When I have been browsing through images I have always loved close up images with water droplets. Some of the most inspiring ones, the water even magnifies another subject in the background. I wanted to experiment creating this type of image. Since the dandelions have come out in force closing from the yellow petals and opening again as white spores ready to lift off with a slight breeze. I picked a few ripe weeds and brought them inside so I could photograph them in a controlled environment.
I had a few ideas on how to add water to the dandelion, use an eye dropper to place droplets where I wanted them, another was to flick water at the weed and then there was the direction I went. I decided to fill an old window cleaning spray bottle with water and in the kitchen spray the water over the dandelions to have a sprinkling of water landing on them. The first attempts were pretty crude and it took a while to get it right. The first pictures I took were of whole heads, after this I started blowing away some spores and then spraying them with water to get a more action and less uniformity in the shots.
These images have worked well as a first step in a learning process. One of things I learnt is I need the droplets not to dry out as fast as they did. The answer I found is to add sugar to the water.
My next step I feel is to take a spray out into the great wide world and do this again in a less controlled environment.
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