Day 144 – Hosta after the rain

In my garden I have a hosta, the lovely green leaves looks lovely for a few days once it springs to live from nothing and then it becomes a firm favorite with snails, slugs and other garden insects who seem to have a feast on the leaves. Today I noticed that it was covered in rain drops, so I went outside to have a closer look with my macro lens and created some detailed images of the leaves. This is not something I would have considered trying before I started blogging and opening up to experimenting with new ideas.

I had my canon 100mm lens on the camera today, and then I enhanced the photos in Lightroom by editing the histogram to bring our the full range of colours.

ISO100, F5, 1/250sec
ISO100, F5, 1/250sec

Going in close it was amazing to see what could be captured inside a rain drop that was resting on the leaf.

ISO100, F5, 1/250sec
ISO100, F5, 1/250sec

I like the abstract feel to the above image, the shallow depth of field brings detail to the end of the leaf only.

ISO100, F5, 1/250sec
ISO100, F5, 1/250sec

When I got close, there was so much to discover within the Hosta plant, the leaves were different shapes, the raindrops sat on top of the leaves and some of them had run underneath too… the more you looked, the more there was to see.

ISO100, F5, 1/250sec
ISO100, F5, 1/250sec

It amazed me how some of the raindrops were flat and others perfect sphere’s balanced on the leaves. I had never really noticed this before, it is quite a feet of nature.

ISO100, F5, 1/250sec
ISO100, F5, 1/250sec

I just loved seeing if I could capture a raindrop sphere and it was amazing how it was balanced on the contours of the leaf.

ISO100, F5, 1/200sec
ISO100, F5, 1/200sec

Changing angles and moving around the plant, gives a whole different feel to the image that I am trying to capture.

ISO100, F5, 1/160sec
ISO100, F5, 1/160sec

The raindrops emphasized the detail on the leaves and in some areas of the plant lots of them had collected together, it almost looks like the leaf is bending under the weight of all the raindrops and that there is a slow leak with the one pooling underneath.

ISO100, F5, 1/200sec
ISO100, F5, 1/200sec

The leaves draw you into the plant … I think there is much more to my hosta than I imagined.

ISO100, F5, 1/200sec
ISO100, F5, 1/200sec

still experimenting….

ISO100, F6.3, 1/160sec
ISO100, F6.3, 1/160sec

Trying a different angle, I managed to capture to the sky and surrounding plants in three of these drops, although I feel some of the other drops in this image are too distracting.

ISO100, F6.3, 1/400sec
ISO100, F6.3, 1/400sec

Less is more … I tried to look for less drops… for the above shot I was not on an even plain of view with the drops I wanted to capture, and the sphere at the bottom is distracting as it looks like it is trying to burst.

ISO100, F5, 1/200sec - converted to monochrome
ISO100, F5, 1/200sec – converted to monochrome

The power of three – three rain drops all sphere, evenly spaced and different sizes – I turned into monochrome and I really like the effect. I think it is a really calming shot, the lines and circles complement each other and you have really no idea it is a hosta… so I find myself looking at it for longer.

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