Blue ice at the Straits of Mackinac!


7 Years ago today, Todd and Brad were shooting the blue ice at the Straits of Mackinac! During 2012, Todd and Brad traveled throughout Michigan, every Tuesday, showcasing the beauty of our Great State. Below is a video of their Tuesday of shooting for Week 8. The images of the blue ice and captions are also included. Enjoy!!

February 21, 2012


“Pileup at the Bridge” — Todd Reed

It looks like the world’s largest bulldozer has been at work in the Straits of Mackinac, pushing thousands of tons of ice into mountainous piles near Mackinac Bridge. Actually, forces of nature—wind, waves, and the expansion of ice—teamed up to break the ice, drive it ashore and stack the broken sheets.

F22 at 1/30, ISO 100, 80-20mm lens at 92mm


“Through the Straits” — Brad Reed

I had seen extremely blue ice on television and in other people’s photographs, but I had never witnessed it myself. For Week 8 of “Tuesdays with Todd and Brad Reed,” my dad and I drove four hours north to photograph the Mackinac Straits area. As we drove down a steep hill and got our first look at the straits, we knew we had hit the jackpot. In front of us were miles and miles of massive piles of neon blue ice.

F22 at 1/160, ISO 400, 18-50mm lens at 44mm


“Ice Man” — Todd Reed

After careful risk assessment, my son Brad has worked his way to the top of one of the tallest mounds of ice piled high in the Straits of Mackinac. He is determined to make a close-up image of one of the nature-made ice sculptures with the Mackinac Bridge as the backdrop. Knowing from my many years of ice rescue training in the Coast Guard that “no ice is safe ice,” I am standing by with an assortment of ice rescue gear to assist if necessary.

F9 at 1/250, ISO 100, 80-200mm lens at 200mm


“Blue Straits” — Brad Reed

It took me over an hour of walking, crawling, praying, and sweating to make my way out on these jagged, slippery ice mounds in the Straits of Mackinac. I had seen the large chunk of ice that is on the left side of this composition from shore and I was determined to make it out to that point in order to line it up with the Mackinac Bridge in the background. It was totally worth the effort and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

F22 at 1/160, ISO 400, 18-50mm lens at 18mm