Catching the dawn dancing in raindrops has to be one of the happiest experiences for a natural light photographer. Anyone can take these kind of photos and I guarantee that even trying to capture light in this way will bring you into a joyful and magical world. Ever wondered how to do this? Here are my top tips.
Blurry backgrounds with sharp subjects are a favourite of mine but the shiny glow of “bokeh” (a Japanese word for those little dancing fairy lights) adds an extra magical dimension. Begin by having the subject, in this case the budding flowers, close to you. Next, either get in very close to the subject or if you are using a DSLR put you aperture setting down to the lowest possible number. This will immediately put a distance between the subject and the backdrop. Creating blurry backgrounds work best if you can maximise this distance between what you are focussing on and the background.
One of my favourite photo opportunities is when there is a lot of moisture in the air; raindrops, lakes, rivers, dew, frost. All of these conditions will trigger bokeh and you can have fun watching how the light makes worlds within worlds in even the tiniest drop of rain.
Photographing anything with water as a backdrop will definitely give the lens a feast of bokeh! It also helps to shoot into the light rather than having the light behind you. Get down as low as you can in relation to the horizon……and yes this often involves lying down and getting wet clothes!!
A bonus tip would be to set out at dawn or dusk when the light is soft and angled in a particular way. A combination of dawn light, frost and thaw, is magical. See examples in this earlier post capturing tiny dancing rainbows……
Photography is all about creating magic with light……and it’s a wonderful occupation……
Also this week you can read an interview with yours truly in the My Creative Life Series over at Tara Leaver Artists Blog. Tara makes art and runs courses to support others in establishing their creativity. Check it out!