Light So Bright -- How I Got That Shot

May 13, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Amid sorting and packing and house plans, etc., I do get out for periods of time.  As I've mentioned in previous posts, the neighborhood has beautiful landscaping.  The flowers seem to bloom in never-ending succession.  These white flowers bloomed last week, and I loved the way the light was playing on them.  I hoped to get back to them the next morning but it's been raining and the magic light I was waiting for is not available currently.  Maybe they will still look so good in the next couple of days.

The sun was so very bright and it can be difficult photographing white flowers (or white anything.)  It's too easy to overexpose the white and lose the details.  I've learned that I have to disregard the light meter built into my camera on these occasions and shoot much faster, allowing less light in.  I had to drop down so far that the entire background, the rest of the garden, was blacked out.  I like the look.  I love the texture of the petals, the contrasts between the bright whites and the dark background.  Shooting with a macro lens and an f-stop of 3.5 helps to blur and separate the background from the subject.

Light So Bright (UT)Light So Bright (UT)

I hope that you enjoy the image.  It seems that it has become tradition to post images of flowers for Mother's Day.  Share this with your mothers, and to all the mothers and mothering persons, Happy Mother's Day!


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