Dew drops sparkling on English dandelions provide the inspiration for photographer Sharon Johnstone, who uses 'macro' lenses, flashes and even special effects such as coloured gel backgrounds to capture dew looking like jewelled orbs.
Johnstone says that her nature shots can also be spur-of-the-moment and instant. 'I might find the perfect dew drop on a blade of grass and get the shot straight away,' she said.
'I have always loved photography. These days I spend very little time in my art studio, my passion for photography having completely taken over,' says Johnstone.
'I think I am at my happiest when I am crawling around on my hands and knees exploring a small patch of moss dripping with sparkling dew in the early morning sun.'
The photographer uses a Canon 7D, Canon EFS 60mm f2.8 macro lens and up to three Canon EF25 II extension tubes, as well as a Canon Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX flash to capture her shots.
The macro flash really helps with lighting,' says Johnstone, 'I have a drawer full of things I have collected for backgrounds. Colourful feathers, wrapping paper, coloured lighting gels, sweet wrappers. Another effect I sue is spraying flowers or using a small syringe to place single droplets - this can be fiddly, especially for my needle and pin shots.'
'For something like the pin and needle shots, just placing the droplets can be a challenge and then getting everything focused and the background blurred can be tricky and might require quite a few attempts. With the nature stuff, it’s more about finding that compostion that ticks all the boxes. I might find the perfect dew drop on a blade of grass and get the shot straight away.
'With macro photography I escape to another little world. I love exploring the tiny details in nature that often get over looked. I love finding beautiful colours and abstract compositions within nature and can even get passionate about photographing moss or a blade of grass.