Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Photo of the day: The world in a drop of water

This time of year, I always take my camera with me when I go on walks near my office in Mount Rainier National Park. This is why. On my way past the park's Community Building, I noticed these drops of water clinging to the bottom of a wayside sign. Wouldn't it be cool, I thought, if Mount Rainier were visible through the water drops! And sure enough... it is! I spent ten minutes experimenting with various shutter speeds, f-stops, and ISO ratings, each time snapping several photos to be sure I got the close focus right without too much camera shake. This was one of the last shots I took, a testiment to the value of being persistent and thorough when documenting something as transitory as a drop of water. By the time I went by the same spot this afternoon, these little capsules of light, each with its own little world perfectly captured within, were long gone.

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