Light is Everything!

Ice Castles

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We made it up to Edmonton for their amazing winter Ice Castles event. It was really a cool event, except that it wasn’t cool. It was melting! Ridiculously warm temperatures were reducing the ice castles to slush condos! Despite the melting mayhem, it was still a very, very great event to take in. We focused our time mainly on the castles. Periodic releases of fireworks added to the ice and lights quite nicely, as did the fire dancers. Very slick!

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I used this venue to really try out my new 24mm 1.8G lens.  I shot it alone on the Nikon Df. What a combo! Really fast glass with great high ISO performance on the Df made for a great all round experience. The wide open performance of the lens is tremendous and even better when stopped down a smidgeon to f/2 or 2.2.

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But it was very challenging conditions. You had the lights illuminating the ice castles from within which was cool but then total darkness. So there was mucho dynamic range difference. If you could have shot from a tripod and maybe layered the images you could really do well with the venue. But I was shooting hand held. I threw in an old SB-600 small flash to use occasionally too but more often than not just shooting the ambient was more desirable.

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The ice castles are a must see event! Be sure to check them out. Click here for more info. Take a look at a few extra pics! 😎

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5 responses

  1. Pingback: Ice Castles – Passionate About Music

  2. Incredibly beautiful shots- what an experience!

    February 23, 2017 at 11:04 pm

  3. Nikon Df France

    You still have your Nikon Df? great! I just bought one two days ago…3 years after the release :-D…after I went to fuji…I’m so glad to have it close to my FM2 that I re-use theses days. Waiting for my nikkor 28mm 2.8 AIS soon. Thank you for all your post.

    March 10, 2017 at 12:53 am

    • Enjoy your Df! I’ve got the 28mm AIS and it’s a great lens combo for the Df!

      March 20, 2017 at 8:25 am

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