Last of the current crop of raindrop-centric works; labeling these as the “current crop” is misleading because I’ve captured so few of these in the past, and these are absolutely the first to include foliage and florals. Capturing weather related shots can be a matter of being in the right place at the right time with the right equipment, starting with the motivation to be there.
True nature and wildlife photographers (and, again, I’m not a photographer, I’m a damn photo artist) have to be supremely dedicated to their craft. They have to haul mountains of equipment miles into the boondocks and sit there through the elements for god she only knows how long before they get what they need. There is a level of planning and precision and perseverance in their work that I am in awe of.
For this series I traveled the miles to the great wilds of both my back and front yard gardens on a day I was blessed with a soaking rain followed by a dead calm that allowed the raindrops to collect on leaves and flower pedals and me to line up photographs. But … I guess I could argue … the dearth of these kinds of shots in my portfolio suggests perseverance in waiting for them. That the foliage and florals which became the subjects are only there because I planted them, there’s the planning. Timing the captures to the correct lighting, there’s the precision. Having hauled all my equipment and established a studio here in my own boondocks.
All my life I have had to learn to do things differently. To see the world differently.