Damp Macro

One of the few good things about having a wash-out summer like the one we’ve had (apart from, this year, the amazing non-weather stuff that’s made it an incredible summer) is the weather makes for arguably more interesting photographic opportunities. There are more fluffy clouds, more interesting lighting, the chance of thunderstorms, and just general rain.

And with rain come droplets of water. You don’t need to be a scientist to know that (although, I suspect a decent level of scientific knowledge is required to truly understand it). Some time ago I finally had the chance to shoot some macro shots of flowers after a light smattering of rain. Despite the summer we’ve had, I hadn’t gotten a chance to shoot something like it. Until now. Well, until July, which is when these shots were taken.

1/160sec, f/3.5, ISO 100, 100mm

One of the standout elements of this set is the amazingly crisp detail in the leaves; you can clearly see the intricate detail in every tiny capillary.

1/200sec, f/2.8, ISO 100, 100mm
1/200sec, f/3.5, ISO 100, 100mm
1/200sec, f/3.5, ISO 100, 100mm

I also really love the way the water droplets magnify the capillaries. I just wish there was an ant on the leaf, for scale.

1/200sec, f/3.5, ISO 100, 100mm

It remains an aspiration of mine to seek out more macro photography opportunities, especially ones that involve things like water making the macro world more interesting.

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  1. petit4chocolatier September 15, 2012 — 9:09 pm

    Beautiful pictures!

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