March 2017 – Going Green

free desktop calendar March 2017_1440x900

Looking forward to the greens of spring.

Desktop calendars are available in 2 screen sizes here.

what the dew can do

A cool damp morning as the mist is chased by the sun, tiny insect webs are revealed.

dew in a forest clearing

Web hammock

sunlit dewy webs in pine tree

Magnifying bubble

Just wanted to share one more (for now) lupin and water photo.

captured water droplet in foliage

Here comes the sun

While out trying to capture water droplets on spring foliage by taking several photos with focus on different parts of the scene to stack the image (see previous post), another challenge became the breaking sun. Below are 3 of 6 images taken seconds apart with all the same settings.

light on foliage with water droplets

light on foliage with water droplets 2

sunshine on foliage with water droplets

The breaking sunshine not only created severe shadows but totally changed the shade of green in the raw images.

This photography gig definitely has it’s challenges!

After the rain

Thirsty lupin foliage collects tiny droplets in tidy rows guiding moisture down into the center.

Lupin drink

This image was my first attempt at ‘stacking’ shots. With a long lense, it is not possible to get the whole image in focus. I took several shots adjusting the focus each time. The images are stacked in Photoshop and parts of each are masked to reveal the clearest part. A greater amount of the overall image is then in focus.

It is essential to use a tripod. The slightest movement becomes evident in post processing. I tried to reduce movement by shooting with the 2 second self-timer. There was still some movement between shots as the shoot took place in the ditch along side the highway and passing vehicles created an unavoidable draft .

Two of the 4 shots used were overexposed and needed to be adjusted to match the other two. I will have to look into where the exposure lock is on my camera and how to use it!

Wet Willows

Damp dreary days don’t normally draw me out with my camera but after such a long, cold and snowy winter, I was eager to get out in spite of the soggy conditions. Driving some back roads in a light drizzle I noticed what I thought was pussy willows on the branches in the ditches.

water droplets and bokeh

The light rain was clinging to the branches creating the effect of soft, white pussy willows.

There were also willows starting to bud with furry catkins present.

pussy willows and water droplets

I was entranced the juxtaposition of the buds above and droplets below. Then noticed tiny droplets that appear as bulging eyes on the the buds at the end of the branch! I was wishing I had brought my tripod to more effectively zoom in for a clear shot.

A few other branches held some different bud and droplet configurations.

wet pussy willows

A wet day well spent.

dew droplets

Fireweed is in bloom along the creek. The morning mist adds poke-a-dots to the petals.