Friday, July 10, 2009

Viva sempervivum!

I purchased this sempervivum plant specifically to photograph because I love the way the little spiky things stick out and look backlit even when they're not. I spent a lot of time this afternoon shooting it and will post the images as I process them. I used a 100mm macro lens and, just for the heck of it, turned off all the lights and then lighted the plant with a flashlight. Woo hoo! It glowed like crazy! And then darned if I could place the flashlight just right again. I never got this same lighting situation even though I tried a number of different angles. I have a short attention span and not much patience, so I moved on. But doesn't this look cool? I was shooting at ISO 200, 1/6 second at f/8. I purposely underexposed the shot by 2/3 of a stop to keep the look dark and glowing. ©Carol Leigh


gottago said...

Magical. Dramatic. This photo really brings home the importance and role light plays. I love it.

Every photo you post is an original idea....just like the original thoughts you jot down in your little books.


Carol Leigh said...

Thanks, Linda. Very much appreciated. Am going to begin publishing some of those "little book" pages in the new "photomotivation" series coming up. -- Carol

gottago said...

I'm glad you are going to publish your "cute little books". I'm envious of your creativity and all the new ideas (like the "photmotivation" series) you come up with to honor your ever changing gift of creativity.