The only good thing about waking up to an outside temperature of -10F this morning (besides being inside, of course) was that the garage windows were extra-frosty, giving me an opportunity to try re-photographing frost… but with the macro extension tubes this time. The resulting photos were OK. I liked the ones from a few weeks ago better. But in taking the shots, it occurred to me that the frost patterns looked a whole lot like the pattern from last week’s feather:
So I started thinking about other artifacts of nature with the same pattern. Leaves and needles, especially hemlock needles. Pine tree branches (at least those on the Christmas trees that I drew when I was a kid.) Others?
Other things in nature, though, seem to be completely random… while still similar. The splash from this goose’s pond landing (taken today at the Lab of Ornithology) is a lot like the snow sent flying by this sledder (taken last week at the Cornell Plantations):
It may just be that shooting for the challenge themes (“Macro”, “On the Move”) is what brings these comparisons to mind… but I’ll keep my eyes open.
I did learn one new trick – a big one – this week. I thought I knew about all of the Canon XS settings, but no! On the camera menu, under “Custom Functions”, there are a few features that are really good to know about – including options for High ISO Speed Noise Reduction (which I used for the goose shot) and Long Exposure Noise Reduction. There are several others that I don’t understand… yet.