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Strange and Beautiful?

Strange and Beautiful?
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Copyright: Karan Little (hester) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-10
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Canon 100mm 2.8 Macro
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-11 13:27
Viewed: 3505
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a bit of a strange image. I liked it but I wasn't sure if anyone else would. I thought I would post it anyway and see what everyone thinks.

The colours are absolutely natural. The only PP work done was a slight crop to remove some space along the bottom, resizing and light sharpening after resizing.

This picture is just an autumn leaf with a water droplet left by the melting frost.

I found some interesting information on Dew and Frost on www.ace.mmu.ac.uk:

"When air is cooled the amount of water vapour that it can hold decreases. At the dew point temperature, air is saturated. A further fall in temperature will result in condensation of excess water vapour in the form of water droplets. On the ground this is known as dew.

When air close to the ground cools at night through a loss of radiation the temperature often falls below the dew point temperature and dew may form. Dew forms most easily over grass because the thin layer of air next to it is always moist due to water transpiration by the grass blades. Wind sometimes limits or prevents the formation of dew because the cooling surface air is readily mixed with air above it. The wind also increases the rate of evaporation, precluding the formation of water droplets.

When dew freezes it is known as frost. If the dew point temperature is below freezing, any condensation of water vapour takes place directly as ice crystals known as hoarfrost"

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Hello Karan.
Very interesting shot. Very well composed. I think your idea is really unusual. I like it. I'll tray to take a photo like yours, as soon as possible. I like the reflection on water drop. Bravo and TFS

Hi Karan,
A very artistic view on the dead leaf. The water drop is beautifully captured and the reflection of the blue sky agains the dark BG is great. I do have a few small nits. A smaller aperture would be better to get the tip of the leaf in focus as well. There are two small spider web wires (or how do you call them) that I would clone away.
But the twinkels of the sun are awesome.

Hi Karan, original and beautiful photo, very strange, wonderful effect and colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Karan,
I love these kind of shots! And you did it well. Moreover, you have an interesting note with your image too.
It's a bit noisy, so I've tried to remove it. I hope I did the right thing.

Tfs, best wishes,

I had to open your photo just to see what it was..interesting photo for sure..great macro catching that water pooling waiting to drop off the frozen leaf. The sparkling light on it does make it quite pretty. TFS
Donna :o)

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-11 16:15]

Hi Karan,
I think your notes are a very good physics explanation of dew and frost phenomenon. But my opinion about the photo comes from a professional point of view, rather than a "neutral" one. I like a lot phase changes, dwe in the morming... and all the emotional constructions about it. I find your photo -noise excluded- a very aesthetic one by its reflection, refraction and shape. I adore droplets in grass blades, do you?
TFS, José M.
PS. Can you explain frost over cars?

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-12 3:35]

Hello Karan,
Unusual and wonderful capture.Well seen and composed.POV,colors,3D effect and composition are wonderful.Excellent work!

Hi Karan,
Upside down, dome shape of this water droplet creates an interesting reflections [of trees and blue sky]. Very neat image for ISO 400. Well focused, great DoF. I like this shallow DoF, limits sharp area only on the water droplets and blurrs all of its surrounding.
Superb shot.

Ben Lakitan

Hola Karan,
Bella y artística imagen, con la nota muy amena. Saludos

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-12 12:49]

Hi Karan.
I welcome your nice poetic work, its perfect lighting, lovely colours and creative subject. Perfect details and sharpness of the drop. Unusual colour tones of the BG harmonize with the leaf excellently. My compliments and regards.

It is good to post photos for the othe members, but I think it is very good to post also photos that you like, not taking into account what other people might think about it, I enjoy myself doing it.
In fact, I find the reflections and the magnification effects on this drop interesting, and the composition very nice.
I agree with Tairi about the noise reduction needed.
Regards, Felipe.

Karen, without your mention I would not have picked out the leave... The waterdrop is interesting as it appears to hame a film over it. I have seen that before and think it originates from decaying information.

On objects that are hard to ID, what do you think of


Hi Karan,

I did. I like this kind of photography very much. Very artistic. The mirror-effect on the freezing layer. Perfect. Your object is so simple, but oh so beautiful. Magnificent lightfal. Beautiful colors. In one word --A PEACEFUL -- compo. And a very handsome and interesting notes. Greetings and TFS BOB

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