Travel. It is not an option every weekend or so. If you have a semblance of a garden, potential photographs and, more importantly, opportunities to practice your craft are just steps away. Along with layered mountain ridges, water drops on plants are a draw for my photography. Fortunately, both are usually available to photograph during poor light conditions.
Shooting Notes: Even though going in the garden to shoot is convenient, composing is quite a bit more difficult than shooting a landscape scene. for me. Since these garden shots are bordering on macro photography and typically shot with the lens wide open, setting up the camera/tripod is especially important. There are bigger risk of including an element in the background that is not intended – whether it is color or leaf from another plant or a chair or landscape light. Second, with a standard tripod, it is a tad more challenging positioning the tripod just right for a shot as the adjustments are minute. This usually puts me into a mindset of shooting off-tripod. Of course, shooting wide open, even just a slight movement can throw your primary element (water drops in this situation) out of focus. I have several images of water drops inside a slightly curled leaf shot without a tripod. Upon closer inspection in post, the water drops were ever so slightly out of focus and pretty much not usable.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 35mm (prime lens), f/2, 1/100 sec
Cameron Park (CA), Water Droplets, Dead Leaves. Cameron Park, CA. December 31, 2016. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.