Weekend Photography Challenge #433 Black!

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  • #403664

    Tersha
    Keymaster

    Black subject, black background, mostly black with a hint of colour,
    Could be … low-key, product photography, still-life, portrait, etc …..

    https://www.lightstalking.us/still-life-photography-in-five-steps/ by Valery

    https://www.lightstalking.us/creative-still-life-photography-ideas/ by Federico Alegria

    https://www.lightstalking.us/low-key-lighting/ by Federico Alegria

    https://www.lightstalking.us/high-key-low-key-moderate-adjustments/ by Sheen Watkins

    https://www.lightstalking.us/getting-started-with-low-key-portraiture/ by Dzvonko Petrocski

  • #403665

    Michael
    Participant

    • #403792

      Dorothy
      Participant

      Michael: Very cool.

    • #403802

      Tom M
      Participant

      Yes,really cool Mike. Marbles?

       

      • #403827

        Michael
        Participant

        Tom, In a sense they are marbles, but very large glass spheres made by Dale Chihuly. These are part of a Chihuly exhibit at the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg, Florida. This was a hand-held shot, so I had to use the lens wide open and thus the narrow depth of field. I wish I had brought along a tripod. Next time! Michael

    • #403836

      Gray B
      Participant

      Second look, my eye went to the reflection off the glass.  Yes, with wide aperture, you’ve to pick a focus spot and I think you picked it right. Can you imagine spending time with camera at the Chihuly studio?

    • #403905

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Yes,very cool Micheal.

  • #403680

    Dave Watkins
    Participant

    A snapshot for dog lovers.

    • #403791

      Dorothy
      Participant

      I love all critters. This guy, gorgeous.  I like that the man is wearing S*** Kickers, with a dog that big you would need those. 🙂

      • #403832

        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        There were a number of dogs at this tulip festival.  Without a doubt this guy was the biggest.  🙂

        • #403920

          Dorothy
          Participant

          Now you’ve don it Dave, i love tulips! Hope you took lots of shots.

    • #403803

      Tom M
      Participant

      Man- that is one big dog Dave. What breed?

       

      • #403833

        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Great Dane. This guy and his dogs were getting a lot of attention.

  • #403685

    Andre P.
    Participant

    Inside a cathedral

  • #403686

    Andre P.
    Participant

  • #403688

    LeanneC
    Participant

    Relax

    • #403706

      Bruce Gordon
      Participant

      That’s really, really nice! You nailed it!

    • #403722

      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      I agree with Bruce.

    • #403731

      Rob Eyers
      Participant

      Lovely Leanne!

    • #403744

      Dorothy
      Participant

      Beautiful Leanne! This really speaks to me. Thank you.

    • #403783

      Mistyisle
      Participant

      Subtle yet powerful, Leanne.  You should sell copies to trendy vineyards.

      • #404475

        LeanneC
        Participant

        Neat idea, Mistyisle. I wonder if they would pay me in produce? 😉

    • #403825

      Andre P.
      Participant

      It’s wonderful. Contrast, suggestion.

    • #403837

      Gray B
      Participant

      For me -sensuous, I’ll never look at a wine bottle the same way again.  Thanks a lot Leanne ?.

      • #404014

        LeanneC
        Participant

        Ah, you guys rock. Thanks for all the kind comments. The best part? I got to enjoy the wine afterwards…okay during…alright, I had a drink before I began! LOL!

        FYI, I was using a sunlamp for the light in this shot. The set up was experimental and fun.

    • #404035

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Beautiful Leanne. Literally painting with light with just enough to create the form within the negative dark space. So very clever and masterful.

    • #404039

      JasenkaG
      Keymaster

      Beautiful and rather creative shot 🙂

    • #404070

      Robert Apple
      Moderator

      Your Photo was recognized in the Members Picks Week of May 6 Forum  ⬅ Click Here

    • #404087

      Pamela Winter
      Participant

      Absolutely gorgeous!

    • #404120

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Stunning Leanne!

    • #404149

      ElinL
      Participant

      Loved it when I first saw it – still love it 🙂

    • #404426

      This is superb Leanne. No other words. Love it

    • #404472

      Pat Garrett
      Participant

      I find this so stunning – truly draws me in

    • #404510

      Bobbie
      Participant

      Very beautiful, effective minimalism Leanne. Also agree with everything others said. I love this image!

