I was totally drawing a blank on what to shoot today, so I went to the kitchen and poured a nice glass of iced tea. Quite coincidentally, it was the last glassful in the pitcher, and—also coincidentally—the pitcher was filthy with accumulated tea stains dating back an unknown quantity of months.

I started to just leave the stains to accumulate and make another pot, as I was feeling rushed to find a subject for today’s picture, but since I didn’t have a clue, I decided to go ahead and give the tea pitcher a good scrubbing.

So I washed it: multiple stains remained.

I washed it again, and again stains remained.

So I decided to give it a good soak.

I started the pitcher filling with nice warm water, added a small quantity of soap, and soon the pitcher was overflowing with foamy soap suds.


I fetched the camera, bolted on the Vivtar 50mm f/1.8 in reverse, and went to town, with disappointing results.

I set the camera down to go back to scrubbing, and noticed that I had forgotten to wash the lid to the tea pitcher.

So I screwed the lid down, swished it around a good bit, and gave it a scrub.

When it was nice and clean, I noticed that the pile of bland-looking suds in the pitcher had reduced to a skim of rainbow bubbles on the surface of the water.

Again with the camera and the macro rig, and this time: success!

D7000. Vivitar 50mm f/1.8 (Cosina), reversed on 40mm extension. ISO800, 1/60th (AP mode), f/1.8, -1EV. About 4 minutes of slider play in Aperture to bring out the color in the cloud and bring up the shadows in the field.

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