I took these photographs this morning and have been working diligently on editing them ever since. I had other posts to post I could have posted today, but these photographs were too beautiful and too spontaneous of a photographic moment to not blog about immediately. I love it when that happens… I walked outside this morning, to take the dogs out, and noticed beautiful morning dew drops scattered all over our backyard. Ever since I photographed the pouring rain one day, I have been yearning to photograph drops of water. But I wanted this to happen naturally, rather than create a manipulated set-up of water drops. These dew drops were sitting upon every single blade of grass in our lawn and on every single spiderweb attached to our flagstone wall. I was mesmerized by their subtle, simple and, yet, beautiful presence. The minute I crouched down to begin photographing these drops, two yellow jackets buzzed pass me to collect water from them. I don’t know why, but I have never witnessed this spectacle before… insects collecting water in the morning. It was incredible to see our world on a macro level; it was another world all together, actually. This spectacle was similar to watching the animated film, A Bug’s Life, only it was really happening before my own two eyes. Maybe I’m a dork, but I found this sight pretty cool. I photographed a few shots of the grass blades and then, my sunglasses fell off… again. But I placed them in a spot close to the drops I was photographing… and continued shooting. I dug the way the meal and tinted glass was aiding in creating a wet, cold sense to these drops. That is how I tried to edit these photographs… like my previous raindrops posts… I wanted these drops to, not just be photographs of dew drops, but documents of their realistic presence in combinations with how I’m observing them. In other words, I found beauty in these simple drops and, therefore, wanted those emotions to be read within these compositions as well. I chose to render these in black and white because I love how the black and white makes these drops appear wet and cold. The color made the compositions feel warmer and less wet. If that makes any sense. 🙂 The last three of this set were rendered in color because I loved the color of the flower too much to take out. They feel a tad bit warmer, but they were in the shade with a dark backdrop underneath, so I still found them to be beautiful in color. Who knows, I may change them to black and white later. But for now, I hope you enjoy this series of morning dew drops.
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