Al's Photography Blog

Al's Photography Blog
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Monday, February 7, 2011

Breckenridge Snow Sculptures

Last weekend while we were in Keystone, nearby Breckenridge was having its snow sculpture competition. We made it there on Saturday evening and I took a few photos with my fast lens - these are all handheld shots. The textures and details in these short-lived artworks were very impressive. First up is a closeup of a section of Team Mexico's first-place winning sculpture, "Alebrije."
Here's a dungeon-like detail from a different sculpture that was lit from within.
Another sculpture was elegantly curved.
And finally, my personal favorite was the Medusa. Especially with the lighting, she was very eerie - don't look her in the eye!
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25 comments:

  1. These are all awesome. I like Medusa best also.

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  2. Hmm.. Cool shot!! Nice lighting...
    I like Alebrije, he's cruel. :)

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  3. These are fantastic! And what terrific shots, Al! Thanks for taking us along! Hope you have a great week!

    Sylvia

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  4. Wow, these are great! Love the third shot...so artistic looking.

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  5. Ice sculptures are always interesting,but back lighting makes them more so. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  6. Fabulous photos! I like how the sculptures were lit. I like the icicle hanging from Alebrije's mouth!

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  7. The lighting gives them marvellous substance and enhances the concept. Nice shooting Al.

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  8. beautiful shots, so wonderfully composed. i love the last capture best too.

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  9. Oh my.. such gorgous ice sculptures!! =) And the colors of them!! I love all of them! Just fantastic!! =)
    Medusa.. I had once a perfyme called Medusa.. ^^

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  10. Wow these are wonderful and the lighting looks great.

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  11. que bellas, se ven hermosas con esos colores.
    besitoss

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  12. Everything is fantastic! You're right about the eerie Medusa, and whatever an alebrije is, I just love that drool detail made of an icicle!

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  13. What gorgeous sculptures! They are simply beautiful and very detail.

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  14. Hi - really like the fact that you do very little "off camera" messing about.

    I really dont like it when your forst reaction to a picture is "I wonder how he (she) did that in photoshop" - yours are splendid!

    Cheers

    Stewart M

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  15. Medusa is still cold as ice ;-)
    Great shots!

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  16. Cool shots! (literally!) and I like how the lighting colors the ice!

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  17. Not only the sculptures are amazing, but also the photos are fantastic! My favourite is #3.

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  18. Several years ago I was in Brekenridge during the snow sculpture competition. Your picture are wonderful, but I know what being there in person, you are in awe at the sculptures.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  19. I love them, I like the fact they put fiber-optic lights in them. Thanks for sharing:)

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  20. The lighting really adds a new dimension to ice sculptures. I have to admit, I like Alebrije's drool! :)

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  21. Incredible. Can they always be sure of getting the right conditions for the competition, or does the date move around each year to catch the moment when the snow's just right?

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  22. Love the snow sculptures--would love to be in Colorado--such an awesome place. Mickie

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  23. Team Alebrije is the winner for me though all of the participants created them very well.

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