Today brought us the coldest day in a very long time, a brutal -8 degrees when I awoke this morning. While eating breakfast I noticed an especially beautiful frost formation on the window overlooking the table. I instantly knew I would have to attempt to capture the intricate beauty of this mini ice forest in a photograph. But how?
Standing in the frigid cold, I first attempted to shoot from outside the window with little or no success. Since I was photographing a window, I also captured everything inside that window, notably, my kitchen. Not exactly what I had in mind. Shooting from the inside out gave me similar results except for the background which was now my deck. The solution was to provide a solid colored backdrop.
I draped a large piece of cardboard with black fabric and placed it against the outside of the window. Success. Using a macro lens and no flash, I then placed my lens against the inside of the window and shot at least 20 photos from many angles. After uploading them, I was very pleasantly surprised with the results. There was a certain amount of interior reflection on the window which I had tried to control with little success. However, those reflections added so much to the photos. The sun/moon image is, in fact, the reflection of a light some 15 feet away from the window. It made the perfect moon glow for my icy forest.
By closely observing my surroundings, I am constantly amazed by the wonders of nature. There is so much beauty to see if we take the time to really look. What an artist Mother Nature is! Click on the image below to see for yourself.