Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Indoor Flower Photos
I tried something the other day - just a little experiment... A few irises had fallen over in the garden so my husband brought them in and put them in a vase on the kitchen island. There are some bright lights above the island and they really made the flowers glow.
I wanted to take some photos of the light on the flowers but the background of the kitchen was far too distracting. So I grabbed a 12 x 12 sheet of plain black cardstock to use as a backdrop.
I found out that you could angle the paper to reflect the light differently - in the shot above, I was leaning the paper back a bit so the lights over the island were hitting it directly.
When I tilted the paper a little bit forward, I could get this dark black background. Unfortunately, by the time I tried this, the flowers were already starting to wilt - they just don't last very long at all inside.
I think the effect is very dramatic. Next time I will try setting up the tripod to make it easier to get a very sharp focus (it is hard to work with one hand on the camera and one holding the paper!).
I've been busy sorting and tossing all sorts of things around the house. I've started in the kitchen, but no room is safe! I had a few things in the back of the cupboard that expired quite a while ago...they are gone and now I have more space!
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