Thursday, October 22, 2009

Objects in the Mirror May Be Closer Than They Appear

Objects in the Mirror May Be Closer Than They Appear
I photographed this resolute little muskrat making its way across a pond near Gammon Road yesterday. Interesting optical phenomenon right in front of it -- the bow wave it's pushing up ahead of it in the still water curves in such a way as to form a perfect convex mirror. It's like those outside right rear-view mirrors on cars with the familiar warning, creating a tiny upside-down image of the muskrat's head (view large on black).

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi- just stumbled upon your blog, as I was searching for info about my
nikon D-90. Did you take this image with the Nikon? Great picture! Your page came up in the search because of the post about using the controls with gloves on.

Madison Guy said...

Thanks, yes, I took it with the D-90. My only regret was that I didn't use it to shoot video of the little critter instead. But, you know, if you do that, you can't shoot a still at the same time. And video -- unlike stills shot at a high shutter speed -- really requires a tripod. Decisions, decisions...