“This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; …”
― John Muir
The first part of my visit to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge last Tuesday (2/2/16) was about as foggy as I’ve ever seen. So much so that I was happy to follow a large truck along SR 46 on the way over – better than feeling my way through the low visibility on my own.
For some reason, I’d taken a macro lens with me and I was happy to use it on the following image:
One of my on-line friends (Dorothy) asked me on Flickr how I got the reflections in the dew drops. They were really a gift from nature. I could see lots of dew covered webs from the car, and I watched for one where I could frame the drops standing out against a clear background. When I found this particular one, I had to figure out how to best image them. One part of it was making sure the sensor plane was as close to parallel with the lines of drops as possible. I stopped down to f/8 for increased depth of field. Then I focused on the front string and made a high-speed sequence while I rocked slowly forward. This captured about 17 frames with different parts of the scene in focus. Back at my computer, I picked 5 of the frames and made a focus stack to get as much as possible in sharp focus. The last steps were to do some selective contrast / sharpening on just the drops. I like the way it turned out.
As I explored further on Blackpoint Wildlife Drive, I saw something for the first time – a fogbow:
Fogbow and birds in the misty morning marsh. This is a two frame panorama (and exposure bracket) that I blended manually in Photoshop. See this post for an explanation of my technique.
Fogbows are mostly colorless because the water drops in fog are so small that diffraction smears the colors. Physics in action!
Eventually, the fog cleared and I was able to get some good light on a few birds.
I’ll leave you with another John Muir quote:
“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir
That perfectly expresses my feelings after I got home last Tuesday.
Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. Now – go ‘walk with nature’ and make some photos!
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