|Snowbird at Lake Monona
by Robert Bethune
I call this image Snowbird at Lake Monona after the ice yacht that serves as the subject of the image--a well-known example of the kind of craft that the first people to build iceboats on the Great Lakes designed and constructed. Her woodwork and fittings are really wonderful pieces of craftsmanship, lovingly restored by her owners. There are just a few of these big boats left, and several of them gathered to let the old ladies strut their stuff on the ice on Lake Monona.
I wanted to give this image a stately, regal feel, so I built up the colors while smoothing the surfaces and establishing the contrast between the blurred background, expressive of the speed these grand yachts can attain, and the relatively clear boat itself in all her glory.
This detail shows that there is a lot of abstraction going on even in what seems like a relatively photographic image. The crew, the fittings, and the yacht itself are reduced to areas of color, while the richness of the color and the feel of solid mass holds firm.
Freshwater Seas Photography
Freshwater Seas Home