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Ever wonder what it’s like to be so small you could drown in a single raindrop? 

"Minefield" (Bug on Backside of Monkshood Leaf) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro, F/8, 1/160s, ISO 320, Built-in i-TTL Balanced Fill Flash

The rain is insane

it hurts my brain

“Aquaman” (Raindrops on Glass) Nikon D300, 200mm, F/13, 1/80s, +0.3EV, ISO 640, Built-in Rear Curtain Flash, -2.0EV, Color Efex Pro Bi-color Gradient Filter

I could complain

but it would be in vain.

Sigh. 😦



With all the recent rain, most pond levels are higher than normal, attracting more than their fair share of water birds including the local seagulls who are usually found congregating along the coastal shoreline.  

It was nice to get a chance to observe the gulls away from the pounding of ocean waves. And to me, they seemed more relaxed in this serene, fresh water environment.

Seeing Double

“Seeing Double” (Seagull with Reflection) Nikon D300, 340mm (80-200mm w/1.4x teleconverter), F/16, 1/400s, -0.7EV, ISO 400

I was able to get pretty close to the group and was delighted to see this very colorful gull enjoying a leisurely swim. With only a slight breeze to ruffle the surface, the bird’s bright colors were beautifully reflected in the dark water.  

A perfect cap to a really lovely day! 🙂

I’ve gotten into the habit of taking a camera with me, even on a simple errand to the grocery store. While sitting in my Jeep in the driveway afterwards, bracing myself for the onslaught of wind and driving rain I would once again be stepping out into, I snapped a few photos of the raindrops dancing on my windshield. (I was also listening to one of my favorite songs on the radio). 🙂 

“Nuclear Rain” (Raindrops on Windshield) Nikon D300, 200mm, F/13, 1/20s, -1.0EV, ISO 640, Built-in Rear Curtain Flash, -2.0EV

Since I was just playing around, I seriously doubted I was capturing anything noteworthy and, truth be told, completely forgot about them until looking through the memory card this morning.

The curvature of the glass seems to give the drops a 3D effect, more so than if they were on a standard flat window pane. The background plays a nice role here as well – the red color is the hood of my Jeep and the vertical stripes are from slats in the fence beyond. 

Just goes to show you that sometimes photographing the (seemingly) ordinary can yield surprising results! 🙂

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