This is a scene of some icicles hanging from a wooden fence at Bective Abbey, Co Meath taken on Christmas Eve, 2010.
In 2010 Ireland saw one of its worst winters on record, with snowfall that brought the country to a standstill. All across the country, pipes were bursting, damage was being done and the nation lay under a very rare blanket of snow.
On Christmas Eve, I had to go out for some last minute bits and pieces before the big day itself, and my journey home brought me within a couple of miles of Bective Abbey. As its such a rarity to see snow, and Bective Abbey itself is a great historic site, I thought it a good idea to stop off and take a few snaps.
The fence this icicle hangs from was only newly built, so it was nice to see the color of the setting sun caught in its details. I know its far from being an impressive icicle, at about 6 inches it is nothing to get excited about, but it was a unique capture for me in Ireland which has an extremely temperate climate and almost never sees weather cold enough for icicles to form.
In this particular year, icicles were forming on moving cars as the heat of the engine caused snow on the bonnet to melt and then freeze again before hitting the ground.
It may have caused misery all around, but it was still very beautiful.
Thanks for looking!
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lousat (81646) 2013-12-10 11:32
Hi Noel,absolutely fantastic!! What a details on the stalagmite of ice,it seems made in bronze,magnificent choice of light position to see the transparencies of the work of cold weather on the drops falling,magnificent and rich blurred background too.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
dkmurphys (52201) 2013-12-10 11:48
Charming winter detail. I like the spotted image, lovely catch.
Have a good evening.
mesutilgim (88484) 2013-12-10 12:48
Hello dear Noel !
Just amazing ...
Very well observed and captured.
Good TE entry with many interesting notes.
TFS and best regards
krzychu30 (15510) 2013-12-10 13:27
WOW,where to start?
it´s simply fabulous my friend!
The subject,the way you approached to it and how you composed it and finally the mood you were able to create and convey.
For You it´s a beautiful memory of Christmas Eve from 2010 and for us delightful composition bringing us in this unique,festive mood of Christmas time.
Beautiful and creative shot!
Have a good night
dipsybee (296) 2013-12-10 14:19
Beautiful shot. I like the composition it has a nice balance to it. The lighting is super in the way it is reflected in the water and also the way it shines through the icicles showing the details. The background is nicely blurred too. An inspired shot.
ourania (35852) 2013-12-10 14:33
I like very much the light and colours that make this simple composition so lovely. We can feel the depth of the landscape, despite the blurriness and shade. The sense of depth along with the chromatic and lighting contrast, makes the luminous icicles very attractive. The dark triangle in the upper left corner offers balance and dynamism and frames the sun together with the shady element in the background. The effect of the light on the left side is varying, intriguing and amusing: the luminous sphere, the playful rays and the dim reflection on the snow. A fine wintry impression, congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a good night,
carlo62 (38000) 2013-12-10 15:26
fantastico dettaglio, il ghiaccio in primo piano ha una grande qualità.
Ottimo il gioco dei fuochi, con il sole che ci offre un perfetto punto luce.
Subhogen (4067) 2013-12-10 17:51
A brilliant shot from winter.
The background being blurred and the well managed backlight make this icicle stand out with all its intricate details.
It seems that it is made of some metal because of the shine and lustre you were able to capture on this icicle.
I hope you don't face such severe weather conditions this year.
Very well taken and presented.
mrichat (1727) 2013-12-10 19:42
a nice photo on winter theme.the ice stick on the rhs is enough sharp to see its details.good dof.
thanks for sharing.
serp2000 (41882) 2013-12-10 20:05
Good December morning, Noel,
Very nice composition, I like your idea to focused on the right part, excellent macro! Well, we have to take from this season some positive emotions too ;))
We have the month's norm of the snow for the last 3 days...
mirosu (15156) 2013-12-10 22:37
Excellent close up photo. The icicle details are outstanding, the back-light perfect. Superb control of differential focus. You are lucky to take this nice photo on Christmas Eve day. Well done.
jjcordier (78388) 2013-12-10 22:55
Ces cristaux de classe sont très photogéniques avec ce bel éclairage à contre-jour. Personnellement, je trouve que le soleil surexposé attire trop mon regard et je l'aurais certainement coupé?
aleXundar (1256) 2013-12-10 23:03
What a shot! What a shot!
The icicles, the details thereupon, and the sun. You make us believe that those golden shapes were hanging there only for you to take a shot.
For artists, the frame is a delight. For beginners, it is an example as to how a tough weather condition can be translated into a great piece of photography.
Thanks a lot.
With warm regards,
emka (85179) 2013-12-10 23:24
I like the title, the tiny structures on the icicles look like fractals indeed. Splendid observations and wonderful shot. beautiful colours and light.
Warm regrads Malgo
hidibyendu (875) 2013-12-11 3:22
What a fantastic detail of the snow!!
Yo captured it really well. May be the white sun rays are a bit distracting. But beautiful composition.
snunney (88982) 2013-12-11 5:17
An unusual abstract composition making good use of these opportune icicles. Captured in perfect detail against the setting sun. Winter is not my favourite time of year I have to say, so it's great to be able to get fine shots like this.
Romano46 (18472) 2013-12-11 10:30
in questa più che il soggetto in sè ha una particolare evidenza la composizione che appare molto equilibrata sia per le forme che per i colori che la formano.
Splendida la nitidezza della stalattite che assume una particolare colorazione probabilmente anche per effetto dei raggi solari.
Quasi un quadro astratto su una visione dell'infinito che si lascia all'immaginario dell'osservatore.
