Favorite Images #10: Laboratory

So this blog has been more of a outlet for all of my photography ramblings than anything. Today’s post is going to combine photography with the other thing that consumes me: Chemistry. Yep. I just said a dorky science word. And I’m about to say a few more. I spend a fair amount of time and frustration in the lab, doing research. I can honestly say, there are few things in life as frustrating as chemistry can be. Chemists are some of the only people that can do the exact same thing over and over again after no success and still expect different positive results to happen the next time you repeat it. Sometimes, you just want something to happen, even if it isn’t the right thing. Just something. And it’s a lot like photography in a way. Chemistry and photography are alike in the sense that even when you don’t get exactly what you wanted (a certain reaction occurring or that perfect shot) you take what you get and you work with it. In chemistry it means taking the results you get and working with them, trying to figure out where you went wrong and making an educated guess as to what the next best step is. The same is true for photography. Taking an image, analyzing it and seeing where you can improve for the next one. The advantage of photography is that you always have the ability to jump on a computer and touch it up. If only I could get on a computer and fix my chemistry, have it make my reactions work for me.  As frustrating as chemistry can be, the reward would far outweigh the anguish if a research project were to actually work out. So that must be what keeps chemists going. The anticipation of making a new compound, discovering a new reaction, and literally building molecules from pretty much scratch. Something amazing about putting all the pieces together. And I think that same type of thing is what keeps photographers going, the longing for a great shot and the feeling that it provokes in you, and seeing how others react to it. It is all about the reaction, in both chemistry and photography. Wow. Sorry for rambling. I know that probably doesn’t make any sense. Now to the image. This photo is of my lab. I love the dark, aged black & white feel of the photo, and also the way the light is coming in through the window. It was taken with a Canon Xsi, Tamron 28-75 at 60mm, f/2.8, 1/50 and ISO 800.