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Each February,some of the world's top ice climbers come to the small town of Pont-Rouge for the Festiglace competitions to demonstrate the exhilaration of their sport.
Held along a beautiful canyon section of the Jacques Cartier river,the climbers and spectators are in awe with the raw beauty of these ice formations which hang precariously on the face of tall cliffs.
Unfortunately for photograghers,there was a blinding blizzard yesterday which made for difficult conditions to work in.Furthermore the absence of sun didn't help in finding contrasts.
There was one section of the wall however that I found quite eye pleasing with the strong aqua blue colouring in the ice.You can see in the top right side how different it is when the ice is stained with the runoff from the slate stone.
This is the second year in a row that we have been without sun for this event...but I am never really disappointed with what there is to see as these climbers face their personal challenges of making it to the top of their chosen destination.
I increased contrast by 15% and sharpened.
I have a photo from last year's competition which you can find by clicking HERE

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