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Water playing a different role

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The water you saw yesterday was in a pond and served only as an indistinct background made blue by the clear sky overhead. In contrast, the water I photographed when I looked straight down on September 17 was at the edge of a creek that had flowed strong from three days of rain but was already drying out. Its shallow stillness allowed thousands of tiny bubbles to form, though only briefly; a few days later all this was gone.

If yesterday’s photograph exemplified point 14 in About My Techniques, today’s exemplifies point 15, which is its antithesis. The complexity shown in this image is different from the one I recorded in the same location in the last days of 2011.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 1, 2012 at 6:15 AM

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  1. Wow, what an amazing shot!! It almost doesn’t look real. Imagine what it would be like to look at this photo after a few drinks LOL :).


    October 1, 2012 at 6:34 AM

  2. Speaking of tiny bubbles and a few drinks, some of us never will see the phrase “tiny bubbles” without thinking of this..

    Truly fresh water bubbles certainly do look different than our bay bubbles. It’s a wonderful capture, especially with the underlying green.


    October 1, 2012 at 7:06 AM

    • I wish I lived closer to the coast so I could play around photographically (and literally) with bubbles of the other kind. The green of the algae here may have its counterpart in seaweed there. As for the song, I was familiar with it but wouldn’t have thought about it without your suggestion. Maybe someone can write a song—perhaps under the influence of some bubbly—for bubbles of the kind shown here.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 1, 2012 at 7:58 AM

  3. Das sieht super aus!!


    October 1, 2012 at 7:13 AM

  4. Very cool !


    October 3, 2012 at 12:41 PM

  5. Steve, its been a while since I browsed your blog, and boy have I been missing out! This, for instance, is marvelous.


    November 26, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    • Thanks, and welcome back. The good thing about a blog is that its entries stay up indefinitely, so you can come to them whenever you wish.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 26, 2012 at 10:37 PM

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