    • #404636

      Joanna
      Participant

      Wow. So subtle, elegant and masterful!

  • #403691

    Graham Hart
    Participant

    Predator

    • #403707

      Bruce Gordon
      Participant

      Fantastic Graham!!!

    • #403723

      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      Great shot.

    • #403747

      Dorothy
      Participant

      Amazing shot! So cat! 🙂  All the black really makes this photo!

    • #403782

      Mistyisle
      Participant

      Dramatic, Graham, a great piece of lateral thinking!

    • #403804

      Tom M
      Participant

      Nice shot Graham. Looks like you just woke him(her) up out of a sound sleep…

    • #403845

      Gray B
      Participant

      I don’t think I’d leave this boy alone in my house.

    • #404008

      LeanneC
      Participant

      Love this shot, Graham. The pop of the green eyes is great.

    • #404063

      Robert Apple
      Moderator

      Your Photo was recognized in the Members Picks Week of April 29 Forum  ⬅ Click Here

    • #404121

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Very cool shot Graham!

    • #404511

      Bobbie
      Participant

      Sorry Graham. I can’t think of anything original to add. You did great work here from the composition to the focus, the editing, everything …

    • #404628

      Pat Garrett
      Participant

      Definitely “on the prowl”, Graham.

    • #404960

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Belated thanks everyone for the nice words.

  • #403704

    Click
    Participant

    Tunnelvision

    Tunnelvision

    • #403826

      Andre P.
      Participant

      Great shot

    • #404009

      LeanneC
      Participant

      I really like shots like this. Love the symmentry, Click.

    • #404036

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Love this too. The light lends a metallic sheen to the walls and the silhouettes suit the ‘jorney into the unknown’ feel of this pic.

    • #404512

      Bobbie
      Participant

      The “lurker” on the left also adds another touch of mystery and suspense.

  • #403705

    Click
    Participant

    Banker’s Holiday

    Black Cloud

    • #404122

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Very unusual shot, I really like it!

    • #404473

      Pat Garrett
      Participant

      You have some of the most unusual shots, Click. Love the perspective on this one.

    • #404513

      Bobbie
      Participant

      I agree with Pat. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Click, you have a very interesting, unique take on things.

  • #403713

    Tersha
    Keymaster

    auricula on black….

    auricula

    • #403724

      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      Really, really nice shot Diane. Those three colors work SO well together. And lit extremely well.

    • #403732

      Rob Eyers
      Participant

      Exquisite Diane!

    • #403779

      Bruce Gordon
      Participant

      Lovely, Tersha. Just lovely!

    • #403781

      Mistyisle
      Participant

      Beautiful, Diane!

    • #403805

      Tom M
      Participant

      Really excellent Tersha…

       

    • #403909

      Gray B
      Participant

      Delicate and too fragile to touch.  The yellow just pulls me into the heart of this beauty.  This is special for me.  Thank you.

    • #404010

      LeanneC
      Participant

      Perfect focus! Gorgeous shot, Diane.

    • #404037

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Beautiful, exquisite, gorgeous…all of the above!

    • #404123

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Thanks Everyone, sometimes an idea works out!

    • #404148

      ElinL
      Participant

      This is really really beautiful Diane !

    • #404353

      Robert Apple
      Moderator

      Your Photo was recognized in the Members Picks Week of May 6 Forum  ⬅ Click Here

    • #404476

      Pat Garrett
      Participant

      Velvet perfection

  • #403714

    Tersha
    Keymaster

    plantain on black….

    plantain

    • #403780

      Mistyisle
      Participant

      Very nice indeed, Diane!

    • #405022

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Not sure what they call these type of things…seed heads?…but I love the variety to be found in nature. Almost alien in appearance and quite fascinating. Nice pic Diane.

  • #403720

    P71
    Participant

    DELETED image , not feeling it at all once i posted .. sorry about this.

  • #403727

    Mistyisle
    Participant

    Late Night News!

    • #403749

      Dorothy
      Participant

      Wow.  i am probably aging myself but do you remember in school coloring a picture with lots of bright colors and then putting a layer of black paint on it and letting it dry and then scraping off areas to let the color through? this reminds me of that only it is way, way, way cooler. 🙂

      • #403910

        Gray B
        Participant

        Well, that makes at least two of us that remembers scraping black paint off fluorescent crayolas.  What a mess.  And yes, Misty’s pic took me there too. ?

