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I have to confess that most likely this isn’t a dew drop (as it has been extremely dry around these parts with no appreciable rain for weeks) but rather a leftover sprinkle from the morning’s watering via the irrigation system. 

"Dew Drop Daisy" (Yellow African Daisy) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro, F/7.1, 1/160s, ISO 640

 Still, such a sunny little bloom for a sunny little saturday! 🙂

I’ve gotten into the habit of taking a camera with me, even on a simple errand to the grocery store. While sitting in my Jeep in the driveway afterwards, bracing myself for the onslaught of wind and driving rain I would once again be stepping out into, I snapped a few photos of the raindrops dancing on my windshield. (I was also listening to one of my favorite songs on the radio). 🙂 

“Nuclear Rain” (Raindrops on Windshield) Nikon D300, 200mm, F/13, 1/20s, -1.0EV, ISO 640, Built-in Rear Curtain Flash, -2.0EV

Since I was just playing around, I seriously doubted I was capturing anything noteworthy and, truth be told, completely forgot about them until looking through the memory card this morning.

The curvature of the glass seems to give the drops a 3D effect, more so than if they were on a standard flat window pane. The background plays a nice role here as well – the red color is the hood of my Jeep and the vertical stripes are from slats in the fence beyond. 

Just goes to show you that sometimes photographing the (seemingly) ordinary can yield surprising results! 🙂

Totally inspired by Amber’s images of water splashes, I vowed I would give this a shot when it rained. Well, boy is it raining today! We have a veritable monsoon happening out there – really, really horrible weather all around. 

I tried shooting water drops outside, but rain is inconsistent and the wind was gusting something fierce. Not easily dissuaded, I set up my own thing inside. Nothing special really – just a sheet pan laid across the kitchen sink (to raise the level of the drops up to my lens level) with a black dinner plate on top (I wanted a dark background) and faucet turned to a medium drip. Camera set on tripod, Manual shooting mode, SB-900 flash with a FL-G1 colored gel filter and white balance set to Cool White Flourescent. 

The toughest thing I found was getting manual focus set correctly to capture tack sharp drops and splashes. Need to work on that as I lost alot of interesting images due to things being ‘out of focus’ – arrrrgh! In any event, I prevailed and I am more than thrilled with the results I achieved today! 

Here are my favorite three shots: 

"Roulette" (Single Water Drop) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro, F/5, 1/125s, -0.7EV, ISO 640, SB900 w/FL-G1 Colored Gel Filter, i-TTL Flash, -0.3EV

"Rosette" (Explosion of Water Drops) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro, F/13, 1/320s, -0.7EV, ISO 640, SB900 w/FL-G1 Colored Gel Filter, i-TTL Flash

"Royalette" (Water Crown) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G Macro, F/13, 1/320s, -0.7EV, ISO 640, SB900 w/FL-G1 Colored Gel Filter, i-TTL Flash

It was so cool to witness the erratic way water reacts to striking a surface and how each image is sooooo different from each other. I highly recommend giving this a try yourself! 🙂

"Sweet Julia" (Clematis 'Madame Julia Correvon') Nikon D300, 70mm, F/10, 1/30s, -1.0EV, ISO 250

"Sweet Julia" (Clematis 'Madame Julia Correvon') Nikon D300, 70mm, F/10, 1/30s, -1.0EV, ISO 250

So, it seems we are back to the days of rain. Sigh.

Luckily, there was a reprieve late in the day (the sun even showed itself, albeit brielfy) which allowed me to head outside, camera in hand.

The very first thing to catch my eye were the flowers of my neighbor’s clematis, which climb a trellis attached to the 4′ high wood fence that divides our properties. Both of us love clematis vines and many years ago, we decided to put up trellises along the fence and plant different varieties on either side.

This way, we both get to enjoy the blooms! 🙂

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