The Excess Milk Situation

I’m sure everyone’s been here before. Finding the perfect balance between milk and cereal is an art; an art that I’ve yet to master. This is going to sound exactly like what I do for a living but instead of mortgage backed securities, its milk and cereal.


We start off with a bowl of cereal and we want a 65% milk coverage model. Pour the cereal, apply the milk. On the initial pour we’ve underestimated the amount of cereal and find that we’re only at 50% coverage putting us long to the model by half a cup. To compensate we pour extra milk which always ends up being too much and find that we’re now 80% covered putting us 15% short to the model.


The solution, add more cereal. This of course starts a vicious cycle of more milk then more cereal. Before you know it, you’ve eaten half a box of cereal and then you’re sad because now you’re almost out of cereal. To make matters worse, your friend will call asking you to grab lunch and you’re too full to go therefore adding to the solitude. If you haven’t figured this out already, it’s hard being me.


This is for the group Macro Mondays. Every Monday a macro photograph is submitted for the week's challenge. This week's theme was "Solitude".


Taken with a Nikon D300 w/ a 60mm f/2.8 Micro Nikkor Lens


Strobist Info:

Nikon Speedlight SB900 Fired Through Umbrella, Direct On Top (1/10)


  • Martin Turner PRO 5y

    Marcus; thats a damn fine idea for a photograph, perfect execution too!
  • Kinshuk Hora PRO 5y

    Amazing macro shot here.
    love the details and light, Great work.
  • Flash Parker PRO 5y

    haha it's already been said all over...great stuff
  • Jean-Yves PRO 5y

    Funny story and good macro shot. I've got the cereal to milk ratio figured out,,,but i've added another variable to my morning cereal by warming it up in the microwave. I've figured out that a minute and twenty seconds works well and it has to be eaten right away so that it doesn't get too soggy. BTW: It's shredded wheat with blueberries on top.
  • Marcel Hadorn 5y

    Wow excellent put in scene! Happy MM on Wednesday
  • Deborah Clements PRO 5y

    This photo made me's fab!!
  • Giovanni Arteaga 5y

    Excellent concept!
  • Jason 5y

    Neat shot! Your stream is consistently excellent, which really makes the nice comment you left me on LTAL that much more meaningful. Thanks!
  • Amy Pennell 5y

    I love this photo. Great lighting.
  • Tamara Tantrum 5y

    I hate when this happens! :)
  • alessio miro cataldi taviano, lecce 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called,

    and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Air-Ick-Uh PRO 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Simple Everyday Objects, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Air-Ick-Uh PRO 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Macro Melody, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Jack PRO 5y

    cool shot!
  • mihaela muntean 5y

    you've captured this amazingly!
    I think you've found the perfect balance bet milk and cereals.
    were they good?
  • Zikri Teo 5y

    LoL great story that I'm sure everyone can relate to! Awesome composition and detail in the milk bubbles!

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • MustangSheila 5y

    You're making my mouth water, Marcus!!!
  • Ludi 5y

    Te invito a participar con este magnífico bodegón en nuestro VI concurso de "Bodegones en Fotografía"- "El Desayuno". Por favor lee las normas del concurso . I invite you to take part with this magnificent Still Life in our VI Contest of "Still life in Photography" -"The Breakfast". Please read the rules of the contest.
  • Sigrid Beckmann PRO 5y

    Fabulous shot! Great detail. Killer idea
  • AJ Brustein PRO 4y

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Taken on February 21, 2010
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