more cosmic condensation



At certain weather conditions, the outside windows in some rooms form condensation.  Sometimes the patterns made by the condensation are interesting so I’ve started a series of photos to document it.  These shots were taken with the D80 with a 25mm extension tube between the body and macro lens. While this camera is not as sophisticated as newer models it can still produce excellent files even with the kit lens.

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25 thoughts on “more cosmic condensation

  1. LensScaper

    Condensation is something my wife wages war on regularly, usually accompanied by a series of un-publishable words. It puts her in a very bad breakfast mood. I usually disappear. I hate to have to admit that I have never thought of photographing it, until now. But….such an act on my part would be regarded, to put it mildly, as siding with the devil. Hmm..a situation to be managed with care.
    Seriously good abstract images, Ken.

    1. oneowner Post author

      Tread lightly, Andy. There’s no sense in causing trouble in paradise over this. We are lucky that most of the windows in our house are free of condensation but the few that do get it can be nice.

    1. oneowner Post author

      Thanks, E. Your house is fairly new so you probably have windows that prevent condensation. No so with older homes that haven’t updated the windows. If I planned to stay here longer I’d consider replacing the windows but I sort of like the condensation as it is.

    2. disperser

      It’s a humidity issue . . . I adjust the humidity based on the outside temperature. If I don’t, I get ice on the windows. That’s one of the things I had to do; repair many windowsills that were damaged by years of water soaking in after ice build-up melts.

      Hence my comment on using the mister. I’m pretty sure I can get frost on them (as occasionally I do when I don’t pay attention) but to get something worth photographing would require a little help.

      1. oneowner Post author

        I can’t control the humidity in our house but the condensation forms on the storm windows, not on the inside wooded frame windows. I thought that the storms would end the condensation but it just moved it to the outside windows. The moisture does no damage and there is no draft coming from the windows so I just contend with it. When the outside temps are above freezing the windows are clear anyway.

    1. oneowner Post author

      Thanks, Mel. i think that “metallic” look is due to the fact these windows are looking out onto a snow covered landscape with no color. But winter is the only time of year we get the condensation so that’s one thing to be grateful for.

  2. TomDills

    What better way to take winter photographs the being able to shoot them from inside! This is a very nice series, Ken. And it’s interesting to see how varied the patterns can be.


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