Oneonta Ice Falls

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    This shot goes out to Zeb Andrews, the Oneonta ice pioneer! I was supposed to join him yesterday morning, but couldn't due to work conflicts and he couldn't make the Saturday morning run. Bummer!

    Shooting this location in the ice has been on my hit list for about 2 or 3 years now. I've done it in high water January back when I was shooting 4x5 film (Winter Runoff) but missed the chance to go during last year's massive snowstorm. This year was perfect though!

    I donned a pair of chest waders with a wetsuit underneath just in case I took a tumble. I also brought a non-photographer friend who was up for the adventure. (Thanks for joining, Kerry!) The hike in involved a lot of wading and falling/breaking through the ice, got up to waist deep in a lot of places.

    It's a blast of a trip, and my toes are still trying to thaw out.


    Canon 1Ds Mark III
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    3 exposure hand blend, one for shadow detail, one polarized and one unpolarized.

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    1. Zeb Andrews 64 months ago | reply

      Way to go Sheldon! Glad you made it up there, sorry our schedules couldn't agree, but there will be other cold snaps and other reasons to once again don the hip waders. ;-)

    2. victorvonsalza 64 months ago | reply

      Lovely comp. Glad you had a safe journey.

    3. Photography By Tris 64 months ago | reply

      what a beautiful shot

    4. Don Pyle 64 months ago | reply

      What an amazing trek this must have been. Beautiful image Sheldon

    5. Trevor Anderson 64 months ago | reply

      Engaging use of lines, Sheldon. Looks like a fairly chilly voyage.

    6. r.AI (-) 63 months ago | reply


    7. mm767cap 63 months ago | reply

      Beautiful comp and light.

    8. D Breezy - 63 months ago | reply

      awesome shot! this location looks amazing!

    9. little m:) 63 months ago | reply

      OUT OF CONTROL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! can't believe you did this!!!

    10. little m:) 63 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called eXtremePhotography, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    11. Mike Hornblade 63 months ago | reply

      Dang Sheldon you have been on a rampage lately! The good kind of rampage which yields nice results. The ice and moss are awesome.

    12. Arild Heitmann Photography 63 months ago | reply

      Amazing....Icefalls are so fascinating...

      Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)

    13. joshua carlsen 63 months ago | reply

      powerful on so many levels...the flow cutting through the ice is perfect.

      i can't believe that you even thought to go back there at this time of year...crazy is a word that comes to mind, but then again if i'd thought of it i just might have been crazy too.

    14. Justin Reznick 63 months ago | reply

      That's a sweet story Sheldon! I'm trying to picture you making your way through the ice, way cool! Wonderful "Y" you have in the comp!

    15. sharaff 63 months ago | reply

      mother nature shows a lot of beautiful things to us. if only we appreciate. this is beautiful.

    16. daniel-jones 62 months ago | reply

      this is awesome :]

    17. TJ Thorne 15 months ago | reply

      Miles just mentioned this shot in my most recent post of Oneonta in ice.. and I had to come check it out. Looks like you got some epic freeze here! I wanted to go further (never made it to the falls) but had to turn around because of a time crunch and other commitments. Cheers!

    18. Sheldon Nalos 15 months ago | reply

      Thanks TJ! It was crazy cold, but a fun time.

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