Reflecting on Refractions or How I Meet Myself At The Door

I’ve been cogitating, incubating, hatching, scrambling, meditating, and kicking my muse in the arse over his lack of inspiration. As all good researchers do these days I turned to Google for inspiration material.  All sources pointed to three necessary ways to create fractures. Water for submerging, or containers or vessels of water, colored paper, and flashlights. Macro photography of wee droplets of glycerine holding an exact copy of the image it sits near, actual or Photoshopped. One clever fellow used a terrific setup consisting of complex placement of objects, colored photo gels, and removing the lens from his camera. He obviously doesn’t live with a dog and three cats.

I was getting tired of ways to reflect refractions and still coming up short. I wanted to try the droplets, but alas, no flowers and no glycerine. I also felt, damn, it was nice the first time I saw it, but frankly, it doesn’t spin my squirrel cage anymore. I still wondered if I could capture detail in a REAL droplet.

Day three dawned with a hard freeze and heavy fog. Perfect weather for refractions. I waited two hours for the sun to pop through, hit the frost edges in my prairie, and pop those sparks into mind-blowing highlights. I drank a cup of coffee and linked to the computer channel, waiting for Operation Migration, and the Whooping Crane chicks to finally leave Marquette County. Their Ultralight went up and came down, cancelled, too choppy, big sigh. I may love this county, but I can’t imagine their crew hanging here for two weeks.

I drank another cup of coffee, lollygagged through Facebook, looked out the window and the frost had melted without the sun coming through! Well burn my butt, that idea trickled down the hill with the rest of the morning dew. I risked madness anyway, heck, I’m already a full bubble off – grabbed my camera and went out to try to find some drops still clinging to the leaves. I say, I got soggy jammy pants laying on my stomach trying to capture light through frost still clinging to my ground-cover evergreens. Some nice photos of leaves in the wet grass and dew drops, more bokeh than refraction.

Day four, did I tell you there was a challenge in this challenge? Today it rained! It poured! Had the light and opportunity presented itself I might of had a chance to get some photos shot through a rain-slopped windshield. I had my pocket camera set up to shoot video of my horse today. She decide to inspect the camera. Got great footage of the camera rolling off the pallet and bouncing across the sand before landing lens down. Of course, it was the type with the shutter on the outside. Always hated that shutter.

Lucky me, I still have my DSLR. I was getting soaked when I got home, but I wrapped my real camera in a plastic bag and went out back looking for the puny fairy droplets that cling to trees. I finally found a few with real refractions. I’m sure to shame myself among the gifted photographers that actually do macro photography. One day, I will catch a BIG refraction, after reflecting long and hard on how it’s accomplished. Late October in Wisconsin is not a very good time for refractions. I figure I’ve done enough reflecting on this subject for now. I’m off to ponder another subject, a good days rest. Thanks for stopping by.

Weekly Photo Challenge/Refractions


11 thoughts on “Reflecting on Refractions or How I Meet Myself At The Door

    1. I had to pat my own back this week for exceeding my level of patience on setups, teardowns, and replacing everything to where I had originally stashed and forgotten them! Think I’d better stay outside and play with the camera – less manual arrangement needed. Thanks for the encouragement on my ‘wee’ contributions to refractions! 🙂

  1. I appreciate the time you invested in this challenge. Moments of steep learning curve, experimentation with the newly-acquired facts, and persistence make for some of the best time spent in a project or hobby!
    Love the photos!

    1. Thanks, Jane. You said what I would have replied! This took the most patience I’ve ever given to a project that didn’t pay me. I may be learning some life lessons through blogging. This was my 50th post – since I didn’t think I get past the 5th without quitting, I’m totally surprised. I did lay it aside early this year, thinking I’d never return. The blogging community is generous and I am grateful to belong. See you again. 🙂

  2. I think your photos are lovely and those with the little raindrops are very delicate. Lots to crow about. Funny story, too. I wish my lack of inspiration was as inspiring as yours!

    1. Thanks, Maria
      I’m glad I finally got some time to stop by and check out some more of your amazing equine photos. After such a lovely long warm autumn, winter is coming on. The horses don’t seem to care, but I hate the switch into the bulky, awkward winter clothing. Time to start waddling while walking! Keep the photos coming. 🙂

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