Living Colour

After a fresh rainfall, macro photography turns into a hunt for the best water droplets. A simply blade of grass can take on a world of it’s own, if you get the angle just right.

These water droplets are clinging to grass, and many of them are spherical enough to refract the image of the purple flower (I believe it is a Bachelor’s Button) behind it. The purple flower is also the source of the deep purple out of focus background.

The angle of the camera is important, but so to is the angle of the flash. You need to have both the droplets and the flower illuminated nearly equally, while still providing some depth and shadow to the environment. I battle with the flash angle for some time before getting it perfect, and everything in this image is hand-held.

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