TruexCullins: Ice Shanty Project

I recently had the opportunity to photograph the Ice Shanty project on display at the Shelburne Museum. Having already photographed the ice shanties in the day time, the goal this time was to capture the essence of the TruexCullins shanty as it would look during dusk in its natural habitat.

Since Mother Nature has been all but cooperative this winter, the ice shanties were forced to remain on the grassy lawn at the Shelburne Museum. Luckily, I had photographed the frozen lake earlier in the winter, and simply needed to do some creative photoshopping to be able to illustrate how the shanty would appear during a dusk ice fishing session out on the lake. 

With assistance from Josh Chafe of TruexCullins, one of the four designers of the structure, we were able to capture some great images. Seeing the shanty lit up during the evening was even more impressive than during the day. The warm glow being emitted from the ice shanty, keeping its would-be inhabitants warm, while the calm, cold light disappeared from the horizon of the Champlain Valley left you with a feeling of serenity. 

The Ice Ark at dusk. No signs of winter here on the lawn of the Shelburne Museum.

The Ice Ark at dusk. No signs of winter here on the lawn of the Shelburne Museum.

The Ice Ark Photoshopped into its natural environment.

The Ice Ark Photoshopped into its natural environment.

The Ice Ark standing proud on the grounds of the Shelburne Museum.

The Ice Ark standing proud on the grounds of the Shelburne Museum.

Same view of the Ice Ark, but as it would appear out on the lake at dusk.

Same view of the Ice Ark, but as it would appear out on the lake at dusk.

Interior: The holes for the paracord which held up the walls of the Ice Ark allowed dappled light to pour in. 

Interior: The holes for the paracord which held up the walls of the Ice Ark allowed dappled light to pour in. 

Behind The Scenes:

Josh making sure the modified tripod was safe from the 30mph winds.

Josh making sure the modified tripod was safe from the 30mph winds.

Lighting the face of the shanty to add in Photoshop later.

Lighting the face of the shanty to add in Photoshop later.

Creation of the final composite image of the Ice Ark, as it would appear during a winter's night on Lake Champlain.

Creation of the final composite image of the Ice Ark, as it would appear during a winter's night on Lake Champlain.