Day 2 in my "Project 365" was exiting. I saw this sponge a couple of days ago and decided that it should star in one of my upcoming photographs. I found a piece of shale that I brought home from Norway many years ago and mounted the sponge upside down on the shale. As I also learning to use my SB-900 flash I tried both combining flash and ambient light and using flash only. I decided for the flash only light as it created more punch to the photo and it was easier to angle the light to create various shadows. After many variations I decided for a slight angled light beam coming straight above the sponge at a distance of 30 cm.
On the Nikon D300 I mounted the AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED lens and used a tripod and a 2 second self timer delay. Exposure was 1/60 sec at f/25 to get a lot of sharpness (ISO 200). The SB-900 was controlled by using the built in flash as Commander. In Lightroom I used added the color treatment trying to create a contrast between the "cold" shale and the "warm" sponge.