These shots are mostly from a local environment that I feel privileged to live in. It is certainly inspiring and there’s an endless supply of photo opportunities.
These images are set up to create intentional compositions using a macro lens, a bottle of water, and a small painting on paper. The camera is aimed straight down shooting through the bottle to the colored image below. Some drops of water are placed on top of the bottle to create interesting shapes and compositions that play against the painting. These started with some daubs of paint on watercolor paper, no less, to create the particular palette of color.
This “drawing” technique involves intentional movement of the camera using quick up and down patterns or circular motion. I always use the manual setting, since it does require adjustment of shutter speed and aperture to get interesting results.