This seems such a simple photograph at the inception but there are so many things to write about.
Science: Surface Tension on a freshly waxed surface with pure Wyotana rain water (rare these days). The water droplets without the tendency for hydrogen bonds and dipolar interactions would be all connected in a thin sheet. Instead they take random dome shapes due to the nature of the atomic alignments of water molecules. It’s all about physics and chemistry at the basic level.
Photography: Boy is this a classic example of “Depth of field” of focus. Note the droplets in the middle of the photo are in perfect focus. The droplets in the foreground along with the ones in the background, are OUT of focus. This of course adds to the sense of perspective of Close to Far. A photographer can control how deep/thick that “zone” is by going to the dreaded manual mode. F-stop mostly controls the depth of focus which varies highly within different lenses. Using any telephoto for macros like this gives you this blurry effect at this range (about 3 inches from the center). The focus zone is maybe 3 inches thick in this particular macro.
Art: I don’t do a lot of photography for ARTS sake but I consider this as artsy as I’m going to get this week. I saw the texture and was instantly enthused. The perspective ability of this Sony/Zeiss 90mm macro lens blows me away routinely lolol. I would strongly recommend the platform (Sony Alpha).
Oddball images from my work flow across my desktop occasionally. I consider this as rather artsy object oriented photography. I don’t do a lot of these but light is where it is. To coin a classic opening to quite a few classics…. “It was a foggy morning”. Really foggy and the sun was just breaking through from above. Clear(er) blue sky surrounded by golden hour light projecting on the fog… So every spider web, thread and spun silk object had trapped a droplet or two during the night. Pointing the camera right at the sun with only the fog and the Barbed wire to filter out the excessive light, this was the result.
It’s certainly abstract in it’s form but it’s function remains intact if not softened by the gentleness of the water droplet. The microscopic world we usually fail to notice is there regardless of our attention to the detail. Humans are such generalists as a whole. Some look a little closer at times when schedule permits.
Macro lenses just focus REALLY close to things. Most don’t actually magnify. Most are 1X, though you can buy up to a 5X. You need a LOT of light to do any of this well. I was about 3 inches from the droplets. This wire is inches from an adjacent hot electric fence wire….. Hazardous duty certainly. I’ve been shocked many times by electric fences but never through a camera. That would have to be good for the electronics therein. 😜
Talk about complex/busy 📸 Anyone see the little “crab” formed by nature?
I see an amazing amount of order within this chaos. There is an inherent depth to this capture. I was standing on my Black Ford’s Winch Bumper to angle straight down on it’s hood . This JUST as the sun was rising. I watched shaft of sun came through the trees lighting up the hood. After I tripped over my jaw I grabbed a macro lens from the front seat of aforementioned portable photographic studio. (my truck). I had just carried the 25 pound “Box o cameras” outside to populate my passenger seat with. I was on the way out a little late that morning. Sometimes I think one is late for some reason in your timeline.
Sequence of events for your minds eye:
The previous night the hood warm from the engine, melted some ice into drops. Those drops FLASH FROZE in the 15 degree air. Next a dusting of well formed snow flakes dusted the surface of the highly reflective waxed black paint under the flakes. Then frost began to grown into 1/4 inch feathers. As the golden rays of the bright unfettered sun hit them, the golden sheen was unmistakable. I didn’t notice the blue flakes in the eyepiece for some reason in my mind but the camera sure saw them. I think it was the fact I was balancing on that bumper lip 3 feet off the ground looking through a tube. What could go wrong😜.
I’ll allow blue snow into my images when it is against a reflective black background lolol. (Inside Joke).