The Ice Castle

Linda and I headed up to the Ice Castle in Lincoln, NH with a couple of her friends this weekend. We've been curious about this for quite sometime, but never made the venture up. Knowing this would be all kinds of mixed light, I decided to bring along the Sony RX1R II rather than the film cameras. I have to say, it behaved like a champ. ISO ranged from 50 to 6400 throughout the day, and I more or less kept it at f/2.

The photos here start really light and bright - and turn to such dramatic colors by the bottom of this post. I think the transformation of the castle was my favorite thing to see - aside from the girls having such a blast!

New Hampshire Ice Castle

We got up there just before dusk so we could check out the lay of the land and try to catch the ice against the evening sky before the lights came on. The weather was perfect at about 32ºF at this time, and the ice walls really blocked most of the wind. So I set the Sony into basically point-n-shoot mode and had at it.

New Hampshire Ice Castle

We had about 45 minutes until dark, so I wandered as the girls set out checking out all the "cool" spots. This included them sledding through the ice tunnels (and the theme music from Harry Potter happened to be playing at the time, which was a nice touch).

New Hampshire Ice Castle
New Hampshire Ice Castles

With that, we got some hot chocolate - as the temp dropped into the lower 20's - and began exploring tunnels as the lights began to come on, giving the landscape a whole new dramatic look. If you get the chance to visit the castles - I highly recommend it. Just a really neat experience and fun to shoot!

New Hampshire Ice Castle - Hot Chocolate
New Hampshire Ice Castles
New Hampshire Ice Castles
New Hampshire Ice Castle - Fountain