Small Things in Nature Inspire – Water Droplets
I’m a strong believer in the simple things in life can be most rewarding. This can also be likened to photography. Photography is such a rewarding craft and hobby to be involved with. There is no age limit that can do photography, which is wonderful. It is always exciting when you capture something, when you freeze a moment in time and it is your image. Photography is something that you can do at your own pace.
There is no limit to what you can take and capture. Often we chase the big and impressive moments in life and landscapes .There is nothing wrong with that but we often over look every day moments that are simple, delicate and inspiring. All we have to do is open our eyes toward it. To be aware of what is around us. Not to have tunnel vision but to be able to be aware of what is before us.
We have many stories on our You Tube that we will covering over the coming months and one of them is on this subject.
At the time of writing this we are at the KI Western Caravan Park and Nature Reserve. (Kangaroo Island ) This is our second home in Oz as we love it so much here for so many reasons. We are continuing our documentary series on the Park and the rebirth of it. This takes time and it is something that we are committed to. Mark and Fiona who own and operate the Park have been through so much and when the decision to restart the Park was made, so much had to happen for that to take place. We hope our small doco series shows this.
We were doing a piece to camera at a beautiful spot in the Park when I noticed a single leaf with raindrops on it. Well that was the start of this blog and a You Tube story that will appear on our channel later. One single droplet was to inspire me and I had goose bumps all over me as I just loved immersing myself in this subject.
The raindrop sat on the leaf with awesome colours on the ground. We had rain the previous night.
The image above I shot straight down above it. The image below is the same leaf but I shot the leaf on a 45 degree angle to see what the point of view looked like. Doing that I was to create a shallow depth of field so you are drawn to the water droplet. One is not better than the other, both just give you a different feel to the camera.
Looking down and not up, you’ll be surprised with what you find. More information on this little project you’ll find on the you tube story.Winter gives us so many inspiring moments. Often winter is the least favorite season for people due to the rain and cold temperatures. For me nothing could be further from the truth.
Every season is a blessing to us all. They all offer the photographer so much.
Where we were, there was a gentle stream and in the stream it also had leaves with water droplets on them floating in the middle and on the edges. The stream only runs after good rains fall. In the summer months there is no water in this spot. Winter is a different story. I spent several days photographing this subject. It was just so beautiful to be there surrounded by the bird sounds of the Park and no other sounds.
As I was shooting this subject, Rosepetal (Vicki) was on a mission to capture the Scarlet Red Robin. It’s on Kangaroo Island and it is such a small bird and in the 35 years in coming to the Island, I’m yet to capture this quaint bird. Did Vicki capture the bird? Well you will need to watch the you tube story that is coming soon to know the answer to that question.
All of the images in this blog they were shot at f ll, ISO 100 and on manual as often due to the nature of the whiteness and yellowness of the leaves I had to over expose to get the correct exposure. I also shot everything with the 6mark 2 and having the flip out screen was awesome. I focused all of the images on manual focus and for me there is no doubt when doing such fine acts of photography, manual focus will always give you a sharper image. That’s what I find, others may disagree and that’s ok.
Having the flip out screen is simply awesome as I have programed the screen to be touch sensitive which means all I had to do once the shot was set up, touch the screen and the shot was taken. I had no camera shake as a result of that.
Look downward in winter and see the water droplets on the leaves, as these are such a wonderful subjects to photograph. You will need time to photograph them as it does take time.
These were all shot of the Canon 100mmm Macro. The older Macro lens which I find as sharp as the mark2 version. The original is a fraction of the cost of the latest version and why pay for a more expensive lens when the original does just a good job.
This winter, look for the water droplets on the leaves and be rewarded with the simple things of nature that can inspire us so much.
This winter when the rain falls, take the camera, go for a walk and look downward and see the water droplets that form on the leaves. You’ll be amazed at what you see. For all of the images that I shot above, a tripod was used. 🙂