De-icing planes at YYC – revisited

De-icing planes at YYC - 2014 © Christopher Martin-070025

I originally published one photograph of the patterns of steam created by workers de-icing planes in January 2014, the day after I took the picture when I arrived in Arizona.  I processed the image quite minimally as I believe I was working off of an iPad and had limited time to work on the images.  Last year, a more true to life, and to my eye more pleasing, version was recognized in the CBRE Urban Photographer of the Year competition.  This version required some processing as RAW files are quite flat and high contrast images can require a bit of work to bring them out.

De-icing planes at YYC - 2014 © Christopher Martin-070525

For a recent competition I entered, I submitted a series of different images from the same time.  I liked the abstract quality of the steam created by the patterns and swirls, backlit by the just risen sun.  I wanted to share those here – with the break in the freezing temperatures this morning, I thought it was a nice reminder of just how cold winter can be in Alberta!

De-icing at YYC - 2014 © Christopher Martin-070825

De-icing at YYC - 2014 © Christopher Martin-072725

De-icing planes at YYC - 2014 © Christopher Martin-070725

De-icing at YYC - 2014 © Christopher Martin-071425


10 responses

  1. Interesting photo

    March 17, 2016 at 10:13 pm

  2. Very Amazing Photos, Good Job

    March 17, 2016 at 9:16 pm

  3. Wonderful pictures! (:

    January 14, 2016 at 12:30 pm

  4. Those are amazing pictures! Wonderful 🙂

    January 14, 2016 at 8:14 am

  5. i was perusing blogs and this image popped up. Great shot, almost can feel the heat 🙂

    January 13, 2016 at 10:47 am

  6. What a great shot.
    Love the minimal colours too.

    (please send snow & ice to Melbourne, Australia. It’s 41 degrees today (106F) and like a sauna when I poked my head outdoors a few minutes ago).

    January 12, 2016 at 10:03 pm

  7. Spectacular shots, Christopher. It’s a subject with which I’m not that familiar– I don’t love being on a plane that has to be de-iced! 🙂 but these shots are beautiful!

    January 12, 2016 at 6:27 pm

  8. These are the most unlikely freezing cold weather photos. I have to deconstruct what I’m seeing, not unlike translating a foreign language. And for that reason, they’re quite dazzling, as they require me to work at figuring out what I’m seeing. I don’t think I’d want the de-icer man’s job, though!

    January 12, 2016 at 4:48 pm

  9. Hey that’s pretty cool I have to admit myself.

    January 12, 2016 at 4:28 pm

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