When I decided that I was going to stop under a tree for a while to let the shower of rain pass before heading home, the weather looked like this.
Not even half a minute later, I was very happy I had stopped! Because the wave watching got a lot better as the wind drove larger wave over the lake, and also because the rain got a lot heavier and I was semi-dry under the tree. But that makes for some fun drop photography!
All those little wave rings look so cool!
And it’s impressive how a little wind quickly changes the wave field on the lake, too.
After all the professional drop photography I talked about yesterday, here is some of my own from a walk that I took after the amazing and slightly overwhelming experience of giving the laudation speech at the opening of an art exhibition.
Below, I really liked how the wave rings have such different sizes and amplitudes depending on whether they were made by rain drops or ducks (you might have to click the image to enlarge to see what I am talking about).
And below, I love so much about this picture. The long waves with the very small amplitude that are coming into Kiel fjord from some far-away storm. The short waves and small scale turbulence that is created where wave crests just manage to flood a step on the staircase, but the water then flows off it again during the next wave trough. The small speckles made by rain drops. The fact that it seems to almost be summer again because the beach chairs are back! And, of course, that I caught the splash and the flying drops of the wave.
I read this poem by E.E. Cummings on Saturday that really speaks to me. It ends in
“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me)
it’s always ourselves that we find in the sea”
I’ve been trying to take good pictures of drops falling on water for a while now, but somehow it always ends up meh-ish. These kind of situations look so pretty when you are watching, but then pictures never do them justice.
But then my mom sent me the picture below. Doesn’t it look like an impressionist painting?
And zooming out you might be surprised that the lily pond is actually pretty small:But this picture has inspired me to set up a dripper so that I have full control over the conditions, and take pictures of drops falling on water. One day, that is – right now I’m pretty comfy on my couch :-)