      • #404477

        Pat Garrett
        Participant

        Well, now it’s 3. Messy but one of my favorite art projects way back when

    • #404491

      Mistyisle
      Participant

      Well, thanks for that feedback – Dorothy, Gray and Pat.  I have no experience about the process you comment on.  Nevertheless, if my humble project has brought back good memories, well, that is a reward in itself !

  • #403750

    Dorothy
    Participant

    You guys are killing me!  i love black and white and this challenge is awesome but you are all so good I want to comment on everyone’s work.  i will have to think about if i have anything that can join these ranks.  LeanneC – wow – after i post here i am going right over to submit you for members pick of the week, hands down beautiful.

  • #403759

    billyspad
    Blocked

    Only at night………………………….

    • #404479

      Pat Garrett
      Participant

      With the “night”,  the features of your subject really captivate.

    • #405025

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      I like the considered positioning of this shot Billy. The extra space on the left combined with the tilt of her head imparts an implied movement. The mood shines through nicely against the BG.

  • #403775

    Dave Watkins
    Participant

    I call this one “Two Fishing. Five Watching. And One Farther Back Taking Pictures.”

    • #404417

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Really like this Dave, the title is perfect!

      • #404639

        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        🙂   Thought it needed something more than just “Palm Tree Silhouette.” Should’ve removed that lowest palm frond. Oh well.

    • #405034

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Brilliant title! I’ll take a learning from that. Sometimes I fuss for ages trying to distill a descriptive sentence into fewer words when really it’s best left as is.

      I love the way the palm tree takes centre stage at first but then as they eye wanders around it’s quickly revealed as merely the support act. I agree about the frond hanging down as it competes with the setting sun for attention.

  • #403787

    Black on black. Dexter (My other Devon Rex)

    P7020071

     

    • #403921

      Dorothy
      Participant

      Beautiful David.  We always see the light colored Devon Rex, never imagined any other way.  He is awesome.

    • #404147

      ElinL
      Participant

      I really like this image of Dexter, beautiful !

    • #404418

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Love it David!

    • #405037

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Excellent colour palette David. There’s a balance to this pic which is very pleasing for a centred subject.

  • #403788

    Batman

    P9090748

    • #403790

      Dorothy
      Participant

      (low, gruff voice) batman.

      🙂 love the light on the black!

    • #405040

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Nice. So many shades of black. Looks a bit like a drawing in the facial area. Is that the real Batman or does that guy live in that costume 🙂

    • #405422

      Kent DuFault
      Participant

      This is the epitome of nailing this challenge. Super impressive!!

  • #403789

    Dorothy
    Participant

    Ok, had to join in the fun. Love what everyone is doing!  i started with this in General Photo Chit Chat as i am attempting to learn the Droste Effect.  this is one of two final results and i really like the punch of black. the other is in the General Photo Chit Chat but has no border, it is the droste effect circle i originally was trying to get to.round kites droste effect - black

    • #403806

      Tom M
      Participant

      Cool idea, wish you could have removed the wires though…

       

      • #403922

        Dorothy
        Participant

        Hi Tom, thanks.  i considered those wires and could have taken them out but felt they broke up the gray sky, it was very overcast that day. 🙂

    • #404011

      LeanneC
      Participant

      What a fun idea, Dorothy. I am going to have to try this one. It is very effective with the balloons.

    • #404419

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Great effect Dorothy, something else to try!

    • #405042

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Looks like a fun project. Reminds me of my visit to a local barber with mirrors on the walls front and back. Same effect.

  • #403807

    Tom M
    Participant

    Light painting…

     

    • #404464

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Nice still life Tom. Great colours and I like the way the teapots point toward the light source. Almost as if they’re doing it intentionally.

  • #403808

    Tom M
    Participant

    Fireworks…

     

    • #403923

      Dorothy
      Participant

      The fireworks really pop in the dark.  Nice job, personally have never had much luck capturing fireworks.

      • #404012

        LeanneC
        Participant

        I am with Dorothy – not much luck with fireworks. You did a great job, Tom.

