Today we are honored to have Warren Krupsaw as a contributor to our site and to showcase his amazing ice photography.
One-time student (and house guest) of Ansel Adams, landscape & detail nature photographer Warren Krupsaw (b.1942) earned his M.F.A. in photography under Harry Callahan at the Rhode Island School of Design (R.I.S.D.). He was also one of the first students in the graduate program at M.I.T. with Minor White at which time he photographed in Antarctica (1966) covering “Operation Deep Freeze.” His greatest influence has been the work and writing of Edward Weston with his concern: “to perceive more clearly than the eyes can see” and “to reveal the essence of the thing.”
See more of Warren’s work here.
Ice. In all it’s myriad forms is a natural for any nature photographer with access.
Living in Northern Virginia on a wooded mountainside for the last 33 years, we happen to have a stream nearby. When temperatures fall below 32 degrees for several days in a row, the stream begins to freeze, mainly along the edges; a small waterfall presents other possibilities, or I can check out the nearby Shenandoah River. In general however, my best subjects are the most local — starting with our deck (first image in showcase).
You know how it is: Be aware, use your critical eyeball, dress for the occasion (as many layers as necessary to be comfortable plus proper footwear), keep in mind the slower you go, the more you see, use proper technique (macro, f/smallest, “film” plane parallel to subject for edge-to-edge sharpness), know that different lighting produces different results (try to develop “an awareness of light”). And be damn careful: I fell recently bruising elbow & ankle and at age 68 it’s taking an inordinate amount of time to heal.
Make sure and check out Warren’s self published book – Portraits of Passion and Other Dalliances