Of the various landscapes and structures that we can find in nature, ice caves are one of the most interesting and fascinating. Unlike other easily accessible sites, ice caves are less frequently visited by travelers. This is one of the reasons why many of us find it so alluring. Photographer Tristan Todd took the following image of an ice cave in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Canada and it’s an excellent example of how beautiful they can be:
This image is a blend of three exposures. He took the base shot focusing on the ice in the midground and the background. With the second shot, he recovered the highlight details from the bright openings of the cave. For the third shot, he focused on the ice in the foreground. He shot each of these exposures at 19mm, f/13, and ISO 100 with a 1-second base exposure shot.
If someone doesn’t pay close attention to the image, then could easily confuse it with an image of a surf barrel. The uniform blue color tone and the bright openings make them appear very similar. And thanks to the focus stacking that Todd has done in this image, we can clearly see the fine details of the ice. It looks really slippery and cold in there.
Doesn’t this image give you the chills? Would you dare to spend time in a place like this? Let us know in the comments.
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