  • #403810

    Tom M
    Participant

    “Crutchy” in Jail. A scene from “Newsies”, a local High school play recently. An excellent play by the way…

     

  • #403813

    Graham Hart
    Participant

    Lights Out.

  • #403815

    SimonParks
    Participant

    Looking forward to summer here in South East Spain:

    Black Capricorn Day

  • #403828

    Andre P.
    Participant

    Seeing such great shots here makes you want to add another one

    • #403924

      Dorothy
      Participant

      Andre P. – really like what you have done here. it pops right out of the black background. love that you used a partial dandelion fluff, it makes it unique among dandelion photos and the fluorescent/translucent colors, very cool.

    • #404013

      LeanneC
      Participant

      I actually did a double-take as I thought it was fireworks, at a glance. Really nice image, Andre.

    • #404644

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Beautiful and an unusual take on a dandelion!

  • #403855

    Gray B
    Participant

    Shoshone Mother with Child, Boise State Museum.

    Taken with my Samsung S9 and a touch of LR CC.

    Boise Historical Museum, Shoshone mother with child.

  • #403908

    P71
    Participant

    I  tried again

    • #404481

      Pat Garrett
      Participant

      Artlines in the sky – like the symmetry of the top 3 lines and arcs.

      • #405069

        P71
        Participant

        Thank you very much.

  • #403916

    P6030392

     

    • #403925

      Dorothy
      Participant

      David! Should have posted yesterday. May the Fourth be with you! 🙂

  • #403928

    Preston
    Participant

    “Lady in the Dark”

    A carving of the P-61 Black Widow, the U.S.’s first dedicated night fighter in WW2.

  • #403968

    Robert Apple
    Moderator

    Shot in extreme low light conditions, 15 seconds at a .095 apature. Camera controlled by phone and all editing on phone. Won’t be back to my PC for another day.

    Low light twilight

  • #403998

    Black on Black.

    P5040384BW

     

  • #404001

    Gray B
    Participant

    Nice wheels

  • #404023

    Holly K
    Participant

    I’m working on a still life.  Meanwhile, here is an interesting agave plant.

  • #404041

    JasenkaG
    Keymaster

    Low light session in forest

    • #404949

      Bobbie
      Participant

      Striking portrait Janeska.
      First association – Shakespeare’s Oberon

  • #404075

    chris pook
    Participant

    Hannah, BW Film;

     

    • #404126

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Beautiful Chris!

    • #405071

      P71
      Participant

      Classic , Brilliantly done.

  • #404102

    ElinL
    Participant

    The black sheep newborn (yes it is this time of the year – again)

     

    Newborn black sheep

    • #404124

      P71
      Participant

      Fantastic Shot , thanks for posting .

    • #404127

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Lovely Elin, love the light.

      • #404142

        ElinL
        Participant

        Thank you Diane

    • #404132

      bucweeet
      Participant

      Really nice Elin!

      • #404143

        ElinL
        Participant

        Thank you Paul

    • #404137

      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      What a beautiful shot. Great light.  “(yes it is this time of the year – again)” made me smile. We used to raise Boer/Nubian cross goats and kidding season, in your case lambing season, is an exciting but stressful time of year. Your image brings back many happy memories. And a few sad ones.

      • #404144

        ElinL
        Participant

        Thank you Dave. It is a thrilling and precious period of time when 400 sheep multiply to 900 within 4 weeks. The more I work with these animals the more I appreciate and love them. Thankfully we are enough good people this year so there is good hope for most of them to survive.

        • #405689

          Anne Hornsby
          Participant

          I missed this image earlier, Elin.  It is magical, the way you have the lighting brighten on its face as it looks intensely — at its mother?   What an amazing experience to see so many births in such a short period.

    • #404478

      LeanneC
      Participant

      This is beautiful Elin. I imagine the newborn soaking up the sun’s rays. Or is it a heat lamp? Either way, basking in the glow. Looks so happy to ‘be’

      • #404825

        ElinL
        Participant

        Thanks Leanne – the biggest heat lamp of all is generously keeping us warm and cosy this year. Your words “looks so happy to “be” ”  describes so well the feeling I get when I look at them jumping happily around.

