Monday, February 4, 2008

Pancake ice, Beaufort Sea

The formation of ice called "pancake ice" develops during freeze up when circular ice conglomerations bang into each other creating little raised edges around their perimeter. The windy conditions blew all the ice towards shore creating an interesting pattern for a landscape. Photographing in heavy wind requires a strong and stable tripod, a piece of field equipment that proves itself essential over and over again.

Pancake ice form in the Beaufort Sea, Alaska.
Canon 1Ds Mark II, 16-35mm f2.8L, 1/40 sec @ f20, ISO 320

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