Water Blossoms

It’s a common comment when people see an image like this, to simply think that it is computer generated. I take that as a compliment to my skills and to the wonderment of nature, because this is a natural photograph!

The physics of light and water are always fun to play with, in images like this the water droplets act as tiny lenses, bringing into focus whatever is behind it (I’ve done many of these and it never gets old). The droplets are suspended in a densely-packed spider web which allows for a high concentration of refracted images.

This image is focus-stacked, meaning I had to take it at multiple focus points to make it sharp at all points. 10 images in total were used to compensate for the very shallow depth of field inherent to images such as this.

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