January 2015

Kennebec River Trees at Minus 19 Degrees, Solon, Maine

Kennebec River Trees at Minus 19 Degrees, Solon, Maine

In early January, Cam Held and I arrived at the Kennebec Bridge in Solon, Maine before sunrise to investigate conditions along the river at minus 19 degrees. Our interest was the possibility of photographing river smoke in that area, where the water never seems to freeze. The open water results from a combination of rapid flow and relative depth. In the morning, before the sun is high in the sky, super cold air causes warmer air at the water surface to condense forming “River Smoke”.  Articulated by the depth of the smoke, trees along the bank provide sculptural layers reaching to the river edge.

Nikon D800E w/28 – 70mm lens at focal length 65 mm, ISO 500, 11, 1/400 sec, UV filter, spot metering, hand held