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Tue Jan 8, 2013, 04:43 AM

Ice carving

The annual "Crystal Gallery of Ice" competition was held this weekend. I want to post more pictures tomorrow when I have time, but here a couple.

I loved this pagoda. It was very difficult to capture how truly phenomenal this carving is.



Here I am, chillin'. You very seldom see me in front of the camera, so relish this while you can.


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Blue_In_AK Jan 2013 OP
JohnnyRingo Jan 2013 #1
Blue_In_AK Jan 2013 #3
JohnnyRingo Jan 2013 #7
Blue_In_AK Jan 2013 #2
Callalily Jan 2013 #4
CurtEastPoint Jan 2013 #5
Solly Mack Jan 2013 #6
Blue_In_AK Jan 2013 #10
alfredo Jan 2013 #8
Blue_In_AK Jan 2013 #9
alfredo Jan 2013 #12
ManiacJoe Jan 2013 #11
Blue_In_AK Jan 2013 #13
lulzharry Jan 2013 #14
Fridays Child Jan 2013 #15

Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 04:57 AM

1. Pretty cool (pun).

I've never tried, but I'll bet it's tough to get details on such a translucent subject. I have no idea how anyone made that complex spire on the pagoda. I see a heat lamp. That seems like ice sculpture vandalism to me.

You take a nice picture. I would have had a "hurry it up" look on my face if I were sitting there.

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Response to JohnnyRingo (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 05:22 AM

3. I don't think it was a heat lamp,

I think it was just for color. I'm sure the sculptures look really beautiful at night with the colored lights behind them. I'll probably try to make a night visit before they melt away. It's been pretty cold, so they should last a while.

You're right, it was very hard to get the details. Some of the carvings were almost supernatural considering what a fragile medium ice is. The tiniest little details and with such imagination. These really are works of art.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 11:53 AM

7. Fill flash

...held a few feet to the side of the lens and fired remotely could bring out details in the ice and add dimension, even in daylight. I don't know for sure, but it may be worth an experiment.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 05:15 AM

2. One more before bedtime.

It's 1:15 in the morning, and I'm still playing on the computer.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 06:38 AM

4. These are truly amazing!

I can't imagine creating such beauty out of ice - very talented artists!

And nice to put a face to a name! Hope you were wearing long underwear!

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 07:35 AM

5. Nice! You made me Google it and I found this gallery of photos in ADN.

These are just beautiful, as are your photos!

http://www.adn.com/2013/01/06/2744229/2013-crystal-gallery-of-ice.html

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 09:43 AM

6. Incredible works!

The second sculpture is so life-like!

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #6)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 02:26 PM

10. :)

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 12:06 PM

8. I want to see more carvings!

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Response to alfredo (Reply #8)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 02:25 PM

9. I'll get some more posted today.

I have some pretty decent shots, I just need to edit them a little.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Reply #9)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 04:15 PM

12. Thanks.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 03:21 PM

11. Ice sculptures are difficult to photograph well.

Good job.

I grabbed some snapshots a few years ago when I was visiting my sister in Fairbanks. I need to go find those....

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Response to ManiacJoe (Reply #11)

Tue Jan 8, 2013, 05:27 PM

13. That's a great competition they have up there in Fairbanks.

Much larger than this one. We've been up there two or three times in the past, but it's been a while. Driving to Fairbanks in the winter can be an adventure.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 03:59 PM

14. +1 for ice scultping!

Registered just to give a big +1 to ice carving (aka ice sculpting) festivals. If you ever get a chance to see one, GO! What these artists do is truly out of this universe. The BBC just ran an article about carving today, but click through to the Q&A with master carver Dawson List; he's not only an elite carver but also an exceptionally funny writer.
Little known fact: the huge blocks of ice they use for the Alaskan championship actually have to be harvested from a real pond; they can't be created in a freezer, because they need to be perfectly clear

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Response to lulzharry (Reply #14)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 12:24 AM

15. Welcome!

And thanks for the links.

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