Every photograph tells a story - or two: the ones we set out to tell and those that happen behind the scenes in our attempts to bring them to life. This weekend past, I handed in my first assignment for Tabletop Photography. We were required to shoot in four different lighting conditions, one of which was harsh, direct sunlight.
Our shores have been bereft of any such thing since summer supposedly began last month but I waited and hoped against hope. One grey day rolled into the next and I had begun to think that I would have to submit incomplete work when suddenly - early on Sunday morning - the sun peeked out from behind a particularly angry looking cloud.
Barely believing my luck I raced to gather up my props, setting up my tableau as pristinely as I possibly could under the circumstances. I had chosen to shoot flowers and - with no time to lose - I yanked them from their bush and plonked them in a glass of water, straggly stems and all.
I felt it as I reached for my camera. It was, quite unmistakably, a drop of rain. Once again, I hurriedly gathered up my props and headed indoors. Ten minutes (and a near-monsoon) later the heavens cleared, the sun came out in all its harsh, direct glory and I was able to capture the images you see above.
Do you have any behind-the-scenes stories of your own to share? I would love to hear them! You can read my very first one here.