Saturday, January 07, 2006

Backlit Leaves


I was trying a little backlighting photography, where the subject is lit from behind. I haven't tried much of this before. For this photo I put two leaves from my ivy plant (as you can see I am lax about watering) on my soft box. I had to tilt the flash head all the way up and turn the flash down to the lowest setting to avoid over exposing the image. I think it turned out pretty well for my first time trying this.

10 comments:

Chopper said...

This really is great - I can't believe it's your first try at this (for the DPC challenge?). I think the composition is really strong - nice work. It looks like it would be a great stock image =;-)

Karen said...

Thanks chopper. I only recently got flashes & a soft box, I had no way to try it before. I entered something totally different in the backlighting challenge at DPC.

-Matt said...

Very nice image - it's tough to backlight without the edges going wonky and here they don't - I like it! :)

Laurie L. Black said...

Gorgeous shot!!!!! I love the composition, and the colors are exquisite. :)

Nordia said...

totally doesn't look like your first try at this. Wonderful colour and composition here. I like the dichtomy of large and small, and the almost complementary colours here. Great job.

kaye said...

Wow.. your first try? Very impressive! I like your choice of leaves and the little stems... makes for a pleasing composition. Well done!

Franziska said...

Karen, it turned out really nice. Not just the lighting and everything, but the juxtaposition of the two leaves (my watering skills match yours, it's my husband that keeps plants alive around here) works really well.

MattO said...

I think your shot looks great. Certainly doesnt look like your first attempt. Well done. The composition of using one green and one brown leaf is an asset.

A1275 said...

Simple, yet elegant. The orange leaf is really excellent.

Chuck (Hye5) said...

Perfect lighting and composition... a wonderful job!