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dennis w. mcclain
 

backlighting flowers


JUST GOT INTO TAKING FLOWER PICTURES. I WAS WONDERING IF THERE IS A TECHNIQUE TO BACKLIGHTING FLOWERS..ECT IN THE FIELD? WOULD A REFLECTOR WORK?


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3/3/2007 7:21:34 AM

 
W.    Better than a caps lock key.


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3/3/2007 7:24:02 AM

 
Linda Buchanan   I would like to see a serious answer to this too. With Spring arriving in the South I would like to get out more this year and try some flower macro pics. Thanks for asking this question. I hope we get some response.


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3/3/2007 8:42:17 AM

 
Samuel Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/21/2004
  i have one photo of backlighting in my gallery dennis.one.a rare catch.at least what I think to be backlighting.
10 to 20 minutes after sunrise.
boy,the right angle,light intensity,and will you be there to catch it?
i'm chuckling on the reflector thing.isn't that like shining a flashlight in a mirror?just thinking outloud dennis,ya know,where ya gonna put the reflector?
ahh well,sam



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3/3/2007 8:32:06 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  Silver reflector. I don't think white is going to give the effect you want. Mirror. Or flash.
And it's possible to use a flash for back lighting even if the sun is behind you. A sync cord or remote, you can over power the sunlight due to the flash being close proximity. Place it behind the flower and the flash combined with the available light can be over the sunlight, giving you the back lit highlights around the edges.


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3/3/2007 11:29:29 PM

 
Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  Carry a small flashlight into the field.
When used in sunlit conditions with outdoor film (or digital setting), the flashlight produces an amber tinge...similar to the light of a rising or setting sun.
This light can be pointed at the subject from any direction and can be easily filtered for color balance or effects by taping a small piece of colored cellophane over it.


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3/4/2007 3:44:24 AM

 
dennis w. mcclain   yea a silver reflector was what I was thinking. if I could place it high and behind I think I could get some backlight without lens flare or getting the reflector in the shot. that the idea im gonna try. might try the flashlight thing. I got a 5000 cp flood. that should do the trick dont you think lol


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3/4/2007 7:09:41 AM

 
W.   
Lastolite reflectors are good. But expensive.
http://www.lastolite.com/originalreflectors.php

Better to first experiment with foamcore panels from Home Depot. Or with D-I-Y reflectors: sprayglue crumpled/wrinkled-then-stretched aluminium foil onto a panel. Then iron flat. Tada!


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3/4/2007 11:39:36 AM

 
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