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Trapped In Abraham Lake

Trapped In Abraham Lake

This is Abraham Lake, on the North Saskatchewan River in western Alberta, Canada. The lake is filled with patches of bubbles -- evidently methane released by plants growing in the river -- that have been trapped over time as the river slowly turns to ice each winter. The patterns are fascinating, and provide a wonderful foreground for photography, particularly where the ice is clear and free of snow. Speaking of which, not long after I arrived and captured this image, it began to snow. By morning the bubbles were buried under nearly a foot of the white stuff, bringing the photographic portion of the trip to a halt. To obtain sharp focus from front to back in this near-far composition, I took seven shots, each focused at a different distance, and then seamlessly combined the sharpest parts of each using Helicon Focus software.

1/3s f/16.0 at 28.0mm iso50 full exif

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Ken Zaret03-Apr-2013 00:33
True to the f/64 ethic! wonderful composition and tones
Terje Hamnes26-Feb-2013 17:13
Awesome find! Love that line to the right. V
tinkerb23-Feb-2013 20:47
Absolutely fantastic one of my favourite photos of year so far, well seen and brilliantly captured.V
J Ponces19-Feb-2013 06:52
Fantastic, the ice patterns!
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