Ice Crystal Fern

Posted by
Laurie (New Jersey, United States) on 25 January 2009 in Abstract & Conceptual and Portfolio.

This was shot a week ago on January 16 on what was probably the coldest day I can actually remember. I found this tiny ice crystal on my back window and thought it looked a little like a fern. It was no more than one inch across its entire length and this crop is only a very small fraction of that.

The clarity would have been better if I had been able to shoot it from outside. It was on the outside of the window and I thought about braving the brutally cold temps (for about a nano-second) to get a cleaner shot from outside, but since I would have needed a ladder and wouldn't have been able to use my tripod I knew that would have been futile. So I decided to shoot it through the (double paned) glass.

I did use a macro but decided to do this close crop because when I looked at the zoomed in view of it in Lightroom I liked the way it filled the frame. This was also converted to black and white because there were some little color gradients that I found slightly distracting.

NIKON D700 1/320 second F/8.0 ISO 500 60 mm

Coming back to AM3 after a long hiatus. I hope to be more active in the coming months.

1/320 second
ISO 500
60 mm