A Small Wall of Ice

The theme of bad weather photography continues. One Friday is was about rain, today Jamie Zartmen talks about ice…

Today’s Post by Jamie Zartman

Jamie Zartman

Last weekend I had to drive from Grand Junction, Colorado to Boulder to attend my granddaughter’s swim meet. I usually exit I-70 at US 6 and drive down Clear Creek Canyon to Golden, Colorado as a scenic short cut to Boulder.

The sky was overcast above the narrow canyon and there was thick ice on the creek beside the highway. Suddenly, I caught a flash of color as I rounded a curve, and then it was gone. I turned around at the next opportunity, parked where I could and hiked a bit back up the highway carrying my always ready, little Panasonic LX-100 that has a 24-75mm (equivalent) lens. I was rewarded with a scene of two ice climbers on a small wall of ice. I captured this photo with an exposure of 1/1000 sec at f/5.6, ISO 200 at 40mm (equivalent) and used a branch to partially frame the top of the photo.

The opportunity to stretch one’s legs and grab a photo is always there, it’s just around the next corner.