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04-FEB-2007 Robert Charity

ice adornment

Babler State Park, Missouri view map

It has been very cold here for the last week, so I went out to look for some interesting ice photos on the weekend. This seed pod had floated onto a self of ice and some ice crystals had started grow on its stem. It was so cold, that my eyes would not stop watering - making it very difficult to focus. I used my left eye as it watered less and then turn the f-stop to a high number for maximum DOF and did my best. Maybe someone from a colder climate has a tip on how to photograph when its really cold and your eye water - Maybe I have to buy an auto focus lens.

Nikon D200 ,Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 Ai-S Micro
1/13s f/22.0 at 105.0mm iso100 full exif

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Norman Richard27-Mar-2008 23:54
Very beautifull. I photograph out side down to -30°C. Eyes water, I have a handkerchief and if no wind it seems to grow weeker with time. Luckely for auto-focus. Now for the nose , any tips, apart from a plug. :)
alexeig18-Feb-2008 22:00
Very, very nice abstract. This ice construction really looks like a flower.
RALPH ELDRIDGE22-Apr-2007 11:54
Tears are just a nuisance that, unfortunately, come more easily as we age.
John has the right idea: basically just ignore the watering eyes as best you can. Any attempt to dry the tears (other than John's suggestion) will just irritate, stimulating greater and more prolonged flow.
Some people claim that they are helped by using some of the various "artificial tears" formulations. I'm told that some brands cling and don't evaporate or wash out too quickly. Perhaps a pharmacist could sugggest something helpful.

Oh Yes: I really enjoyed your gallery, too.
Yannis Tsolkas26-Feb-2007 16:14
Excellent Robert by all means! Well done.
John Beck10-Feb-2007 15:31
Beautiful. One tip is not to wipe the eyes as this seems to cause more tearing. Use something soft, (not rough), to gently dab away the tears.
Petter Hamnes09-Feb-2007 20:56
Great capture and well seen! Cold weather can be trying but often presents unique photo opportunities - like this one. v
CIS08-Feb-2007 20:06
Robert, I have the very same problem with eyes handled perfectly. Wish I had a tip.:-) This is marvelous. V
Joanne Kamo08-Feb-2007 01:17
Beautiful composition, colors and focus on the ice. V
Guest 07-Feb-2007 21:46
Beautiful capture!
Thierry Lucas07-Feb-2007 20:44
Very nice capture, Robert.
laine8207-Feb-2007 11:18
Magnetic, Robert !! It's pleasant here at the moment !!
Patricia Lay-Dorsey06-Feb-2007 23:30
Well, your eyes-watering problem sure didn't hurt the photo! This is stunning & in perfect focus IMHO. As Brinn says, it borders on the abstract. Wonderful job! B
firstbrook06-Feb-2007 22:36
Now this is exquisite......beautiful don't need auto focus Robert this is pin sharp in all the right places....luv it
Brinn MacDougall06-Feb-2007 22:32
Wonderful winter scene, it's almost abstract..v
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