Quick Tip: Filming Dew Covered Wildflowers Even When Mother Nature Doesn’t Cooperate

When you think of early morning woodland scenes dew covered flowers and spider webs instantly come to mind.
There’s nothing I enjoy more than being up at first light on a still quiet morning and filming the morning dew before the sun begins to climb high into the sky and the modern world begins to wake up.

The problem is that conditions need to be right in order to have a dew covered landscape.

Time to put on our white lab coats for a little science.
The dew point is simply the temperature at which air becomes saturated with moisture. Warm air can hold more moisture than cold air.
So if a thin moisture laden layer of air comes into contact with say a flower or spiderweb that is cooler than the air layer, the moisture will begin to condense on the flower or spiderweb into what we know as dew.

If a large area of air is chilled to its dew point then you have fog.

Ok, we can take the lab coats off now.

So, not only do the weather conditions have to be right, your schedule has to cooperate as well. Sometimes our schedules don’t allow us to film no matter how perfect the conditions are.

Here’s a quick and easy method that allows you to film dew covered flowers and spiderwebs most any day of the year. If you’re into nature videography you’ll want to add this tip to your repertoire.

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And as always, shoot the ordinary and make it extraordinary!

Kevin J Railsback is a wildlife and nature filmmaker

About the Author:

Award-winning filmmaker Kevin J Railsback has traveled as far as Africa to test HD cameras for Panasonic.
His stunning nature and wildlife footage has appeared in productions on National Geographic, Animal Planet, Discovery Channel as well as in commercials for such corporate giants as AT&T.

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