Monday, January 4, 2010

Icicles



Back in the days of colour slide film I wouldn't have bothered with a picture like this - it would have been too expensive, needing dozens of shots to catch a drip just leaving the end of an icicle, and even then I wouldn't know if I'd been successful until the film came back from the processors. But that's the wonder of digital: take as many as you need and ditch the duds (about 30, in this case). The falling drop hasn't quite become spherical yet and it's interesting to note the much tinier droplet following it down (double-click image for a clearer view).

9 comments:

  1. Lol, yes I remember handing my films in to be processed (in the old days) and anticipating how they would turn out. :) I LOVE my digital camera. It's an inexpensive Olympus that I got for the purpose of photographing items in detail for eBay...... an added bonus is that it produces quite nice images from the garden too. :) The downside is that it also shows every line, bag and wrinkle in portraits!

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  2. Thanks David,in the day since I took the photo the icicle has grown steadily larger..

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  3. Hi Lesley, The biggest problem that I've found with digital photography is that I need to be more ruthless with all the images I take and just store... they're filling up my hard disk with frightening speed!

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  4. I think the great thing about digital Phil, is it allows for a lot more creativity. Like you say, just delete the ones that don't quite work, and no expense. And instant results; another great benefit.

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  5. And the other joy, Keith, is that it's so easy to share your results and interests with fellow enthusiasts..........

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  6. Patience and persistence were well rewarded there Phil. A great photo. I know what you mean about the thousands of photos filling hard drives - even more so with video clips.

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  7. We've just realised that our kids have never seen decent icicles (and the eldest is 15!)let alone enjoyed the pleasure of breaking one off and sucking it on the way to school. Even though this cold spell has lasted a while there are still not as many to be seen on gutters as I recall from my childhood. Not sure why that should be...

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  8. Hi Allan,might be something to do with better insulated lofts? There are some deadly-looking ones hanging from gutters in Crook, maybe a metre long.... wouldn't like to be underneath when they fall...but they're piffling compared with this one http://www.thedales.org.uk/DalesWinters#giganticicicleaskrigg1820

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