I knew that ice walls existed in the canyon of Ste-Anne River in Parc naturel régional de Portneuf, 45 minutes from home. However, I needed two things to make the photo I imagined: an ice wall large enough where I could walk behind the ice, and a blue sky to color the ice true transparency. Once arrived, after having made photographs of ice walls from the river side, I found one I could likely be able to walk behind it. It was slippery with water running on an inclined icy rock floor. Thanks to my boot spikes, I made it very slowly with my tripod, camera and backpack. The place was less than 1,50 meter high and I was barely able to walk with all my equipment. I prepared my camera before entering behind the wall : my widest lens (14mm), a maximum depth of field (f/16) and my lowest ISO (64) for the best dynamic range. I carried my camera on my tripod without extending the legs. I made a few pictures from under the ice wall although it was very uncomfortable. This photo conveys the best the wonders I saw as well as the tininess of the place. On the other hand, if one has no clue about my story, it may look much larger. The arch made by the rock wall, the shape of the opened "door" and the color of the ice that reminds me of stained glass led me to entitle this photograph "The Cathedral".
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