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Ice Sculptures
Posted By: daacon, 01-27-2008, 10:23 AM

Well here they are. As mentioned in another thread I am not so happy with the way they turned out. Next year I will try the same at nighttime (all the sculptures have external lights shining on them for night viewing). There were not that many , but the detail in most of them were outstanding.

The Ice Maze (a favorite for the Kids)
Tamron 18-250, ISO 100, f6.7, 1/125, 18mm
[IMGWIDEleft]http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2113/2223553456_bf1b470df0_b.jpg[/IMGWIDEleft]

The Angel
Tamron 18-250, ISO 100, f5.6, 1/125, 18mm
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The Mosquito and Buggs
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[IMGWIDEleft]http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2026/2223554736_37f026e73e_b.jpg[/IMGWIDEleft]

And for my Aussie friends the Canadian Kangaroo
[IMGWIDEleft]http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2086/2222760355_150d8b0236_b.jpg[/IMGWIDEleft]
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QuoteOriginally posted by daacon Quote
And for my Aussie friends the Canadian Kangaroo
What is he doing with the right hand?
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Interesting! How do they make them? Are they carved out or made by pouring water into a form?

I saw something similar this Summer inside a glacier in Switzerland. At the time I assumed that the sculptures were handcarved, but I don't know.
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sculptures are nice.

are you adding on extra rooms for the inlaws

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Nice shots Dave. That must be the "ice on Whyte" I've been hearing about. Shooting ice like that must be a challenge..
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What is he doing with the right hand?
Scratching his nuts ....... that are in his pouch of course .....

QuoteOriginally posted by Ole Quote
Interesting! How do they make them? Are they carved out or made by pouring water into a form?

I saw something similar this Summer inside a glacier in Switzerland. At the time I assumed that the sculptures were handcarved, but I don't know.
The are carved out of blocks of ice. The ice I believe is imported from Vancouver in large blocks. Then usually a chainsaw is used to get the rough outline. After that it is hand chissels and grinders / sanders of shorts. The fine details are smaller chissles. It is interesting to watch them work.

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sculptures are nice.

are you adding on extra rooms for the inlaws
Haha is that in reference the ice castle one I posted if not I am confused which does not take much actually

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Nice shots Dave. That must be the "ice on Whyte" I've been hearing about. Shooting ice like that must be a challenge..
That is indeed where it was Scott 104st 85 Ave - there were suppose to burn them down later tonight but given today’s weather that may be canceled. I should have waited until night fall I think they would have turned out better.
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Nice shots Dave. Very impressive sculptures.
Great to see the 'roo included over there.

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These ice culptures are really wonderful.

They are located in the parks and no vandalism?
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Nice shots Dave. Very impressive sculptures.
Great to see the 'roo included over there.
Thanks Bruce the 'roo was quite large taller than me (I am 6'2")

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These ice culptures are really wonderful.

They are located in the parks and no vandalism?
Thanks James yes they are in open. The area is fenced off but the fence is only about 5 feet high. I am surprised there are no reports of vandalism - not sure if the area has a night guard or not cause you are right in a city with a greater population of close to 1 million people the odds are ....
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Cool stuff Dave. Now here's your chance to practice wireless flash shooting. Get a couple of coloured gels and put the flash behind or off to the side of the subject. You should be able to light them up in neat ways since the ice is so clear in these.

Of course it's easy for me to 'armchair' QB this since I don't have to freeze my fingers off for an hour. Charlottetown has something like this in a month. Looking forward to trying to shoot the "Jack Frost" event they have here.
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Hi Dave, nice pictures of a very difficult subject.

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Cool stuff Dave. Now here's your chance to practice wireless flash shooting. Get a couple of coloured gels and put the flash behind or off to the side of the subject. You should be able to light them up in neat ways since the ice is so clear in these.

Of course it's easy for me to 'armchair' QB this since I don't have to freeze my fingers off for an hour. Charlottetown has something like this in a month. Looking forward to trying to shoot the "Jack Frost" event they have here.
Thanks Peter , the ice is imported and made specifically for sculpting. I do have to get one of those wireless attachments for my 540 flash (do you know what it is I need ? I will have to google) - today is the last day and I have a ball meeting tonight and it is a freaking blizzard outside so will have to wait until next year perhaps. Good luck with yours !

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Hi Dave, nice pictures of a very difficult subject.
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Thanks Heinrich - ice in daylight is indeed difficult PP saved these shots somewhat but I still think the shots could have been better - or I should have gone at night.
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Nice series Dave. It would be interesting to see the effect at night as you say, but nice captures of a difficult subject as Heinrich said.

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Scratching his nuts ....... that are in his pouch of course .....
Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha...I really cracked up when I read this!

Great subjects for photography though, very cool.
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Nice shots Dave and some nice sculptures too. I used to do a fair bit of it back when I was a professional chef. The ice is made from boiled water and then tempered so it doesnt get too brittle. Ice carving is fun but it's also cold and wet! Not sure my hands would hold up so well now 15 years later. The chisels are mostly modified ice picks, sorta like forks with icepick tines. But as you said chainsaws and some grinder are used too. A Mototool is indesepensible for small detail. Just be careful to dry it out carefully afterwards!

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