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After four days of rain, I’m definitely learning how to look at water in a whole new light!

Just like during the eye of a hurricane, we had a short stretch of sun and clouds early this afternoon. Was a good time to stretch the legs from computer work and see what was worth shooting.

Yes, peonies are still in bloom and I have a few that are protected by umbrellas (thank goodness!)  A particular blossom on the edge of the umbrella must have been getting some splashback up from below, coating just a few petals with droplets. Illuminated from above, they now seemed to “glow”.

“Rain Glow” (Herbaceous Peony, Single, Unkown Heirloom Variety) Nikon D300, 200-400mm, 400mm, F/22, 1/40s, ISO 400, SB900 TTL Flash w/Gary Fong Lightspherre Cloud, -2.0EV

There wasn’t much color contrast between the peony and the background, so I decided to turn on the drama by converting to black and white (again, using Silver Efex Pro by Nik software). I also added a vignette and dodged the droplets to give them some additional punch.

Not bad, not bad at all.



  1. Wow!! Definite proof that flowers do not have to be in color all the time!

    How did the art show go?

    • Hi there Micheala! This is actually a shot from LAST year. After the art show, I realized I hadn’t categorized all my b&w shots properly so I went through them and corrected that. I forget that when I do that, you get notified of the update!

      In any event, thanks! 🙂

      The art fair was as expected…not as many people attending as prior years and most of them looking and not buying. I promise, email coming soon! I’m sooooo behind on everything! 🙂

  2. Yes, I realized that it was a shot from last year, but not until AFTER I commented LOL

    Take your time with that e-mail. These next couple of weeks will be busy for me, because we’re leaving for vacation August 6th. There’s so much to do and I haven’t done ANY of it yet!

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