I soon discovered that my most appealing pictures were of the flowers I took early in the morning -- just after the flower beds had been watered. Those dew-drop size water droplets gave my images more "pop" and interest.
The flower in the picture above was taken on my desktop studio. It catches the eye and is sharp enough to show every detail. However, to me, it looks like a typical flower picture. This is where my experimentation began.
But it's the look of this second picture that I find more appealing. The rain drops add more interest to the picture to hold the viewer's attention.
So is there a simple technique for achieving the same results in the field?
I tried several approaches:
- Indian rain dances to provoke the gods and initiate a small rain shower
- Seeding the clouds over the flower fields to entice a brief moment of rain
- Stealing the gardener's hose -- which was never long enough.
That's my secret, portable rain shower. I found that a used and cleaned nasal spray bottle has all the benefits of Mother Nature without the uncertainty. The bottle is only 3 inches high by 2 inches wide. It holds about 2 ounces of water and is leak-proof. Best of all it produces a fine mist of water that is controllable and exactly mimics rain or heavy dew. It fits neatly in my pocket or camera bag and is always close at hand. And no one has ever been concerned when I spray a mist of water on their flowers.
I close this tip with the picture above. I took this picture while at a flower show using my water-loaded, nasal spray bottle. The technique gives flowers that extra little spark of interest that intrigues the viewer.
I hope this tip comes in handy for you as well.