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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¶



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! ūüôā

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