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Raindrop mosaic

Deliberately out of focus, a mosaic of light is created by light glinting through raindrops in a dense boreal forest stand.

Bright morn­ing after rain

I’m slowly work­ing my way to a major update/revision of my gal­leries (which, I apol­o­gize, have not been updated in a long time), and part of that process is a ruth­less editing-down of my col­lec­tion to best show­case my favourite images. Unfor­tu­nately, that some­times means leav­ing out ones that I really like, and this image is an exam­ple of that. While it’s cur­rently in my “Sum­mer 2007″ gallery, and I like it at least as well as some of the ones that “made the cut”, it just didn’t fit with the other selec­tions. So, I decided to post in the jour­nal here instead, where hope­fully it can still be enjoyed all on it’s own.

I made this pho­to­graph between Rocky Moun­tain House and Nordegg, Alberta in early June 2007. It had rained heav­ily the night before, and the branches and lichens in this dense black spruce stand were drip­ping wet as the sun came up. Each drop acts like a tiny prism, catch­ing the light of the low sun. When the lens is de-focused as I did here, each spec­u­lar high­light becomes a glow­ing cir­cle of light, each with a slightly dif­fer­ent colour depend­ing on the angle. I know my blurry, out-of-focus work is not everyone’s cup of tea, but in this case I think it really made for an inter­est­ing image (I’ve included a “straight” shot of the same stand below for interest’s sake), and it’s also a great exam­ple of how the optics in a lens can cre­ate effects “in the field” that are unat­tain­able using post-processing soft­ware (i.e. Pho­to­shop). I’d love to hear your reac­tions to this image, just click below…

Bright morn­ing after rain – in focus

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