Friday, October 03, 2008

oh, the beautiful smallness

I am so inspired by this Nikon Photomicrography - and it's a contest, no less. I could easily wallpaper entire rooms with some of these lovely organic patterns.

And while I don't have the equipment necessary to get into this type of shutterbugging, the D-80 and I have been playing around a bit with distance and movement in recent months. In August, for instance, I was driving out to the prairie house when I looked up and spotted this Red-tailed hawk atop a windmill (at least I'm pretty sure it's a RTH - any birders want to correct me?). I high-tailed it home, grabbed the camera and drove back to the spot with my fingers crossed, trying to switch lenses while I steered around the potholes in the horrendous cinder road. Luckily, the hawk was still there, and I was back in time to get some shots of its perching and its flight.

Okay, so I don't expect National Geographic to start knocking on my door any time soon (other than to ask me to renew my subscription - lol), but in my defense I was working on the spur of the moment and without a tripod.


  1. Thanks for the lead for the small critters etc competition. The higher you get on the magnification the more amazing things get. When I was desperately trying to figure out how to back out as gracefully as possible from actually taking care of patients I remembered the beautiful pictures from pathology in my 2nd year of medical school. Capturing those images is not easy. You did well for no tripod. Don't you keep one with your gun for long shots? One trick I use is a really steady but long way off image which if you really held it steady you can blow up with digital tricks to make it look like you were ready to pluck those red tail feathers from that hawk. sorry for the length.

  2. Ken, how DO they capture those images? And are those colors real, or are they seriously "bumped up" via Photoshop, etc?

    Inquiring minds REALLY want to know.