Ciao e buona serata
nikkitta (16476) 2013-12-11 12:44
Good this terrible winter is gone but your super creative and well composed capture remains
Nice to see the light of the sun (more sun) reflected on the hanging stalactite
Color contrast is catching
Have a great (coolder one) week
SnapRJW (31625) 2013-12-11 21:52
Hello Noel - The detailing on the main icicle is sublime and I can investigate the crystal growth patterns for ages so that section of the shot in itself is gorgeous. Seen together with the colours, light and composition you have presented a wonderful, almost abstract winter scene. The beauty of the sun passing through the icicle is better than any Christmas decoration I have ever seen. Top shot my friend. Warm regards Rosemary
CLODO (31705) 2013-12-12 0:29
perfect Xmas card, well framed and revealed by the sun backlight, the blue blurred bokeh contrats widely with the yellowish hues of the icicle.
Fis2 (89347) 2013-12-12 1:46
I like light and colors.
trevormoffiet (3112) 2013-12-12 2:01
I love this composition with sharp focus on the icicle extreme right fading away in focus through the other icicles to the sun at the left of the image.
The image is so simple but one could absorb it for ages.
Sergiom (66209) 2013-12-12 4:45
Une très bonne idée et elle est très bien réalisée. J'aime la très grande netteté sur le glaçon en premier plan qui semble translucide ainsi que le beau flou sur le soleil.
pajaran (54536) 2013-12-12 5:27
Interesantan tekst o mestu i zimi, sa opisom ...
Lep pogled i trenutak ...
Dobra kompozicija, lepo pokazan trenutak, lepe boje.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje.
An interesting article about the place in the winter, with a description ...
Nice view and a moment ...
Good composition, nice moment shown, beautiful colors.
Nice afternoon and all the best.
rigoletto (34269) 2013-12-12 14:20
ehi noel, you already knew that this would be a killer shot, didn't you? the sharp focus on those ice fractals lit with counter sun... they are to die for. and the whole of your photo is full of ideas, and joyful use of techniques. very impressive, almost microscobic art. i love it!
imageme (1790) 2013-12-12 15:49
Hi Noel, What a stunned sharpness of this icicle. I like this kind of winter mood. The sunshine is adding vivid colours to the image. Thank very much
jcpix (13810) 2013-12-12 18:58
Before I get to this photo, there's been another disappearance reported...what happened to Guinness?? Unless my fading memory has struck again, I'm pretty sure I saw it posted earlier...are you toying with me? :) Was there something scandalous going on with the missing statue from the cemetery, was he spotted in the bar and you had to remove any and all photographic evidence? haha
Well, it was quite the pleasant surprise to see your name attached to this pic when I first noticed it in the thumbnail gallery. A bit different than what we're accustomed to seeing, and might I say, it's a terrific shot! I was initially attracted to the colors, the golden tones of the sun and ice combined with the blue backdrop is always a winning pair.
This kind of weather is undoubtedly miserable, but wow, can it produce some kind of beauty...and your intuition and approach to this paid dividends. Signature backlight effect, you've had that skill down for quite some time now haven't you? Sweet recognition of the opportunity, cracker of a shot! We don't get these icicles around here, only that beastly sun...although it's pretty darn nice right now!
Really cool, in every sense of the word. We're you tempted to put your tongue on this to see if it would actually freeze? :) Take it easy.
Cheers from the warm desert skies,
macjake (60580) 2013-12-12 23:30
well, for someone who hasn't seen alot of snow...yeah..seeing and photographing icicles can be exciting :)
its amazing that we can actually see the snow crystalizing in the photo! thats pretty darn cool!!!
lets hope for less of a hazardous winter this time around eh!
from this winter freeze in late 2010...was there a baby boom in Sept 2011? haha
delpeoples (54659) 2013-12-13 2:14
I can't remember where I saw it recently, but someone had magnified a snowflake and take a great photo of it, the shapes were amazing. And I can see that here too, with the little shapes appearing on the edge of the icicle. They're like little fern fronds. It's almost abstract this photo, I like the colours a lot and how you managed that extraordinary light bouncing off the ice. Like fire and ice! Love it, top marks for originality, beauty and great execution.
Royaldevon (33007) 2013-12-13 3:50
Isn't is amazing how attractive such simple acts of Nature can become! What sort of a lens did you use for this shot?
I love how your narrow dof has isolated main icicle and given it star status against the useful, oof b/g.
Have a lovely w/e,
COSTANTINO (59261) 2013-12-13 4:30
At last A Christmas shot
original version welldone
and wellseen in an original
way almost artistic
magnificent choice of lights
and wonderful background
have a nice weekend
worldcitizen (7485) 2013-12-14 9:08
I can certainly feel the cold air as I view this photo. The details on the icicle in focus are amazing. I was looking at it for a while. The ice has such intricate shapes, and I like the way the sun is hitting it. Very good job with the composition; the progression from left to right with the sun and blurred icicles is lovely. It's a very artistic representation of winter.
adores (40354) 2013-12-20 17:07
Beautiful winter shot! I just love the great details of the ice you captured! Good shot, with very nice colours!
siudzi (34131) 2013-12-21 10:32
An interesting winter presentation taken at the right moment to achieve such a fantastic palette of intensive colors. Charming visual effect captured due to the perfectly executed DOF, exposure and saturation. Well done!
Indrasish (2893) 2013-12-21 21:35
Wonderful shot here.. I like the excellent composition with the in the bg.. Excellent macro.. Superb image quality and nice warm colors too.. And thanks for your interesting notes again.. Very well done my friend.. This one goes to my favorites..
Good morning and best wishes from Kolkata..
Miguel82 (26528) 2014-08-25 9:34
Ice stalagmites created by the ice melted and then frozen again Noel, clever inclusion of the sun in the bg, sharp snap, regards