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Backlit Poppy

By chase
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

Tags: Poppy Flower Pink Garden Petals Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Backlighting Flash and lighting

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Buffalo_Tom 11 2.3k 9 Wales
27 Jul 2008 7:32AM
A really beautiful image,love the light and details are superb.

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dwarf 10 52 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2008 7:34AM
a stunning shot , beautifully handled dorothy
VIKI 11 18 1 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2008 7:35AM
How lovely and delicate it looks too.
cjl47 10 4 3 England
27 Jul 2008 7:53AM
Beautifull shot, your experiment worked extremely well.
Barbaraj 11 450 England
27 Jul 2008 7:59AM
Wonderful detail. Well done.
ann_g 14 19 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2008 8:15AM
cassiecat 10 39 46 England
27 Jul 2008 8:22AM
lovely so delicate looking
cattyal Plus
13 8.5k 6 England
27 Jul 2008 8:58AM
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
TelStar 13 116 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2008 9:06AM
Magical shot, Janet. Just made a note of all that - tent, stops, sunshine . . . and straw hat.

chase 12 1.1k 246 England
27 Jul 2008 9:08AM
Thanks all..
Terry..the most important bit is the hat !! Wink
sunshot 13 24 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2008 9:13AM
i think that this is one of your best to date Janet, i simply lovr this
excellent capture and a beautiful presentation


p.s thanks for sharing the tech details
AlleyCatz 12 274 6 England
27 Jul 2008 9:14AM
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.

baxster 10 England
27 Jul 2008 9:28AM
superb close up shot,well done.
SWMahy 10 21 2 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2008 9:43AM
I like this! Thanks for sharing how it was done too...I may give it a go myself.
27 Jul 2008 10:57AM
A really beautiful image. Wish I could take them like this.
plugin 13 1 Canada
27 Jul 2008 12:14PM
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
27 Jul 2008 12:25PM
Thanks all.
Steve..I'm pleased that you will be able to use some of the info...good luck ! prob with the details...I put them here so that I will remember them too.Lovely compliment,thankyou Grin
Janet xx
dianah 11 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2008 1:22PM
Absolutely beautiful Janet..wonderfully delicate and simple but catches the eye at once.
IMAGESTAR 12 7 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2008 2:01PM
Super wook nice detail excellent composition.
JouŠo 14 56 Finland
27 Jul 2008 4:21PM

piccy 12 8 Wales
27 Jul 2008 5:35PM
A beautiful composition. Hope they grow again for you too.
MalcolmS Plus
12 1.2k 13 England
27 Jul 2008 6:13PM
Beautifully captured and presented Janet

exposure Plus
14 5.9k England
27 Jul 2008 6:48PM
Beautiful light and flower detail and presentation.
Wooly 12 112 4 England
27 Jul 2008 6:48PM
Very nice bit of AF work here Janet.

C_Daniels 13 399 10 England
27 Jul 2008 6:52PM
A classy take on a poppy Janet,
chris-p Plus
12 67 England
27 Jul 2008 8:42PM
Very very classy Janet...
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
27 Jul 2008 8:43PM
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.
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
27 Jul 2008 9:51PM
Thankyou all.
Thanks for the nice comments Brian,I kinda like this one too.
Cabit 11 104 England
27 Jul 2008 10:20PM
Superb work, thanks for the info.
GillyB Plus
13 317 8 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2008 9:00PM
Beautifully positioned in the frame for maximum effect ...... love how delicate the leaves and petals look.

bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
31 Jul 2008 5:27PM
Love this - just had to put my Brian's Commended award on this Janet.Smile
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
31 Jul 2008 6:48PM
Thanks for that Brian,a really nice award !
Mavis Plus
16 143 2 England
1 Aug 2008 9:19AM
Superb Janet . Love the lightness , colour and compsition . xx

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