lichen drop 1

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I said I’d get the hang of using the 10X magnifying lens after my tiny frog shots showed only a tiny dot of sharp focus in the centre of the focal point. I also said I get a drop of water as clear as humanly possible and top ‘sno-globe’. Honestly, I thought I had it with the shot of the drop coming out of its own icy base, part of this same shoot. But I think I better captured what I was really hoping for with ‘lichen drop 1’. Please let me know what you think (as if you wouldn’t! LOL!) and if it’s not worthy of my patting myself on the back, I’ll pat harder & lower and try again. :-D

Taken at Cathy’s home in the forested area immediately beyond her back field (Penn Valley, CA), this photograph is of the tip of an oak tree with the moisture the night’s fog left behind. The lichen seem to thrive in the winter frost and dampness so the colours here are from very happy lichen the the tree branch. The camera was focused by physically moving my body and the camera into the point of focus within the drop. Between the slight breeze, my own breathing, my heartbeat, pressing the shutter release, and finally going with the timer but the shutter itself opening tossed the focus! Setting the tripod was an exercise in frustration because tightening any plane caused the composition to change. And the ultimate insult was having the shot completely set up and I bumped a neighbouring branch, causing the location I’d fought to shoot to bump into the lens and cream the drop. Arrrghhh!!!!

Finding a new location and this drop was like a dream – the worst nightmare possible. I was FREEZING but still wearing gloves, a ski jacket, a sweatshirt, AND a t-shirt. I could do everything with the gloves on but the camera could be less than 1mm off and everything sucked. In the end I got the shot without the tripod, without bracketing, without fighting the wind, my body, or the rest of the tree. I set the camera, pressed the button, and let it shoot until the buffer filled about 5 times, praying I’d get at least a couple good ones. Of about 50 shots only this one is in focus to this degree. Well, God gave me one so I’d better not complain about it, ya know? ;-)

The Naughty and the Nice
Nikon D80
NIkkor 18-55 “kit” lens
F-stop: 5.6
Exposure: 1/15
Focal length: 48mm
Metering mode: spot
full manual mode
creative settings: flat
January 3rd, 2009

And this piece was featured in: Macro Water Photographic Gallery with my deep gratitude! Thank you. :-)

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