Happy Easter!

Easter is here and spring is in the air, so I set out to take some new and interesting flower photographs. This was sparked by a speaking engagement I had on the 21st at the Coldwater and District Horticultural Society. I talked a lot about macro photography, and everyone seemed to enjoy it. Here’s my latest shot:

Reflections in water droplets are akin to snowflakes. With the right angle and attention, they contain incredibly unseen beauty. However, we almost never notice. This is one of the reasons why I love my camera – it shows me more of the world than I can see with my own eyes:

This is the pollen from a Gerbera Daisy (also known as: African Daisy, Transvaal Daisy, and Barberton Daisy). Each grain of pollen on average measures about 70 microns long – 0.07 mm. For reference, an onion cell is about 350 microns, and a human egg is about 130 microns. This is the stuff that makes you sneeze if you have allergies. I find this type of photography fascinating.

Reflections in droplets of water can reveal the world behind it, the yellow flower is extremely close (2 inches away) in order to fill up the reflection. You have to look at just the right angle, like this:

You’ll notice clearing in the above image that the flower in the reflection is upside down. You see the same phenomenon when you look into a spoon, and our eyes actually do the same thing. Everyone sees the world upside down, and our brains flip the world right-side up for us.

Some spring-time photos and some science mixed in – Happy Easter everyone!

Checking out the waterfalls

I’ve been planning a waterfall outing with the Barrie Photo Club, scheduled for tomorrow. As part of my preparations, I scouted out the entire route through Grey County and Owen Sound yesterday. I needed to make sure that everything was accessible and that the directions were accurate – thankfully everything was exactly as I expected it. I have been to these falls before, but still I took a photo at each one. All of these photos are processed at HDR (High Dynamic Range), and combine between three and four separate images. They have been heavily processed – let me know if you like the results!