closed eye too as it adds a little story to the shot.

Just my opinion.

Loving the retro feel to it.
Go Jump In A Lake

Where: Hicklinge, Sweden
What: Lake
When: October 2016, 9.22am
With What: Hasselblad 555ELD & CFV II, Zeiss 80mm C Lens, tripod, 80th Sec, f5.6, iso 100 with Hahnel Giga T Pro with DIY modified cable and remote.

This is a follow up shot to my previous posting “Where have you been”.
To recap, I had to wade out 30 metres from shore to retrieve my dog – Fletcher – who appeared to be hiding behind a rock and was seemingly refusing to come back to shore. It turned out it was a misunderstanding on my part.

So having waded out to tell him off and after a lengthy staring competition which clearly went no where, I sent him packing back to shore with a stern look and a strong finger pointing gesture.
He shot me a look, as he reluctantly he left me there stranded on rock, which clearly said to me “Go Jump In A Lake.”

So my victory was remarkably short lived and now I had to get back to shore again. My trouser legs already ringing wet from the journey to the rock so I decided to take the dogs unspoken advice.

This shot is the result.

I hope you like it.

This is a 9 shot pano. 1 core shot of me jumping is stitched into the 8 shot panorama, the 8 shots is to capture the surrounding scenery to let the shot breathe. So the whole lot was shoved into Photoshop, stitched together, turned into mono with a few Luminosity masks to brighten and darken parts of the image and then a signature shoved on it.

© Copyright – redtree.me – All rights reserved.

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