I had the day off to celebrate my wife's birthday, and to pick up her birthday present. The first order of business was school. As I walked into school from the parking lot I found this nifty little iced over puddle. I went inside, and very quickly got things settled, and then returned outside with my camera.
I know people thought I was strange. I got a couple nods and smiles when people saw me photographing the ground.
I did most of the processing with these inside ViewNX. I like being able to manipulate the curves from the raw data, but I don't like that I have to save the toning as a picture control in order to actually use it. Its very unlikely the curve I made will be useful for anything but this set of pictures. I can either delete it out of the picture control library, or end up with a very cluttered library as I do more of this. I don't mind deleting it, but it seems a totally unnecessary step.
Sharpening was done in Gimp because I didn't like the sharpening I was getting from ViewNX.
Here are a few of the shots. I really don't know which one I think is the best. They are all interesting to me. It was hard enough getting down to these. That is the way of abstracts for me, though. After I made my frames, I realized I behaved in a manner described by Freeman Patterson. I was quickly composing, focusing, and responding to what was in the viewfinder by either passing it by or pressing the shutter. I had no conscious thought, simply looking, responding.
Go ahead, quickly walk away. But don't forget to nod and smile at the crazy guy photographing the ground.