June 2019, Staffordshire, England. © Pete Hillman.
Today I had my late birthday present come. My first speedligh flash unit, the Nikon SB-700. The weather has been rather dismal, and I thought I had been transported to autumn it has been so damp and cold here. However, between showers I manged to get a few shots in to play with my new toy. I guess I have some learning to do to get the best out of it. But it come with a nice case, some filters, a diffuser and a bounce card. I just need to get the experience to go with it.
Rear garden, Staffordshire, England in the rain, again. June 2017.
This was one of those unprepared moments that we all get at times. I was warming the car up and cleaning the windows of night rain, getting ready to go to the supermarket when I spotted this single red rose in bud. The droplets of water collected on the unfolded petals looked so beautiful in the morning sun I just had to stop everything and go and get my camera to take this final shot you now see here.
Photograph taken November 2016, front garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2016. Camera used Nikon D7200, with Nikon 18-55mm lens.
We actually needed some rain for the garden, and this morning, between showers, I popped out into the garden with camera in hand to take a few shots of the magic the rain had left in its wake.
These tiny raindrops filled with light were taken on the long slender leaves of my Montbretia (Crocosmia) plants, which had suffered to varied degrees during the exceptional hot weather of late.