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Rime and Reason

Rime and Reason
Photo Information
Copyright: Bob Harrison (BobH) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 8 N: 192] (650)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-16
Categories: Ocean
Camera: Canon PowerShot S5 IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Frozen nature, Ice in any shape!, Abstract ice formations [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-17 19:04
Viewed: 9143
Points: 12
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Rime and Reason

Our recent cold wave has spurred me to return to TN for posting of some winter images which are not possible in many locations.

In the last few days, the news media were full of reports of the terrible cold about to grip the entire eastern US. This was a clear signal for me to get ready for some interesting morning photography. So the first truly cold day gave this image and more. The actual temperature was -27C at sunrise and rose only slowly from there.

At this temperature, sea smoke on the ocean is common and can produce some very unusual images (as my first 3 TN posts). The beauty is not always just in the sea smoke itself, but also what's left behind after it passes. There are many different types of ice formed many different ways, and they have many different names. The vapor in sea smoke (really a type of fog), when gently meeting very cold objects, forms ice crystals called soft rime or sometimes hoarfrost.

This image is of soft rime collected on a piece of seaweed exposed at low tide. The seashore is host to some of the most beautiful natural sculptures, including many on a small scale. These can also be very ephemeral. Since the range of tide here is 3 to 3.5 m, there is plenty of territory to explore which may be submerged just a couple of hours later. The sea smoke responsible for the ice crystals is visible in the background, especially on the left side.

Objects which stick up into the air collect much more rime, so this bit of seaweed was unusual. More typical pieces of the same type of seaweed are visible in the lower left, about 5 mm wide. From where it enters the frame at lower right to the top of the curve, the height of the coated curved piece is about 5-6 cm.

tech note on shooting- no tripod, but used a stabilization strategy just as effective- this was taken with the LCD display flipped out and the camera body mashed firmly down into the frozen seaweed (a great argument for the swivel display design!)

tech note on post processing- significant contrast added, slight sharpening and total saturation

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To rcrick: The Game and moreBobH 1 04-03 14:56
To rundive: not an orchidBobH 1 01-18 08:16
To sranjan: more subtle ice than yoursBobH 1 01-18 08:14
To inked: rime...BobH 1 01-18 07:59
To Heaven: dust or...BobH 1 01-18 07:53
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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2009-01-18 0:15]
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fantastic shot!! really well composed.. great sharp detail.. awesome

Hi Bob,
great shot, it looks like a scorpion tail's.

Hi Bob!

It's a delightful sculpture, well seen and well compsoed. The details are fine and the overall impression very pleasant. Just be careful with dust spots like the one on the very right...

Kind regards


Hello Bob,
Stunning shot of this beautiful winter abstract. Superb details, pose and a lovely composition against clear blue sky. Excellent lighting and POV. TFS.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2009-01-20 13:47]

Hello Bob , Wonderful composition ,very beautiful .looks like t'monster from lock ness .Greetings Teunie .

Hi Bob,

387 views and only 5 comments crazy! Wonderful sculpture literary frozen in time, excellent detail and framing up against a perfect sky, nice work,

Cheers Rick :)

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