Oneonta Ice Falls

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.




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3 exposure hand blend, one for shadow detail, one polarized and one unpolarized.

  • Zeb Andrews 5y

    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. ;-)
  • Victor von Salza 5y

    Lovely comp. Glad you had a safe journey.
  • Tristram Lesslie 5y

    what a beautiful shot
  • Don Pyle 5y

    What an amazing trek this must have been. Beautiful image Sheldon
  • Trevor Anderson 5y

    Engaging use of lines, Sheldon. Looks like a fairly chilly voyage.
  • Rodrigo Alvarez-Icaza 5y

  • mm767cap 5y

    Beautiful comp and light.
  • David Thompson 5y

    awesome shot! this location looks amazing!
  • maryanne 5y

    OUT OF CONTROL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! can't believe you did this!!!
  • maryanne 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called eXtremePhotography, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Michael Bohlander 5y

    Dang Sheldon you have been on a rampage lately! The good kind of rampage which yields nice results. The ice and moss are awesome.
  • Arild Heitmann 5y

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

    Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)
  • Joshua Carlsen 5y

    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.
  • Justin Reznick 5y

    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!
  • Greg Lief 5y

    Well done!
  • sharaff 5y

    mother nature shows a lot of beautiful things to us. if only we appreciate. this is beautiful.
  • Daniel Jones 5y

    this is awesome :]
  • Ramsey Photography :D 5y

    lovely nice shot
  • TJ Thorne 1y

    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!
  • Sheldon Nalos 1y

    Thanks TJ! It was crazy cold, but a fun time.
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Taken on December 12, 2009
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