As photographers we sometimes don’t respect the color white. We may forget a subject’s details and sacrifice it for brightness. There is black and gray, brown and red, and a myriad of cremes and hues without names and description. Touch those hues, caress them, truly look at them and see them. Take a deep breath, slow down, and feel them when you breathe and when you press the shutter and when you edit. But most of all, when it comes to the color white, respect it, because if you don’t, it will make a fool of you everytime.

- Adam Bykowski

The many ice formations resulted from water dripping over a frozen waterfall in Ottawa Canyon in Starved Rock State Park in Illinois.


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  • Barbara  Brown
    Barbara Brownover 4 years ago

    Very cool! (No pun intended)

  • I think the photo came out pretty cool too (pun intended HA HA).

    – Adam Bykowski

  • Kevin Skinner
    Kevin Skinnerover 4 years ago

    Wow! What strange formations – looks polystyrene or something. Nice shot!

  • It does look polystyrene doesn’t it. That’s a great comment. Thanks for the appreciation.

    – Adam Bykowski

  • Lozzar Flowers & Art
    Lozzar Flowers...over 4 years ago

    Yes, I just tried to photograph a very large black and white drawing. I think I need some more equipment!!

    Beautiful abstract image by the way.

  • Yeah, when you have something like a point and shoot, it does not give you the control you need. Light and dark contrasty subjects are very difficult and challenging. Thanks for stopping by.

    – Adam Bykowski

  • Akkra
    Akkraover 4 years ago

    Lovely shapes and textures Adam. I want to try and avoid saying that this looks cool… but it’s so difficult not to! Good advice in the description – nicely put too. Wish I’d known all that before I took my ‘big blob of white snow’ picture hahaha!

  • I should combine your suggestions and Kevin’s and give this the title, “Cool Polystyrene”. LOL

    – Adam Bykowski

  • KatsEye
    KatsEyeover 4 years ago

    Another amazing capture. Love the different shades of white and the diferent textures. Amazing Adam!

  • Someone has to be amazing around here. HA HA HO HO HO! You know I’m joking. I’m just not that full of myself.

    – Adam Bykowski

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanover 4 years ago

    oh Adam!!!!!! What an extraordinary find … and so marvelously captured!!!!!! I love everything you had to say about “white” I try to do that too. YOU certainly have it mastered!!!!!!

  • For anyone to tell me I have mastered something is an extremely fantstic compliment. Thank you for that. You’r alright in my book Lois.

    – Adam Bykowski

  • Akkra
    Akkraover 4 years ago


  • ShotsOfLove
    ShotsOfLoveabout 4 years ago

    My favourite colour:- ) A Lovely capture of this amazing formation and texture.
    Your words here add to the feeling I get throughout your Wonderful portfolio Adam…a peaceful calm and a beautiful appreciation of nature

  • You nailed it on how I feel about nature on most of my images. Thank you so much on so many, many comments. You must be exhausted typing your fingers away like that HA HA.

    – Adam Bykowski

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