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Something a little more fun from me today! ūüôā¬†¬†

While photographing¬†rain-soaked¬†hosta leaves, I was already¬†drawn to their wave-like form. So, when a small black¬†gnat decided to¬†do some surfing, well, it’s times like¬†this you simply cannot believe what you are seeing through the lens!

"Shooting the Tube" (Black Gnat Surfing on Wet Hosta Leaves) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro, F/8, 1/50s, ISO 640, Black & White with Blue Tint

Since the¬†foliage colors of this particular hosta¬†are a¬†variegation of¬†green, white and yellow – not¬†the hues that evoke a strong¬†feeling of the sea – I decided a color change was necessary to successfully convey¬†the ‘surfing gnat’¬†idea. So, the image was¬†first converted to¬†black & white and then tinted using blue. I also bumped up tonal contrast a bit¬†using Color Efex Pro.¬†¬†

Gnarly, dude! ūüôā


04/21/10 Update

Sean Kane requested a close up of the ‘surfing gnat’ so, here he is! ūüôā

"Hang Six" (Surfing Gnat Close-up)

¬†(If you listen really closely, you can hear ‘wheeeeeeeeee!’ ūüėČ )

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. ūüė¶



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 Рjust 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! ūüôā

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