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I decided to use the strong sunlight yesterday & combine my 'live view' experiments with a little backlighting.
I set up my small light tent on the garden table outside & made sure the sun was coming in through the back.Exposure was a little tricky & I found that over exposing a couple of stops maintained both a clean white bg & good colour on the flower.I did try a touch of fill flash but it looked a little false with all that light around & reflected off the petals.
Live view worked well although I struggled to actually see the monitor in the sunshine & had to shade it with my straw hat...comes in useful sometimes Wink
I picked a selection of different flowers from the garden,this is a Poppy I grew from seed,it has huge pink flowers & light coloured stamens.I hope it self sets for next year.

F8 manual mode & live view
1/200th sec with tripod & light tent
ISO 400 to avoid movement in the breeze & maintain shutter speed
Pattern metering
F/L 105mm

Raw file converted in C1v4
Levels adjusted & border added in CS3
I like the way the light has come through the petals,showing all that lovely papery texture.

Thanks for taking the time to look.
Janet xx

Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Sigma 105mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Backlit Poppy
Username:chase chase
Uploaded:27 Jul 2008 - 7:26 AM
Tags:Backlighting, Close-up / macro, Flash / lighting, Flower, Flowers & plants, Garden, Petals, Pink, Poppy
Votes:75
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Buffalo_Tom
Buffalo_Tom e2 Member 82322 forum postsBuffalo_Tom vcard Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2008 - 7:32 AM

A really beautiful image,love the light and details are superb.
Tom.

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dwarf  652 forum posts United Kingdom
27 Jul 2008 - 7:34 AM

a stunning shot , beautifully handled dorothy

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VIKI
VIKI  8 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2008 - 7:35 AM

How lovely and delicate it looks too.

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cjl47
cjl47  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2008 - 7:53 AM

Beautifull shot, your experiment worked extremely well.
chris

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Barbaraj
Barbaraj  7450 forum posts England
27 Jul 2008 - 7:59 AM

Wonderful detail. Well done.

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ann_g
ann_g  10 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2008 - 8:15 AM

Beautiful

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2008 - 8:22 AM

lovely so delicate looking

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cattyal
cattyal e2 Member 96030 forum postscattyal vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2008 - 8:58 AM

It's come out really well - maybe I should find my light tent and play outside as well! Good move to dump the fill-flash - every time I've tried it on a flower shot I've disliked the result. If I really need some extra light somewhere a mirror tile or a bit of white card usually does the trick Smile

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TelStar
TelStar  9116 forum posts United Kingdom
27 Jul 2008 - 9:06 AM

Magical shot, Janet. Just made a note of all that - tent, stops, sunshine . . . and straw hat.

Tel*

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chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England239 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2008 - 9:08 AM

Thanks all..
Terry..the most important bit is the hat !! Wink

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sunshot  9 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2008 - 9:13 AM

i think that this is one of your best to date Janet, i simply lovr this
excellent capture and a beautiful presentation

marc

p.s thanks for sharing the tech details

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AlleyCatz
AlleyCatz  8274 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2008 - 9:14 AM

I think all your effort has really paid off Janet.
The image reminds me of one of those old botanical prints.
Its really beautiful.
Excellent Janet.

~Alley~

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baxster
baxster  6 England
27 Jul 2008 - 9:28 AM

superb close up shot,well done.
ian

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SWMahy
SWMahy e2 Member 6SWMahy vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2008 - 9:43 AM

I like this! Thanks for sharing how it was done too...I may give it a go myself.

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Albertajune
27 Jul 2008 - 10:57 AM

A really beautiful image. Wish I could take them like this.
June

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plugin  9 Canada
27 Jul 2008 - 12:14 PM

Beautiful!
Jim

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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England239 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2008 - 12:25 PM

Thanks all.
Steve..I'm pleased that you will be able to use some of the info...good luck !
Marc..no prob with the details...I put them here so that I will remember them too.Lovely compliment,thankyou Grin
Janet xx

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dianah
dianah  724474 forum posts United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2008 - 1:22 PM

Absolutely beautiful Janet..wonderfully delicate and simple but catches the eye at once.
Di

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27 Jul 2008 - 2:01 PM

Super wook nice detail excellent composition.
Brian

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JouŠo  1056 forum posts Finland
27 Jul 2008 - 4:21 PM

wonderful.......

Jouko

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piccy  8 Wales
27 Jul 2008 - 5:35 PM

A beautiful composition. Hope they grow again for you too.
Freda

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MalcolmS e2 Member 91067 forum postsMalcolmS vcard England13 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2008 - 6:13 PM

Beautifully captured and presented Janet

Malcolm

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27 Jul 2008 - 6:48 PM

Beautiful light and flower detail and presentation.
Pauline.

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Wooly
Wooly  8112 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2008 - 6:48 PM

Very nice bit of AF work here Janet.

Alan

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C_Daniels  9399 forum posts England10 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2008 - 6:52 PM

A classy take on a poppy Janet,

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chris-p e2 Member 864 forum postschris-p vcard England
27 Jul 2008 - 8:42 PM

Very very classy Janet...

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bricurtis e2 Member 91899 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2008 - 8:43 PM

Very,very,very nice Janet. You have pulled off a beauty here.
Love the delicacy of the centre viewed large.The inclusion of the green leaves work so well in this too.
Brian.

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chase
chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England239 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2008 - 9:51 PM

Thankyou all.
Thanks for the nice comments Brian,I kinda like this one too.

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Cabit  7104 forum posts England
27 Jul 2008 - 10:20 PM

Superb work, thanks for the info.
Dave

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28 Jul 2008 - 9:00 PM

Beautifully positioned in the frame for maximum effect ...... love how delicate the leaves and petals look.

gill

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bricurtis e2 Member 91899 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2008 - 5:27 PM

Love this - just had to put my Brian's Commended award on this Janet.Smile

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chase Critique Team 91118 forum postschase vcard England239 Constructive Critique Points
31 Jul 2008 - 6:48 PM

Thanks for that Brian,a really nice award !

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Mavis
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1 Aug 2008 - 9:19 AM

Superb Janet . Love the lightness , colour and compsition . xx

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