Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Photo Challenge: Macro…raindrops in the French forest

Posted: October 13, 2014 in Nature, Phoneography Challenge, Travel
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We stopped to look at a lake and I wandered off to take photos of some more mushrooms.  On my way back, I spotted this, another example of why I’m enthralled with close-ups of water drops on flowers, leaves, etc.  Turning the camera sideways and lowering it made the difference in this shot.  How fortuitous that this week’s Phoneography Challenge is “Macro.”  🙂


  1. Suzanne says:

    clever photo 🙂

  2. Beautiful. The drops are like diamonds. 😀

  3. ledrakenoir says:

    Fascinating… 🙂

  4. Janet, do you use a special lens to get this macro effect? I have been admiring this photo over and over this morning.

    • No, I just use my iPhone 5S. For this shot, I got as close as I could and made sure the camera was focused on the drops. Sometimes I get back and a shot I think will be marvelous is out of focus, always a disappointment. Then because I wanted to have the drop standing up, I turned the camera sideways and dropped it down (and I was also crouching.) That gave me the angle that I think worked so well in this shot. The only editing I did was the vignette “frame” and a tiny bit of shadow to make the drops pop even more. I’m so happy you like it so much!


  5. Really like the way the veins from the leaf come through the water drops as well as the subtlety of the forest background. Well done. Happy Photo Challenge.

  6. helenscribe says:

    The delight is, you even notice these kinds of things in the first place. So few do. The poetic eye, plus a whole lot of excellent technique.Thanks for reminding me, this life around us is so amazing.

  7. helenscribe says:

    Reblogged this on helenscribe and commented:
    Remind yourself, from time to time, small things matter.

  8. Wow, They look like jewels 🙂
    Happy Monday


  9. Dee Clark says:

    Just beautiful! I’m always amazed at the clarity of the Iphone 5 compared to my 4.

    • Dee, this is my first smartphone and iPhone and the camera is one of the main reasons I got it. I’m very happy with it.


      • Dee Clark says:

        Welcome to the smartphone world! I’m so happy that you are enjoying your camera and phone. Your picture is gorgeous. I really love my IPhone but not crazy about the camera on the 4 but it could be user error. Soooooo…I keep finding inspiration and working with it until I am able to upgrade. Lovely having your input and happy to have found your blog. Have a great day!

      • Dee, I’m glad you found me, too. I don’t know how the 4 was, so I can’t give you any specifics for it, but just keep trying. You might try Googling, too, and see if there are any hints for using the 4 or getting apps that might help upgrade.


      • Dee Clark says:

        Janet, we had a big rain last night so I headed outside this morning and had a go at shooting some macro photos with my phone. I didn’t have a lot if time so it was just a quick, “what will this thing do”…and who knew that an Iphone took such awesome macro photos? You did, right? (And probably millions of other Iphone users 😉). I will definitely take some time to get some better shots but thank you for your inspiration! Have a great day!

      • Hurrah, Dee!! The great thing about digital photography is that you can experiment…and then delete if needed! Have fun. That (not the hokey pokey) is what it’s all about.

  10. cd1972 says:

    Wow, very nice shot!

  11. Beautiful clarity, Janet.

  12. Angeline M says:

    Beautiful macro. The raindrops look like polished stones.

  13. ooo – I love it. Very cool.

  14. […] was inspired this week by my new blogging friend, Janet, from This, That and The Other Thing. I had no idea that my Iphone would take macro photos…I know, I’m pretty shocking when […]

  15. I absolutely love this photo. The drops appear to dance on the dry oak leaf. The drops are also mini magnifying lenses which accentuate parts of the leaf. Amazing!

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