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!

dewy nets

The other morning on our walk, I noticed a strange white in the red-brown bushes in the meadow by Agimak Creek.
On closer inspection, I found dewy webs that looked like hammocks.
It was amazing to see all the shades of red, orange and brown that would soon be hidden by new green leaves.