Wim Hof – Iceman


©Henny Boogert

Photograph by Henny Boogert, redbubble.com/people/boogert
Location: Holland
Date: January 8, 2009

Camera: Canon EOS 5D
Focal Length: 16mm
Aperature: f/7.1
ISO: 200
Exposure: 1/200 sec

Note: Henny Boogert snapped this photo of Wim Hof taking it easy after a swim under the ice. Wim Hof is a Guinness World Record holder of ice endurance. He has stayed submerged in ice for as long as an 1hr and 44mins. He says that he can manage his body’s “thermostat” by using his brain. He once climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in his shorts in two days, then back down in another two days.

I love the expression on Wim Hof’s face in this photo. The ice pick behind him and the ice chunks tell the story that Hof went out into the middle of this pond and hacked at the ice to create this hole. The snowy trees in the background fading into the snowy fog really shows off the cold atmosphere. Really nice moment to capture!

Tip: By using an (exposure) setting of 1/200 of a second, ensures that the subject will be in sharp focus, while still allowing enough light in to properly expose the photo. Henny didn’t need to increase his exposure setting much higher because his subject wasn’t in action. If he wanted to capture the dive into the hole, he may of used a setting of 1/400 or 1/800 of a second to properly freeze the frame.

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