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    The image depicts transformation from inanimate organic matter to living beings. Translucent organic gels are physically manipulated to form structures resembling biological life. These structures become “alive” when illuminated and photographed using polarizer filters. The technique utilizes spectacular optical properties of organic gels in polarized light.
    WHAT MAKES THIS PHOTO GREAT?
    Composition 10
    Lighting 8
    Creativity 11
    Story 6

    I am generally more interested in images of natural subjects rather than abstract compositions of man-made materials. However, the colors in this image along with the wild form of the bubbles within the gel made for an arresting image. I was left wondering, what is an organic gel exactly and why does it form that texture when manipulated?

    Anand Varma
    National Geographic Photographer
    Photo Details
    Date Taken: Feb 24, 2014
    Date Uploaded: Mar 6, 2014
    Camera: NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D300S
    Focal Length: 40 mm
    Shutter Speed: 1/4 sec
    Aperture: f/8
    ISO: 200
    Copyright: © Elzbieta Kurowska
    Categories: Abstract, Nature
    Assignments: Macro, Biodiversity
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