Ice Fishing

D3S 4536

So today after work, I rushed out to take advantage of the dwindling light. I had it in my head to grab some pictures of the guys that always were out ice fishing on the frozen lake. Though, when I got out there, everyone had left for the evening.

...Wait, someone was pulling in behind me! Little white truck and all, a little old Japanese man clambered out of the truck and started talking to me. Of course I didn’t know exactly what he was saying, but I nodded and smiled and made nice nice. It turned out that he was going out to check his lines for the evening. I got to tag along for the hike.

Nothing too exciting happened after that, he went and checked his lines and I went a-photoing. All along the ice there were trails.. guessing they were made by people who knew a lot more about the safest routes than I did, I stayed to them. 

The above image was taken with the 85mm at f/1.4 for 1/1000 sec at ISO 4000. Looking back, I could’ve dropped the ISO down a little more, and waited a little bit for the sky to balance out a bit more. As you can see, I was dealing with a bit of blown highlights in the sky whenever I tried to adjust to the foreground.

Just a nice classic rule-of-thirds shot. In the foreground, an ice tent, with the sky as a nice backdrop.

No cropping as I like the proportions of this, and one tie-down is fully displayed, so we don’t miss the left one too much. Ultimately, its not too nice an image, but I’m still acquainting myself with the D3s, and overall it leaves me with a nice feeling.

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