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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 )

"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!¬†

While most decidous trees lose their leaves in the fall, White Oaks wait until spring, singing their rustling song as I walk beneath them…

"Winter Parchment" (White Oak Leaves in Winter) Nikon D300, 70mm, F/8, 1/250s, -0.3EV, ISO 200


"Glacé" (Icicle on Rhododendron Leaves) Nikon D300, 105mm, F/5.6, 1/30s, -1.0EV, ISO 640

“Glac√©” (Icicle on Rhododendron Leaves) Nikon D300, 105mm, F/5.6, 1/30s, -1.0EV, ISO 640

If bicycles are called bikes, why aren’t icicles called ikes?

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