Ice Jewel

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III__EF50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro__1/2000 sec at f / 2.5

Last weekend, after we had an icy storm that knocked our power out, I made this macro photo.  I had never noticed an “ice drop” of water like this before.  Amazing patterns.

This drop was on a young oak tree in my yard, and struggled to compose since I had to stand on a retaining wall, shooting hand held with no place to set up a tripod.  Fortunately, I caught a few sharp ones.  Next time, I will try some with a slightly smaller aperture which would have given better sharpness in the ice patterns at this extreme shallow DOF.

Enjoy,

Bill

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4 Responses to “Ice Jewel”

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  2. Bob Towery says:

    And then every once in a while you come across something unique. Wonderful capture of something special. Well done!

  3. Hi Mark,

    Thanks. Cool to see your ice drops too. I’ve never photographed this before!

    Bill

  4. Mark says:

    Bill,
    I am jealous. I have been waiting for conditions like this to form again for the past two years or so. These are so cool to find, but seem to need just the right conditions to get the crystals.

    I encountered similar drops and wrote about them here:
    http://grafphoto.com/wordpress/2007/01/13/hunting-for-frozen-raindrops/