From Icy Piers to Icy Waterfalls

Winter is a tough season for me. I don’t do any winter sports so I find that when the snow arrives and the cold is almost unbearable I just want to snuggle up in front of the television, ignore what’s happening outside and hope that summer arrives soon. Problem is that it can be one of the prettiest seasons to photograph. So that means I have to put on layers of clothes, get into the chilly car with all my gear, get to the place I want to photograph and trudge through some rough weather. “It must be done” I keep telling myself and in the end it was worth it.

Pier

Pier

I love photographing at the piers in Grimsby but especially so in winter. The ice that builds up creates even more texture and interest. I kept things simple by processing these photos as a monotone.

Snow Capped Piers

Snow Capped Piers

Dave Hook came out with me this morning  and we had a blast photographing at the piers. We did have one more stop in mind though – the Erb Grist Mill, located in Waterloo. This replica of the 1816 mill was built in 1998 and stands overlooking a small cascade.

MIll and Waterfall

MIll and Waterfall

One of the tough things about shooting this mill is that you are in the centre of town so you have to contend with traffic, modern buildings and overhead wires. It takes some patience and maybe a little post processing to deal with these but the effort can be worthwhile. Overall a great day shooting even with the cold weather.

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