    • #404514

      Bobbie
      Participant

      Another great image in your “farm” series, Elin. You created a very expressive atmosphere here.

      • #404826

        ElinL
        Participant

        Thank you Bobbie 🙂

    • #405048

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Just a wonderful shot Elin. Captures that ‘new life’ feeling so well. I can almost feel the lamb’s wonder at this new light invading it’s senses after emerging from the womb.

      I think the lit hay against the dark BG plays a strong role in describing the new world the lamb has transitioned into too. Fabulous pic!

  • #404130

    bucweeet
    Participant

    Foggy morning…

    • #404145

      ElinL
      Participant

      Beautiful image Paul, love the softness.

      • #405072

        P71
        Participant

        Very Atmospheric , I love your thinking great photo.

    • #404150

      Dorothy
      Participant

      Love it Paul.

    • #404217

      JasenkaG
      Keymaster

      I also love this moody atmosphere, great shot 🙂

    • #404421

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Wow, so beautiful Paul!

    • #404466

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      I love this, especially the one black central bush against the 50 shades of grey in the misty BG.

    • #404515

      Bobbie
      Participant

      Beautiful Paul. When I turned off the lights in the room I got a very different, much stronger feel from it. I strongly suggest viewing it in semi-darkness.

    • #404629

      Pat Garrett
      Participant

      Have a very similar shot up here Maine

    • #404658

      bucweeet
      Participant

      Thank all of you sooo much for all the nice comments!  They are really appreciated!

    • #405421

      Kent DuFault
      Participant

      Truly lovely Paul! An image like this brings me back to my earliest days in photography. Spending hours in a darkroom trying to get the tones just right.

  • #404131

    bucweeet
    Participant

    Almost Perfect…

    • #405049

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Ok, I give in. What am I seeing here?

  • #404354

    Robert Apple
    Moderator

    • #404943

      JasenkaG
      Keymaster

      This feels so turbulent!

    • #405050

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      I agree with Jasenka. I love it. Feels coastal which seems at odds with your usual wild country pics Robert. A mountain lake perhaps?

  • #404423

    Tersha
    Keymaster

    as cold as ice …..

    as cold as ice _

    • #405052

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Ice cubes! What a good idea for a photo. Love the way the light interacts with the facets of the ice cubes. I think ice cubes would be a good challenge subject.

  • #404523

    Bobbie
    Participant

    “The view from below”

    • #404890

      Pat Garrett
      Participant

      Is the climb as long and steep as it looks?

      • #404947

        Bobbie
        Participant

        It’s not actually something you can climb up to, it’s an opening (now covered with wire mesh) in the side of a tower that was built in the 14th century either as a watch tower or a minaret. The rock stairs of the tower itself are steep and a little tricky.

    • #405053

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Man I would love to go climbing in and around places like that. To be in the heart and soul of so much history, to touch those walls, to marvel at the engineering feats of a pre-industrial age. Thanks for this Bobbie. More please 🙂

      • #405142

        Bobbie
        Participant

        Thanks so much Graham. If you ever get to my area of the world, I promise to take you around.

  • #404524

    Bobbie
    Participant

    “Early riser”

    • #404630

      Pat Garrett
      Participant

      Absolutely love this.

    • #404824

      ElinL
      Participant

      Me too !

      • #404948

        Bobbie
        Participant

        Thanks so much Elin

    • #405055

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Great shot Bobbie. She must do good business to be opening what looks like a doll shop at that hour of the day? Love the light in this pic.

      • #405131

        Bobbie
        Participant

        Thanks for your comments Graham. It wasn’t really early – about 9:30am on a Sunday morning. Outside, the market was in full swing but apparently, the permanent shops in the indoor arcade (where this shop was) open later.

  • #404614

    Ed
    Participant

    Study in Red and Black

    • #405057

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      This pic reminds me of how cold it is here at the moment and winter hasn’t even started yet!

  • #404617

    Joanna
    Participant

    Hi all!

    It’s been about 6 months since I was last here, I think. In the meantime I had a lot on my plate.

    It has changed the images I do somewhat, and I have one from last weekend that I like to show here.

