I tried for many hours to capture this:

“…[C]onsciousness flowed through and around her and into the darkness. She glimpsed the place dimly before her mind blanked itself away from the terror. Without knowing why, her whole being trembled at what she had seen—a region where a wind blew and sparks glared, where rings of light expanded and contracted, where rows of tumescent white shapes flowed over and under and around the lights, driven by darkness and a wind out of nowhere.”^

I don’t think I got there, and I will try again, but I was really excited when this appeared in the viewfinder, and I sort of knew that this—or one of its fraternal siblings—was the one, even though it didn’t quite make it.

Similarly, I read the quote a few nights ago, and knew that my current macro subject—the Collier Kaleidoscope—had the potential to reveal the tumescence and flowing and wind out of nowhere, if I could somehow harness my limited skills and make the photograph appear.

Close, but not quite.

D7000. Nikkor 24mm f/2.8 ai, reversed on the Nikon 36-72mm f/3.5 E Series, at 72mm. ISO100, 5 seconds (AP mode), f/2.8 & f/3.5. Rather heavy processing in Aperture, but not particularly overblown, and not as much pixel torturing as I’ve done in the past few days (or as much as I put on the set of pictures that I tried to bend to an HDR version of the quote above, but they didn’t work, and I knew they wouldn’t, but knew this one would).

^Herbert, Frank. Dune. (Radnor, Pennsylvania: Chilton Book Company, 1965; Berkley Medalion Edition, Sixth Printing, 1977), 444.

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