Friday, January 29, 2016

Ice castles over in Midway

Arnie, a friend from our camera club, called and asked if I wanted to join him on a photo trip over to the ice castles in Midway.  I've seen them on the news and read about them in the paper.  It is an annual winter event.  I have never been to it and hadn't thought about it as a photo opportunity.

What they do is build giant ice structures.  You walk through them and around them.  That by itself would be a bit boring.  The cool part is that they put colored lights inside the structures and do a poor man's light show.

This is what we saw as we first got there.  The sun was setting and there was still a fair amount of light.

As it got darker, the lights began to have their effect.


I liked this one because there was just enough light in the evening sky to show the clouds on a long exposure.


All sorts of different shapes of ice.


I am not sure what the process was for making everything.  It has to be some fairly slow drip to get all the icicles and not just a giant ice blob.


No color in this one, but it was looking straight up into the sky from the ground.  I thought it was a cool perspective.  The biggest challenge was trying to find the right focus when the camera was on a tripod with the back aimed straight at the ground and the focus points all centered on space.


There were little caverns and pathways.  The challenge was trying to find a shot without a mass of people.


Some of the shapes left me wondering how they were created.


One our way out, we stopped to look at a little fountain they had.  Clearly this volume of water was too much to create the interesting shapes but perhaps it could build a base for something.


But the lighting and long exposures made the fountain look pretty cool.


So, glad I went, but it is one of those things that you check off and don't go back for another few years, or decades. While you don't see it in the pictures, there were hordes of people there on a Thursday night, all paying $10 each. Seems like an interesting business to be in, as long as winter stays fairly cold.
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