    I was in Charleroi (BE), a city in Belgian with a poor reputation for its living conditions. As an industrial city, it has roared until the 60’s and 70’s. Nowadays it is left with an obsolete steel industry in decay, poverty, dirt. I did a tour through the city to try and grasp the atmosphere in images. I deliberately went for limited sharpness to recreate the atmosphere of analog rather than digital times. I am not entirely sure if that was the best of choices.
    More on flickr.

    Wisper20190504-155

    • #404621

      Pat Garrett
      Participant

      Very sad, very emotional, people with little to no hope. Captured mood well. Nothing in sharp focus to me speaks of their lives – future not clear and the past fading

      • #404624

        Joanna
        Participant

        Thank you so much for your reflection on this, Pat!

    • #404632

      Holly K
      Participant

      Fantastic atmosphere and emotion.

      • #404634

        Joanna
        Participant

        Thank you, Holly!

    • #405059

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      I think you have captured the mood well in this composition Joanna. The sparse foreground reflecting the emptiness left behind as the faceless people along with the rubbled wall provide a leading line into the murky gloom of what lies ahead. They march on to an unknown and unappealing future.

      • #405447

        Joanna
        Participant

        Thank you so much for your elaborate comment on the composition, Graham. It’s very instructive to have words put to something I approached intuitively!

  • #404620

    Pat Garrett
    Participant

    Sliver of light striking a motorcycle rim

    • #404635

      Joanna
      Participant

      Very delicate!

    • #405061

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      This would make a nice diptych with Leanne’s glass and bottle pic along the same lines. Minimalism in light. Very nice Pat.

  • #404633

    Holly K
    Participant

    • #405062

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Hmmm, not a lot of black in this pic Holly.

      • #405171

        Holly K
        Participant

        You’re right.  I have to experiment more with lighting and white balance.  The material at the bottom and behind are pitch black in real life.  I tried turning off all lights except the one pointed at the vases, but just couldn’t get it.  As Lynne suggested, will also try experimenting with aperture, ISO, and macro.  Other ideas?

  • #404719

    Tom M
    Participant

    Almost Dark…

     

  • #404820

    Tersha
    Keymaster

    This was in the garden, so I had to try it…. anemone

    anemone

    • #404871

      Dorothy
      Participant

      Tersha: i love all your floras using directional light.

    • #405063

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Nice pic. The first thing I thought was how the foreround petals appear to be reaching out to the light like a hand as if wanting more.

    • #405073

      P71
      Participant

      Very very nice , nice skills to boot.

  • #404839

    Laurel-Anne
    Participant

    Our new puppy

  • #404869

    Lynne Guenther
    Participant

    Made these yellow potted flowers a bit more Easter vibes…original posted in reply

    • #404870

      Lynne Guenther
      Participant

      • #404992

        Holly K
        Participant

        Beautiful shots.  I don’t have Photoshop.  How do you get the black background?

        • #405120

          Lynne Guenther
          Participant

          Hi Holly, I wish there were a simple formula but it depends on the environment and settings. In this case i was shooting with a 90mm macro with ext tubes and a 5x diopter, all of which severely restrict light. The black background is much easier to achieve in macro because of this.  On top of that I narrowed the apperature further restricting light.

          Usually with high f stop in super macro (more than 1:1 ratio, the flowers are 5mm in diameter), you need a bright light source on the subject or high iso otherwise the whole frame is black.

          So I chose a low iso (for this type of natural light macro) and that’s why the background is black… All those factors which change based on lighting and environment. It was also crucial that there was nothing behind the flowers for 10 ft. So not enough light to reflect off the brick House and other backgrounds at that distance. I hope it makes sense. It’s all an understanding of light.

          You can also do it with non macro shots, but it takes more practice with many different environments to get a feel for it.

          • #405245

            Holly K
            Participant

            Thanks for the tips, Lynne!

    • #404872

      Dorothy
      Participant

      Nice Lynne! i like the pastels, they pop off the black background.

    • #405064

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Nice colour work Lynne. Not sure what the Easter reference is but I like it.

      • #405106

        Dorothy
        Participant

        Easter means lots of different pastel colors, for Easter Bonnets, Easter Eggs, Easter Outfits, etc.  At least that’s what i understood Lynne to mean.

  • #405837

    Kent DuFault
    Participant

    Mariachi Band Dressing Room

    Black Objects Hanging

  • #406795

    John Thompson
    Moderator

    The black background is important to this image.

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