Over the last three months, we have had some gorgeous warm, sunny weather, but, correspondingly, very little rain. Everything is starting to get very dry, so it was something of a relief when the weather decided to provide us with a long slow soak over Sunday and Monday.
By yesterday evening, the rain had stopped so I took the opportunity to get out in the garden and make some pictures of where the rain had fallen on some of our plants.
Just for fun*, I thought I would take the diametrically opposite approach to the one in my last post. So, this time I decided only to use techniques that could be emulated in a darkroom, and also go for very restricted depth of field. So, no focus stacking, just moderate to wide apertures, monochrome, and a little toning and contrast adjustment in Lightroom.
*98% for fun; 2% because the intense green of the foliage overwhelmed the graphical elements and textures, thus monochrome.
Edit 12 June 2011. It rained again.
I think normal weather service is resumed here in Kent. I'll just keep adding pictures to this post when I get any, to avoid a proliferation of fundamentally similar posts.
Some more from one of our Spirea bushes. I find the water droplets on them fascinating: the leaf surfaces must be quite hydrophobic because a lot of the droplets make little balls, held up by surface tension. Surprisingly different from our bay bush, for instance: that has shiny waxing looking leaves, but the water tends to spread over them more, and is not repelled by the surface so much.
Yesterday - 17 June - it rained all day. Not so much after the rain, as getting soaked taking pictures while it poured.