What Is This?
I have displayed the above image as a 24×36 Dura Plaq print in my art fair booth.
It often drew comments or questions. More than once I was asked: “What is this?”
Raindrops On A Feather
This is one of my favorite macro photography images.
Following a evening rain, I walked the beach at Harrington Beach State Park in early June. Bordering Lake Michigan, small gems are periodically provided on its sand.
Walking into an area with many gull feathers, I came across this feather resting on the beach sand. It glistened in the morning sunshine.
Nature’s Magnifying Glass
As I studied this feather, I was captured by each individual raindrop.
Upon closer examination, the isolated raindrops were magnifying various micro sections of the feather.
The intricate details, too often simply overlooked, were now clearly on display.
I then realized the feather itself was almost translucent.
One can almost look through it to the beach sand.
Grains Of Beach Sand
After studying the raindrops and feather, I was visually directed to the grains of sand.
Do you notice the variety of color?
This mosaic wasn’t available at a standing elevation. The beach, at that height, was a light brown.
The Close-up View
The close-up view showed what existed that I would have otherwise simply walked past
File ID: PHP_IMG_13300
1Ds Mark III, Canon 180mm macro f/3.5 L USM
focal length 180mm
ISO 50, 1/8 second, f/25
spot metering, manual, Gitzo tripod, 2 second mirror lock-up delay
Harrington Beach State Park, Belgium, Wisconsin