You know you are married to a scientist when, having watched a twee cartoon T.V. advertisement showing cute birds and rabbits, an even cuter deer and a fluffy brown bear in a snow dapple woodland setting, your wife turns to you and exclaims “That’s not right, the bear would be hibernating”.
Her current field of endeavour is marine ecology and so, when I’m photographing beach-based marine life, I have to make sure that my photographs are a scientifically true representation of the subject. If I don’t, the error of my ways is usually quickly pointed out to me, sometimes with a surprising lack of subtlety. Here is a photograph of bladder wrack seaweed taken with my reality filter in place.
However, it wasn’t a piece of seaweed that encouraged me to plonk down my tripod and start fiddling with f-stops and focal lengths. Admittedly I liked the shape, but it was the rock that really caught my eye. I liked the way this rock shelf had eroded, creating an interesting mix of lines. Most of all I was drawn to the colours that I saw; red, blue, green, yellow and more. So, having prepared an image that passes scientific muster I did another one for me. That keeps us both happy.