Friday, 19 April 2019 22:56

The Shape of Floating Color

The small red maples that line the shore of the old mill pond at Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge, just a stone's throw from the marvels of Moonstone Beach on Rhode Island's incredible coast, offer themselves first as reflected leaves in the tannin-laced waters of the old mill pond. As the season progresses they continue their journeys often on the surface of the pond itself, where they join with the lily pads that have grown from the soft bottom of the pond to break the shallow surface. There they will run the wabi-sabi gamut of decay before finally becoming nutrients to help the next generation of lilies send their creamy blossoms to float with the Atlantic breezes.

A focal length of 450mm narrowed my angle-of-view into three distinct, but joined, areas of liquid surface. An aperture of f/16 at an ISO of 200 allowed for a shutter speed of 1/13th second, just fast enough to stop the slight motion of the light breeze and to provide an overall medium exposure.

The Ocean State's fall color is a jewel of rare beauty that sparkles in the light as if seen through a giant prism.


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