Monday, September 30, 2013
There, it's now 8:10 and I'm fading fast, like a certain Amanita I've been posting lately.
This morning I set out before sunrise to search for photos of dew or frost, whichever Mother Nature provided. It was too warm for frost, but there was lots of dew. When I approached my target spot, just outside Midtown Coffee, I could barely see the bright flowers blooming, but it occurred to me that with flash I could bring out the colors and the dew and get the background to disappear in blackness as if I were in a studio setting. I usually don't do that sort of thing because I prefer flowers in their natural setting. In this case, the natural setting wasn't very attractive, so why not black? I don't know what the above flower is, but it is definitely impressive. What's hiding in the blackness is an ugly sidewalk punctuated by a few cigarette butts.
"We are rained and snowed on with gems. What a world we live in! Where are the jewelers' shops? There is nothing handsomer than a snowflake and a dewdrop ... in truth they are a product of enthusiasm, the children of an ecstasy, finished with the artist's utmost skill."