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Flowerpot or Alien? You Decide!

I had some free time while Rich watched the Super Bowl.  As much as I’ve tried to learn to like sports, it just hasn’t worked.  So I’m afraid the Super Bowl was accentuated with my squeals of joy as I executed a photographic vision in my macro “studio.”

Dianthus Water Droplet Refraction. My mom says this reminds her of an alien!

Dianthus Water Droplet Refraction. My mom says this reminds her of an alien!

This was the picture I envisioned.  I positioned three tiny water droplets on the stamens of a dianthus flower.  I then positioned another flower behind the water droplets so that the image of the second flower would be refracted in the droplets.  It was a tiny setup – the dianthus flower is only a couple of centimeters wide.  I shot this without flash, and it’s a combination of about 10 images stacked using Helicon Focus.

Then I turned the camera vertical and realized that the rest of the flower was also very photogenic.  It reminded me of a flowerpot!  You can see the background flower creating the pink background of the image.

Dianthus Water Droplet Refraction. My mom says this reminds her of an alien!

Dianthus Water Droplet Refraction.  It reminds me of a flowerpot.

If you’re curious, here’s the setup that I used for these images.  I held the flowers using third hand tools.  They make it easy to get the flowers at just the right height and angle.

Dianthus Water Droplet Setup

Dianthus Water Droplet Setup

2 Responses to "Flowerpot or Alien? You Decide!"

  • Wally Jones
    Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 2:04 PM

    Definitely alien. At least, having that much patience would be alien to me! But I certainly envy your results! Spectacular!

    • Jess Yarnell
      Friday, May 19, 2017 - 10:43 AM

      Thanks Wally. You certainly have patience with our feathered friends! The advantage of this kind of macro is that your subject doesn’t move. ;-)

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