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December Drops

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 14 December 2009 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

This shot was taken about 5 feet from yesterday's. These drops don't have the same jazzy reflections as did the ones on December 3 with the leaves being reflected. However, I like the way the drop on the right seems to be hanging on for dear life; we've all been there!

GRAIN (noise??) - A word about grain, which sometimes people think is noise. With both yesterday's and today's shots, no matter how much I cropped them down, they didn't have a speck of noise. (I double checked this.) However, with both shots, I wanted some grain. This was created in post-processing. Being a photographer who goes back to 1950, often a certain amount of grain is like putting on a pair of old slippers.

NIKON D700 1/160 second F/6.3 ISO 800 70 mm (35mm equiv.)

zahra from shiraz, Iran

very nice.great.

14 Dec 2009 5:06am

@zahra: Thank you.

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

December drops, or November drops , they are always great on your shots . I still remember those drops with red leaves reflected in them ...Great capture, Jack !

14 Dec 2009 5:09am

@MARIANA: Thanks, Mariana. The shot with leaves was a rare gift. It was only the drop on the right that caused me to post this one.

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

They make very cool lenses. Lovely shot.

14 Dec 2009 5:20am

@Michael Rawluk: Thanks, Michael. When I take pictures of drops, I always wonder what I will see reflected.

Yvonne Simons from Tilburg, Netherlands

Love it, very good!

14 Dec 2009 6:21am

@Yvonne Simons: Merci.

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

L'eau c'est la vie...une jolie photo mouillée

14 Dec 2009 6:39am

@Sof: Merci.

Irene from L C, France

Nice reflections in the drops . I like this composition.

14 Dec 2009 6:40am

@Irene: Merci.

PATRICK from miramas, France

juste 5 stars!!!
have a good day

14 Dec 2009 6:41am

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

Oh these berries and their reflective drops are sublime. I love this kind of macro !!!
The grain enhances the image, no question about that. Love it !!

14 Dec 2009 6:50am

@Dulcie: Thanks, Dulcie. I often take larger landscapes, but it is intimacy that grabs me.

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Exquisite capture of the tears of December!

14 Dec 2009 7:22am

@Japanalia: Thank you. I love your metaphor.

Toni from Eastern Washington, United States

We're just the opposite, Jack - you add grain and I take it away! Love this capture and those water drops are gorgeous.

14 Dec 2009 7:26am

@Toni: Thanks, Toni. I add grain for some shots. And remove noise from other shots. With the D700, I just don't get noise. With my D300, I start getting a little bit of noise in the shadows at ISO 800.

Oncho from Granada, Spain

Fantastica captura de las lagrimas del fruto, gran acercamiento

14 Dec 2009 7:36am

@Oncho: Gracias.

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Very nice water droplets and red berries.

14 Dec 2009 7:41am

@akarui: Thank you.

Anina from Auckland, New Zealand

Beautiful!!! I love it! Great colours - the background shows the deep red and drops off beautifully.

14 Dec 2009 8:28am

@Anina: Thanks.

Peggy M. from somewhere in, France

Fantastic ! I love this view of nature motionless for all eternity. Great !

14 Dec 2009 8:48am

@Peggy M.: Merci chere amie.

Linerberry from Christchurch, New Zealand

Isn't nature just wonderful!!! Beautiful capture!!

14 Dec 2009 8:51am

@Linerberry: Thanks.

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

wonderful shot.. like it.

14 Dec 2009 9:19am

@Sarito: Thank you.

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Wonderful still life and those water drops are the berrie on top!

14 Dec 2009 9:27am

@Monique: Thanks; cool comment.

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

It's like a painting. It's interesting for me.

14 Dec 2009 11:01am

@Hiro: Thank you.

MrsAmber from West Wickham, United Kingdom

I love these 'drop-shots'..they are so incredible and inspiring to the likes of me. Fabulous.

14 Dec 2009 11:15am

@MrsAmber: Thanks, Kate.

Mhélène from Paris, France

A strong and special composition ! Beautiful !

14 Dec 2009 11:15am

@Mhélène: Merci.

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Très beau plan serré avec cette goutte d'eau prête à tomber!

14 Dec 2009 11:42am

@mo.langel: Merci.

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Le genre de photo que j'aime faire quand le temps le permet. Il faut parvenir à être là avant que la goutte ne tombe et parfois il m'arrive de capter ces gouttes quand le gel les a saisies et qu'elles sont alors figées

14 Dec 2009 11:56am

@Marie LC: Merci. Capturing drops that are about to drop involves a certain amount of sheer luck.

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

That right hand droplet is stretching to its virtual limit ... just for you lens ... what a great shot!

14 Dec 2009 12:24pm

@Judy: The trick is to organize your luck!! Thanks for your kind words.

Barbara from Florida, United States

Superb image for the season. You always capture the true reds. In this I really like the details of the berries/crabapples with the texutre and moist skins.
Well composed. As for grain, in this type of image it adds to the image. Just like yesterday's.

14 Dec 2009 2:08pm

@Barbara: Thanks, Barb. They are berries about 1/2 in. in diameter.

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

sublime composition and color -- faaabulous details in those water drops!

14 Dec 2009 2:45pm

@dj.tigersprout: Thanks, dj.

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

great close up :)

14 Dec 2009 2:56pm

@Shahryar: Thank you.

Zora Zoé from Berlin, Germany

Congratulations for such a wonderful and outstanding capture - a masterly work - I love it! :-))

14 Dec 2009 3:13pm

@Zora Zoé: Danke.

