Cindy Bilinsky  

Eben Ice Caves by Cindy Bilinsky

October 2021 - Eben Ice Caves

About the Image(s)

I used the Canon Mark IV with the Canon F24-70mm f2.8 lens. This image was shot at 2.3 sec with 6 bracketed shots and processed through Photomatix Pro 6. f14, ISO 200 and 24mm.

This image is of Eben's Ice Cave at Hiawatha National Forest and was taken March of this year . The is my second attempt at getting back there and it proved to be a challenging hike. We set out just before first light and it started snowing with predictions of about 5-6 inches. The first part of the hike is 1/2 mile across a farmer's open field with already about 4 inches of snow on the ground. Then you enter the Hiawatha National Forest that starts out on a winding hiking trail and then turns into some treacherous terrain with icy hills and crossing creeks. The hike in the forest is about another 3/4 of a mile; however, we hiked past the cave another 1/2 mile and we were busting through drifts that at times were knee high and all the way up to our waist. We finally found the caves which require pretty aggressive ice cleats as you have to climb up a steep ioy hill and drop down into the valley with the cave.

This shot was taken from inside the cave which has an ice floor and ice curtain coming down from what is a waterfall in the summer. The green color of the ice is from iron oxide leaching from the soil into the water and the light refracts the yellows of the iron oxide into green. Michigan's Upper Peninsula is known for its iron ore deposits.

2 comments posted

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
Any time you are able to present something out of the ordinary, something that people do not regularly see, you have an edge on your audience. This is something that few people will ever see live. There are plenty of lines that lead the viewer especially those coming from the right corner leading to the light spot in the ice curtain. The subtle and soft colors create a serene scene.

My only suggestion to to crop at least a third of the green curtain from the left side. There is so much of it that it becomes dominate and leaves the cave itself as an after thought. Reducing it retains the drama of the scene and allows the viewer to wander through the actual cave before seeking the entrance that is visually highlighted. The HDR processing worked quite nicely and it was a good idea to use it.

This is the best image you have shared thus far.   Posted: 10/16/2021 13:13:21

Michael Weatherford   Michael Weatherford
Hi Cindy, congratulations on getting a really nice image. Worth the effort! Great colors, textures and wonderful lines. You might try cropping about 10% off the top and left side to make the green a little less prominent and show the small stream in the right corner a little more. I like the texture of the rock wall and the streaks of brown that show up well.   Posted: 10/16/2021 13:35:18


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