23 Jan 15. The close up I'm sharing today is something a little different, in that it is taking in a bit more of the surroundings than I normally would, but without which the story would be incomplete. While the cherubs were practicing their version of fencing with icicles, I was contemplating how best to illustrate the result of millions of tiny splashes of water falling on a rock, beading up, and forming hundreds, if not thousands, of little beads of ice that together looked, in its own way, like the lens of a huge led light, or somewhat more obtusely, like the compound eye of an advance form of insect. The rock was near the base of a beautiful little waterfall and by little I mean perhaps 70 feet total in height from the very top of the hill to where it passed under the road via a culvert. Everything near this water fall had ice on it in one form or another, and I took many pictures of the differing formations, this being one of the more atypical ones I found there. If you are near an area with freely running water and get some reasonably cold weather, the kind that makes for frozen conditions, do venture out, with or without your camera, to see some really nice creations near the waters edge.
The base image was cropped some to limit what you can see, than adjusted to ensure I had the full dynamic range, and then I added my normal micro contrast adjustment. That was it. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 250; 1/300 sec @ f /10. Hope you enjoy, dave