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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 9 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 9 4 3 England
27 Jul 2008 7:53AM
Beautifull shot, your experiment worked extremely well.
Barbaraj 10 450 England
27 Jul 2008 7:59AM
Wonderful detail. Well done.
ann_g 13 19 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2008 8:15AM
cassiecat 9 39 46 England
27 Jul 2008 8:22AM
lovely so delicate looking
cattyal Plus
12 8.2k 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 12 116 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2008 9:06AM
Magical shot, Janet. Just made a note of all that - tent, stops, sunshine . . . and straw hat.

chase Plus
12 1.1k 246 England
27 Jul 2008 9:08AM
Thanks all..
Terry..the most important bit is the hat !! Wink
sunshot 12 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 11 274 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.

27 Jul 2008 9:28AM
superb close up shot,well done.
SWMahy 9 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 Plus
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 11 7 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2008 2:01PM
Super wook nice detail excellent composition.
JouŠo 13 56 Finland
27 Jul 2008 4:21PM

piccy 11 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
13 5.2k 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 12 399 10 England
27 Jul 2008 6:52PM
A classy take on a poppy Janet,
chris-p Plus
12 66 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 Plus
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 10 104 England
27 Jul 2008 10:20PM
Superb work, thanks for the info.
GillyB Plus
12 317 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 Plus
12 1.1k 246 England
31 Jul 2008 6:48PM
Thanks for that Brian,a really nice award !
Mavis Plus
15 143 2 England
1 Aug 2008 9:19AM
Superb Janet . Love the lightness , colour and compsition . xx

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