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What Is That On My Bathroom Sink?
Saturday 21 March 2015   —   Category: Shooting
Last night when I was in the bathroom brushing my teeth, right before going to bed, I noticed a small oblong speck on the sink, near the cold water faucet handle. It seemed like it was moving somewhat, but it was so small that I couldn’t tell what it was with my naked eye.

A sudden photographic mood motivated me to grab my Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera and mount my Olympus 60mm macro lens. Because of the poor lighting in the bathroom I grabbed a pocket flashlight to illumine the subject.

Once I had the equipment in the proper position, with the lens hood almost touching the subject, I saw through the viewfinder that it was some sort of tiny bug, stuck on its back, with its legs flailing helplessly in the air. I snapped a couple of shots, then bumped up the ISO in order to increase the shutter speed, hopefully enough to reduce the unwanted blur in my first attempts.

After a few more shots the bug finally righted itself, and then the race was on! As it was crawling towards my flashlight, I chased after it with my camera, firing off some more shots. When it paused, I ran back to my home office to grab the same small ruler I had used in a photo 8 years ago.

Of course, it is very difficult to measure a tiny moving bug, but from what I can guesstimate, it seemed like it was about 2mm long. Through the magic of macro photography, a miniature world is revealed which you would not get to see otherwise!

Neither of these photos is really great. Shallow depth of field and image noise from the high ISO degrade the image quality. Still, they turned out pretty decent considering the challenging conditions they were taken under.

Who knows when the photographic mood and/or the photographic opportunity will strike. And which one comes first? Does being in a photo­graphic mood open your eyes to a photographic opportunity you would otherwise miss? Or does a photographic opportunity stir up your photo­graphic mood, which would otherwise remain dormant?

In the end it probably doesn’t matter. What is important is that, one way or another, you take advantage of the moment when the mood or the opportunity strikes. And you never know when that might occur. It could even be when you are brushing your teeth in your bathroom!
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