Abstract Ice Photography by Mike Cable

We are happy to have another collection to show you from a past contributor, Mike Cable.

Mike is a multi award winning and published photographer. His photography offers a new way of looking at the marvelous details we encounter in daily life. Restlessly seeking the unusual in the usual, Cable’s carefully composed shots feature common objects reframed and revisited. Plunging into each object with a freshly born vigor, Cable is concerned with the photograph as a residue of a unique experiential encounter.

Abstract marks and scrawls, patterns, systems and maps emerge from familiar artificial and organic matter. Rust, plant life, paint and architectonic abstractions in dynamic hues reveal their own unique symbology and magnify the subtle play of light and shadow illuminating quotidian opticality to the fullest.

Enter Mike

Living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland usually means fairly mild winters and not much ice. With the recent Polar Vortex extending Southward and a hard freeze, I finally had my opportunity to photograph some. My next challenge was where do I start looking. We are surrounded by water here and you could go crazy just trying to find a spot. I limited my searches to drainage ditches since most of the water is shallow and freezes quickly.

After an hour or so of searching I happened upon on what I thought was something interesting and unique. Because ice lacks a huge tonal range in most cases you’ll need to find something unique looking in order for it to stand out. You have to really pay attention to detail when ice hunting, that is the key to success. Don’t overlook anything, when in doubt have a look at it up close with your camera.

One of the best tools I own is a dedicated macro tripod, for me it is a must. It allows me to photograph from directly above the ice or most any other angle, giving me the perfect perspective. Of course a dedicated macro lens should be a part of your gear, but don’t let not having one stop you from going out. Not every ice formation will require one, my 14-42mm kit lens was used for these photographs. Lastly, when you find a great ice formation be sure to shoot it from several different positions if possible. Sometimes just a slight change in perspective can make the difference between a winner or a loser. I hope this helps, now get out there and take advantage of the cold weather.

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Born in 1965 in Plattsburgh, NY, Mike Cable currently lives and works on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. His interest in abstraction harkens back to the formative period he spent growing up in the vast wilderness of the Adirondacks. He has received considerable attention for his land and seascape work as well.