September 8, 2013 - 7 went

My Favorite Photo Of The Week

I am working on my low light photography skills. PLEASE CRITIQUE! I can take it. f3, ISO 800, 1/160, 105mm macro lens

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Added by Cheryl B.
on Sep 12, 2013.
 

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  • A former member

    This shot kind of works. I'm curious what this would of looked like with your aperture at like say 5.6 or 4.0. It would of been interesting to see maybe some fill light on just the flower bunch in the middle but not to much. Maybe like a very concentrated spot at a very low level? I think everything around the flower bunch is exposed very nicely and would hate to lose that by metering the darkness of the flower bunch. You have to remember that these are all just opinions and ultimately I believe that it is more about what you like. What looks good to you? Personally I like the shot but as I mentioned I may have played around a bit with the lighting and or metering and Aperture.

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  • Cheryl B.

    Thank you so much for your comments Steve. You are right. I wished I had taken more of the same shot metering at different areas. I will remember that. Thanks again. Very helpful comments!

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  • A former member

    Don't we all? Wished we could of taken a certain shot with more of this or that, that is. Isn't that what it's all about? Going out getting a shot of an image that we have in our head then get home to find out it's not maybe quite what you wanted or sometimes you get a nice surprise and get something better than we could of hoped for. If I had a dollar for every time I wished I could of gone back and done it a little different I would have a new Canon 1DX...not that that would make my pictures any better. I love this group just for the simple fact of what I have learned from the other photographers. There are some talented photographers in this group and I love looking at their images and the fact that they share their knowledge... Some of the images are very inspirational to me. It's the ones that in some way or another speak to me that I love. Isn't that what photography is all about?

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  • Cheryl B.

    Now that you mention it that way, I guess your right. I thought I was the only one that got home with the shot that didn't quite look as it should. I am going to keep working hard at it till more of my shots give me that nice surprise you mentioned :).

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  • A former member

    When it comes to the physics of light and optics, the aperature has little effect on the dynamic contrast between a dark subject and a sunlight backround. Not much can be done without an additional light source. A large piece of white cardboard or poster paper set next to the camerma to reflect your window light back at the flowers is a more sure method. Also most new digital cameras have a "High Dynamic Range" option that shoots two images on high continuous, one exposed for what the meter reads, the next 2 or 3 stops high or low and combines them in camera. But, reflectors have worked for still and cinema photograghers for decades. Once you lower the dynamic contrast between your subject and back light you can adjust your overall brightness to suit your subject without turning your back light into a distraction.

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  • A former member

    Thanks for your input Paul, The suggestion of aperture variance was more about seeing how maybe the shot would have looked with the candle more in focus. Maybe I should have clarified that. I do understand that aperture does not have any effect on dynamic range. But it is good information for those who maybe do not know so thanks. HDR is always an option for creating wide dynamic range but maybe not for those who do not use processing software and or do not have the in camera HDR option. I think that the number of camera bodies out there do not have in camera HDR, out weigh the number or cameras that do. I try and get my shots in camera due to the fact that I prefer not to spend hours in front of a computer but this is just a preference. I like working with light and the reflector suggestion is a great one but in this particular shot I'm not sure this would of been a great option because as I mentioned I think the exposure for the rest of the shot is great (just an opinion) and would hate to change that by reflecting light on the entire scene. I guess if you had the right size reflector it would work. Just another tool. I work a lot with speedlites and they are pretty easy to manipulate and I think a speedlite with a snoot on manual power would work pretty good in this situation. All in all I love how Cheryl's image has gotten us to think about this shot. That's the part that I love and it's always great to get input from my fellow photographer friends...so keep it coming!!!

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  • Cheryl B.

    Thank you Paul and Steve for your thoughts and ideas! I have been wanting to give the HDR a try. I have a class coming up in November that hits that subject. Thanks again.

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  • David D.

    You guys hit all the right points. The only thing I can add differently if I was composing the shot would be to use a real, lit candle to hi-lite the sharp focus of the bouquet, bringing warmth to the scene while keeping that beautiful bokeh in the background.

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  • A former member

    That is an awesome idea. Definitely thinking outside of the box. the warmth would be nice in this shot.

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  • Cheryl B.

    Absolutely. I love the idea of a lite candle. I need to get more creative like that. Thanks for your input David... And Steve.

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