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Reflection in Blue

“Reflection in Blue” (Seagull & Reflection) Nikon D300, 550mm (200-400mm w/1.4x teleconverter) F/14, 1/400s, -0.3EV, ISO 500

Today’s focus was about reflections and nothin’ better than low-tide in mid-afternoon light to find some nice ones. 

And, yes, I nearly froze my fingers off to get this shot… 

Man, what I suffer for art’s sake! 🙂 

(By the by, dontcha just love the pink legs??)

Proof our day started off sunny

"Flex Your Mussel" (Sunlit Mussel Shell in Stream) Nikon D300, 105mm, F/9, 1/60s, ISO 640

It didn’t last. 😦

Totally inspired by Amber’s images of water splashes, I vowed I would give this a shot when it rained. Well, boy is it raining today! We have a veritable monsoon happening out there – really, really horrible weather all around. 

I tried shooting water drops outside, but rain is inconsistent and the wind was gusting something fierce. Not easily dissuaded, I set up my own thing inside. Nothing special really – just a sheet pan laid across the kitchen sink (to raise the level of the drops up to my lens level) with a black dinner plate on top (I wanted a dark background) and faucet turned to a medium drip. Camera set on tripod, Manual shooting mode, SB-900 flash with a FL-G1 colored gel filter and white balance set to Cool White Flourescent. 

The toughest thing I found was getting manual focus set correctly to capture tack sharp drops and splashes. Need to work on that as I lost alot of interesting images due to things being ‘out of focus’ – arrrrgh! In any event, I prevailed and I am more than thrilled with the results I achieved today! 

Here are my favorite three shots: 

"Roulette" (Single Water Drop) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro, F/5, 1/125s, -0.7EV, ISO 640, SB900 w/FL-G1 Colored Gel Filter, i-TTL Flash, -0.3EV

"Rosette" (Explosion of Water Drops) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro, F/13, 1/320s, -0.7EV, ISO 640, SB900 w/FL-G1 Colored Gel Filter, i-TTL Flash

"Royalette" (Water Crown) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro, F/13, 1/320s, -0.7EV, ISO 640, SB900 w/FL-G1 Colored Gel Filter, i-TTL Flash

It was so cool to witness the erratic way water reacts to striking a surface and how each image is sooooo different from each other. I highly recommend giving this a try yourself! 🙂

"Variegata" (Dracaena marginata 'Tricolor' aka Rainbow Tree) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro, F/40, 15s, ISO 400

Last weekend, we bought some pretty cool-looking foliage plants to brighten the house during these less-than-colorful winter days. 

Dracaena marginata ‘Tricolor’ sports dramatic  spikes in stripes of green, cream and reddish-pink. Shot at close range, form and color take center stage – looking less now like a houseplant and more like abstract art. 

I can’t help but think this image might be a metaphor for how caged in I’ve felt these last few days.   

However, I’m sure life behind real bars is not nearly this colorful! 

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