It’s January and my hydrangeas are in bloom. The weather is just so confused this year! I brought two hydrangea blooms inside with the intention of photographing them with my macro setup. I thought I’d get an afternoon of fun out of the pretty blue bloom, but I found myself more intrigued with the spent bloom from last summer. Its fragility and lacelike quality were appealing, especially after I put it on a lightbox.
After my last macro adventure, I was excited to try again with water droplet refraction photography and my monarch butterfly photo. It’s fun to see flowers refracted in droplets, so why not a butterfly on a flower? I went in closer this time with a single droplet on the end of a blade of grass. (Again, I did not ask permission for borrowing a blade of cat grass. Don’t tell Goldy!) Glycerin helped to make the droplet a little bigger. It’s still not exactly what I was envisioning, but it’s progress…
My African Irises are already blooming this year, too. I planted a few in my backyard after enjoying photographing in previous springs. (We can’t walk through a patch of irises at Fowler Groves without me saying “Freeze me!” and Rich laughing his head off.) So it’s great to get into a macro mood, walk outside to gather a few subjects, and enjoy them inside. First I squirted the bloom with droplets…
…and then I increased the magnification and narrowed the focus to just the droplets on top of the yellow parts of the flower. It was a surreal feeling of discovering a magic little world amongst the droplets.
Next I tried a high-key image of some tiny white flowers from our viburnum bushes. The blooms never seem very spectacular on the bushes, but I’ve seen hummingbirds sip nectar from them, so I was curious to get a closer view. To add depth and interest to the image, I spritzed water on a piece of glass, then put the glass on my bright purple laptop sleeve. Pretty!
My last image of the day was my favorite. I spritzed water on the tip of some grass seeds, then positioned them in water with a chrysanthemum behind. Rich said this one reminds him of stalagmites in a cave. I liked the technique, but I didn’t get it bead enough to refract enough. I will definitely try this one again! :)
You’re so creative … I struggle with that. Love to see what you’re up to. Keep them coming.