Garfield from Ancaster Ontario, Canada


14 Dec 2009 3:34pm

@Garfield: Thanks.

MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States


14 Dec 2009 3:41pm

@MontereyJohn: Thanks, John.

Bigezbear from New Orleans, United States

Whoa, that is lush, a beautiful composition.

14 Dec 2009 3:55pm

@Bigezbear: Thank you.

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Magnificent macro. Perfect drops of water! A wonder it is a pleasure to behold! Congratulations for this moment of visual pleasure!

14 Dec 2009 4:08pm

@Fonts: Gracias.

Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

Excellent details on drops.

14 Dec 2009 4:09pm

@Luca Bobbiesi: Thank you.

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

You can take the film away from the boy, but not the grain from the photographer...or something like that. Getting caught up this morning. best...jerry

14 Dec 2009 4:10pm

@ordinaryimages: Yep. Sort of like the boy out of the South but not the South out of the boy!!

lydia from Paris, France

A very beautiful picture , I like the drops and colors here .

14 Dec 2009 5:02pm

@lydia: Merci.

alex centrella from California, United States

wow u captured these drops perfect !

14 Dec 2009 5:17pm

@alex centrella: Thanks, Alex.

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Very good DOF and beautiful reflections in the two drops, I like very much.

14 Dec 2009 5:23pm

@Paco Díaz: Gracias.

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld, Germany

A great shot.truly !!

14 Dec 2009 5:32pm

@Anthony Morgan Lambert: Thank you.

Jose Antonio from Barcelona, Spain

El brillo y la nitidez de la gota a 800 iso son impresionantes.

14 Dec 2009 6:05pm

@Jose Antonio: Gracias. The D700 is an incredible camera for low light situations; it has the same sensor as the D3. And the 24-70mm is far and away the best lens that I own. The Canon 500D screw-on close-up filter does nothing to degrade the image.

dabbler from Minneapolis, United States

Lovely reflection in the drops - excellent DOF!

14 Dec 2009 6:24pm

@dabbler: Thank you.

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Yes, but it has some red berries nicely reflected. I like it!

14 Dec 2009 6:55pm

@Steve Rice: Thanks, Steve.

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Another fabulous crisp capture!

14 Dec 2009 6:55pm

@Curly: Thanks, Curly.

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

I was hoping to see you in the reflection Jack :)

14 Dec 2009 7:18pm

@Self-Indulgence: Discriminating drops!!

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

OOOOhh gorgeous

14 Dec 2009 7:29pm

@jamesy: Thanks.

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

the drops are so perfect! excellent job.

14 Dec 2009 7:31pm

@B.Held: Thanks.

LauraS from Chico, United States

Yes, Jack, full of life and its own entity, and holding on for dear life. Great capture.

14 Dec 2009 7:32pm

@LauraS: Thanks, Laura.

k@ from Paris, France

Pure delight. Colors & light. Super(b)

14 Dec 2009 7:42pm

@k@: Merci.

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Another great capture of these droplets that you make look so huge. I do like the "stretching" look the drop evokes. Great texture and detail as well.

14 Dec 2009 10:23pm

@Steven: Thanks, Steven.

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Nice shots.....and your "grain" works beautifully !!!

14 Dec 2009 10:42pm

@Susan: Thanks.

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

I love the grain in these! it gives an older feeling, that matches the last of the season's berries so well! I also LOVE the water drops with the reflections in them!

14 Dec 2009 10:44pm

@Tracy: Thanks, Tracy.

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

a nice drop capture with a wonderful reflection !!
friendships ,jack !

14 Dec 2009 11:36pm

@marc battault: Merci.

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Very nice. Yep, it's gonna' let go any second. ;-)

14 Dec 2009 11:48pm

Mirza Ahmad from Amsterdam, Netherlands

Nice capture Jack, is that a self portrait reflected in the drop?

14 Dec 2009 11:55pm

@Mirza Ahmad: Thanks. Don't think so on the self-portrait:))

Mary from PA, United States

A real beautiful image!!!

15 Dec 2009 1:14am

@Mary: Thanks, Mary.

Joan Felix from Jakarta, Indonesia

love the Red color make me hungry. wonderful picture...

15 Dec 2009 1:43am

@Joan Felix: Thank you.

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

superb! the framing, tones and detail are all spot on!

15 Dec 2009 9:36pm

SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of Mother Nature, United Kingdom

Beautifully captured Jack, the droplets are exquisite

16 Dec 2009 4:32am

bekkah from Pennsylvania, United States

a beautiful capture!

16 Dec 2009 12:14pm

manel from Girona, Spain

Efectivamente, la del día 3 es muy diferente a esta, sobretodo por el magnífico reflejo en las gotas de agua.
De todas maneras, a mi, ésta también me gusta mucho. En cuanto al grano/ruido, tienes razón. Los jóvenes fotógrafos que no han conocido el encanto del "grano de película antigua", tienden mucho a confundir ambos conceptos.
Cordiales saludos.

16 Dec 2009 6:20pm

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

gran imagen, me gusta los reflejos de la gota de agua! saludos!

16 Dec 2009 9:55pm

Ajay from Pune, India

Supremely beautiful drops, Jack.

18 Dec 2009 12:38am

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

excellent sel focus and bokeh - the lense effect of the drops magically catches my eye but the red of the berries and their angle I love best.

18 Dec 2009 12:12pm

@daniela scharnowski: Thank you.

Momo from Montpellier, France

more sweetness, and i'm with you one hundred and ten percent on the grain...i think you know that...

19 Dec 2009 11:54pm

@Momo: Thanks, and, Yep!