Another quick visit to London’s Kew Gardens, this time not for the dazzling colour of the waterlilies, but a simple leaf dotted with beads of moisture. I was on the hunt for this on another damp, drizzly April day, and Dermot spotted this. Time to stoop down and create a macro shot.
Another nearby leaf, plus a dripping succulent from one of the hothouses provided some more natural dampness, which I decided to render in monochrome.
Now I’ve read on many photography websites that it’s worth taking a water diffuser out on trips so you can replicate morning dew and moisture, particularly on plants.
I know that it doesn’t happen all the time, but I prefer to capture moisture when it actually happens and make the most of the opportunity I’ve been lucky enough to catch.
It could be an unusually damp April afternoon, or a foggy morning in November. It’s best to take your chance while it’s there.
Is it worth faking something as simple as a leaf dappled with water droplets? Maybe if you’re on a professional shoot and needs must to create an effect.
Personally, I prefer photography in the raw and as it happens. Do you have any strong views on this?