Fire and Ice Photo Tour 2010 – Marko Kulik

Marko Kulik who runs the popular photo blog came along on the Fire and Ice photo tour this year. Here are Marko’s six favorite images from the trip.


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Icy Sunrise at Preacher’s Point, Abraham Lake

The ice formations at Preacher’s Point were just awesome. I could have easily stayed there the entire day and the sunrise was also one of the best that we had. I spent a good part of the morning on my belly sliding on the ice looking for cool ice formations. Although the ice I laid on was solid, the lake was not totally frozen and I kept hearing ice cracking sounds which freaked me out quite a bit.


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Ice Cave at Beauty Creek, Jasper National Park, Alberta

I must have 20 shots of this ‘ice cave’. I kept moving closer and closer and closer until my footwear would not let me move any closer or my feet would have been soaked with ice-water. I was super-intrigued with the ice-forms to the right of the central rushing water as they seemed smoke-like to my eye.


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Waveform at Coleman Creek, Banff National Park, Alberta

I really dug Coleman Creek and had the 105mm Macro on for close up details. The great thing about the l05 (I have the Nikon version) is that it’s also a lovely portrait lens. When I spotted the interplay between the water and the ice here, I immediately focused a few feet in front of me. I thought of surfing as I captured this waveform.


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Junction, North Saskatchewan River, Banff National Park

The rushing water, the icicles, as well as the rock faces all caught my attention in this composition. I was also struck by the strong shapes and the interplay between them.


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Icy Tree Reflection at Waterfowl Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta

I was struck by the painterly feel of this reflected tree in the ice. The cracked ice and textures made for a nice canvas for the tree’s reflection.

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Ice Disks, Abraham Lake

This was a challenging shot to get because I cut my pinky finger on the ice maybe 5 minutes before taking this shot. I was bleeding a bit and tried to stop it with kleenex and it worked for a while. Every time I needed real dexterity though I moved the kleenex and it started up again. Anyway it healed up nicely. Sorry if I spoiled any macro compositions for anyone. Wait a sec the interplay of blood and ice – that might have been cool! I chose to convert this image to black and white because the natural colours of rocks in the background were interfering with the form of the ice disks I wanted to highlight.


14 Responses to “Fire and Ice Photo Tour 2010 – Marko Kulik”

  1. If your purpose is to tempt me (us?) to come and join you on one of these Fire & Ice tours, I think you’ve struck a chord. These are gorgeous images.

  2. Fran Gallogly Says:

    Wow! These shots are just gorgeous.


  4. Amazing shots. Thanks for the details about how you took each photo. The pain and suffering was worth it in the end.

  5. Great stuff Marko. You sure stuck to the “ice” theme and it is amazing to see the variety of conditions and subjects possible just with that one subject. Love it, especially the waterfall behind the ice taken at that very low angle. Enjoy your sorting and editing and hope to see you back.

  6. Absolutely stunning shots. They’re not making my frezzing feet feel any warmer, but stunning non-the-less!

  7. Big thank you for introducing Marko Kulik here all these images are real beauties and i find the ice cave outstanding. I’ve also spent a wonderful time on his blog.

    Thank’s again and sorry for my english 🙂

  8. Your images are awesome, Marko. I really like the artistic flare in your images. Well done!

  9. Thanks so much for the comments everyone – much appreciated! Thanks again to Darwin and Alan for a great photo-tour!

  10. Great photos Marko. I really like your image of the ice disks in Abraham Lake, and the black and white really works for it.

  11. Wow these are amazing shots Marko, beautiful 🙂

  12. Great stuff, Marko. That ice in 1 is awesome and the ice cave shot must look stunning in full size. My favorite, however, is 6, beautiful ice bubbles and as Dawn already said, b&w works just perfectly.

  13. Darren Barclay Says:

    Great shots Marko! I love the icy sunrise and the ice cave is wicked! However, the ice discs are totally killer- too sweet! I’m so hooked on damn Abraham ice bubbles from that trip.

    Oh, and thanks for not getting me hooked on Jolly Ranchers again!

  14. Sonia Wadsworth Says:

    Obviously, the secret is to get down low – super images Marko. Like everyone else, I love the ice disks. I gather you’re pleased with your new camera gear!

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