Jon Crispin's Notebook

Pond Scum

Posted in Flowers, Jon Crispin, Nature, Plants, Water by joncrispin on 06/08/2012

When I was shooting film, I was a stickler for getting the best image quality out of a negative.  I prided myself on shooting Tri-X and being able to make great prints.  But I was always open to photographs that had real feeling to them and that might not have been perfectly sharp or in focus.  /  I have photographed this little pond before.  The green algae that shows up in the late summer is such a beautiful color.  I took a series of shots last week and since it has been so humid, the lens fogged up when I got out of the air conditioned car.  I didn’t notice until I reviewed the image on the lcd screen on the back of the camera, so I wiped off the lens and waited to shoot more until the fog cleared.  When selecting a photo to post here, this slightly foggy one looked the nicest.  So even though it is a bit soft and diffused, I like it better than the non-fogged, sharp ones. /  Also, some purple loosestrife again.

Ducks on the Pond

Posted in Animals, Plants, Water by joncrispin on 21/07/2011

Thanks to everyone who has sent along condolences about Mavis.  We are really missing her, especially Pearl. /  We walk alot near the UMASS track facility and just close to where we park the car is a small pond that starts out very clear in the Spring and over the Summer becomes filled with some kind of very green algae.  For a while this family of ducks was hanging around.  They couldn’t be bothered by the fact that we were checking them out.

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