Monday, January 25, 2010

To be filed under: very bizarre and downright unattractive

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Who knew that the scum floating on a mud puddle could look so interesting. Not attractive per se, this one won't be hanging on my wall any time soon, but definitely interesting in a pond scum sort of way. I like the way the water in the puddle has become almost invisible, making this layer of goo appear to float just above the surface of the ground, like some three-dimensional toxic diorama. It's got great texture, too, almost like peeling paint.
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You never know quite what you're going to find when you look, do you?
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(Deleted a bunch of overly-angsty self-centered drivel. Trust me, you're better off without it.)

PS Camera's fine, and I'm an idiot. Embarrassing yes, but way cheaper this way. It wasn't the metering Mojo but you were close. Somehow I pushed and twirled a few things that shouldn't have been pushed and twirled at the same time and completely unknowingly set the exposure compensation to minus-4! I checked every setting I'd been playing with before I brought it in but since I'd never tried to change that one I had no idea it was so off. Feel free to toss the egg at my face, I'm just happy it's functioning and that all this lesson will cost me is the $22 for cleaning the sensors, which I'd been looking for a chance to do for months now anyway.
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14 comments:

Dina said...

Glad you have the camera back, even better than before.
Good luck with your angst stuff.

Your pond scum does look scary, like what we joke around and imagine as radioactive.

Mojo said...

Twenty bucks to clean the sensor?? Maybe I shouldn't tell you this, but the shop I go to has never charged me anything for that job. And done it on a while-you-wait basis. Of course I nearly always buy something "while-I-wait" but still...

But maybe your guys are doing something more detailed than just blowing the dust off.

Glad it didn't turn out to be anything uber expensive or something that required send it to Nikon for weeks. That would blow.

Mojo said...

Oh, where are my manners. The photo is fascinating! When I saw it in my reader all I could think was "what is that??"

Sad that it's some kind of toxic sludge or something, but it has its own kind of beauty... in an ugly dog kind of way.

Robin said...

I haven't the faintest idea what they did but I assume it's more in-depth than blowing dust off since it comes with a guarantee, and since my (cheapskate always broke) professional photographer friend says it's the only place he'd have his done and considers it a bargain. The kits to do it yourself cost nearly that much anyway, with no guarantee of getting it right.

moneythoughts said...

Peeling paint. I like that. I am familiar with peeling paint as I take paint off of windows that I use as frames for my paintings.

Under a microscope that scum would be even more interesting as I am sure you would see a bunch of single celled organisms swimming around. : )

Titanium said...

Bizarre... and intriguing. *shudders* the thought of putting it under a microscope is... dismaying.

Daryl said...

OY! Good news. And trust me I expect this to happen to me any day now .. there are just some oddly place dials and buttons that I keep hitting by mistake on my way to dialing or pushing what I intended to .. every 3rd photo I seen to press (at first I had no idea what it was) the Depth of Field button .. which while depressed will not let you depress the shutter .. its right under the lens where my unnaturally long fingers want to hold the lens for balance ...

Anyway I am SO glad it all ended well and trust me, my talented SMART friend, you are not alone! xo

AND that photo .. awesomely ucky in an interestingly wonderful way

kaye said...

. . . interesting texture :)

quilly said...

That scum is algae and it pays the bills and puts food on the table at our house. Amoeba is even working on a couple of bio-fuels projects that might someday put algae in your gas tank, too.

Glad to hear about the camera. I know you're happy to have it back and even happier to have it cleaned.

moorebloglife said...

I think it is quite interesting and the color is neat!

Robin said...

Algae powering my car would be very cool. Go Amoeba!

Annie said...

Amazing how this can be mistaken for something else, like, moss covered bark on a tree or a google satellite image. I think it is very good looking but I'm guessing that IRL, it's not so much.

catsynth said...

That is interesting, and I really like the shapes and textures. I think it could hang somewhere, particularly out of context.

Mimi said...

It's a very interesting photo, Robin.
Sort of moon-like, in a sort of creepy way!