I can’t get enough of this spectacular shot by Ontario-based photographer Michael H. Davies.
Davies and his friend Markus packed multiple thermoses filled with hot tea and threw it into air to get this incredible effect. It was shot amid temperatures near -40°C in Pangnirtung, Nunavut. At such frigid temperatures water freezes instantly to create a mist that frames the sunset.
Around 1pm I jumped on my skidoo along with my friend Markus and we drove 45 minutes to the top of a nearby mountain where the light (which is almost always pink near the solstice) would hit the hills. Prepared with multiple thermoses filled with tea, we began tossing the water and shooting. Nothing of this shot was to chance, I followed the temperature, watched for calm wind, and planned the shot and set it up. Even the sun in the middle of the spray was something I was hoping for, even though it’s impossible to control.
You can see more of Davies’ most recent photography on his Flickr account.