95% Water

This is our entry in Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #47: Five Elements.

The jellyfish are one of our favorite exhibits at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. They glow in the ultraviolet light of their display tank. At about 95% water, they literally embody the element water for the photo challenge.

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Jellyfish
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Jellyfish

These photos were taken on May 26, 2019, with an Olympus TG-5.

A Delicate Waterdrop Umbrella

This is our entry in Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge #46 – Delicate.

Colliding waterdrops create a delicate umbrella — here for a brief instant, then gone forever.   The photo below was created using our tripod-mounted Canon 50D and an ancient 100 mm macro lens in front of a paper background. The shutter was opened for two seconds while two drops of water were released into a martini glass filled with water. A flash, perpendicular to the camera, was triggered when the waterdrops collided. It illuminated the scene for 1/8000 of a second.  In the “umbrella” shape seen in the photo, the “shaft” is created as the first drop plunges into the water in the glass and then rebounds into the air. The “canopy” is created when the second drop collides with the rebounding first drop. (Technical note: It doesn’t really matter how long the shutter remains open as long as an image taken without the flash is black).

This photo was taken on March 29, 2017. Specs are:

Canon 50D, ISO 100, f/22, 2.0 sec, 100 mm.

 

Architectural Harmony of the Mysore Maharaja Palace

This is our entry in Lens-Artists Challenge #44 – Harmony.

The Maharaja’s Palace, built in 1907, is a huge building in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture in Mysore, India. It was the seat of the Wodeyar maharajas until the creation of the modern Indian state.  One fabulous but gaudy area of the palace is the Public Durbar (Audience) Hall. The repeated granite columns and stucco ceilings provide a stunning sense of harmony and near symmetry. It was built to impress and it does. As Mel Brooks said in History of the World, Part 1, “It’s good to be the king.”

Glass Dome of the Galerie Colbert

This is our entry in Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #43–Less is More.

The Galerie Colbert is a covered arcade belonging to the Bibliothèque Nationale of Paris, France. This photo was taken looking up at the beautiful glass dome of the rotunda. Radiating out from the rotunda are the Institut Nationale d’Histoire de l’Art (INHA) and the Institut National du Patrimoine (INP).

This photo was taken on April 10, 2019. The image was converted to black and white to emphasize the “Less is More” theme. Specs are:

Canon 200D, ISO 200, f/9.0, 1/160 sec, 10 mm.