Mark Laussade  

Backlit by Mark Laussade

May 2020 - Backlit

May 2020 - Mark Laussade


About the Image(s)

This was taken on a recent birding hike. I like to shoot flowers as well. Thought I'd take advantage of the backlighting. The high ISO was an accident, but helped me make a sharp image. Cropped an converted to a B&W profile in Lightroom. Contrast then increased by lowering shadows and darks and raising hilights and whites. In Photoshop, I painted over distractions in the background with black. Finally, in Silver Effex Pro, I added a thin white frame. I think that a color image would have been less impressive and would not have survived the contrast exaggeration.
Fuji X-T2
1/2200 sec at f5.6
ISO 1600

6 comments posted

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
(Groups 4 & 58 & 72)
Mark, this is beautiful. With the abstraction of the background and transforming into B&W has made this image very interesting. Very sharp. It took the contrast very well.   Posted: 05/06/2020 19:43:31

Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
Although the touch of blue in the original is delightful, this image certainly cried out to be presented as a Monochrome, it is much more, to my eye, effective as such.The backlighting brought out the little hairs(?),the nature lovers will take me to task) on the plant so effectively. Well done Mark.   Posted: 05/08/2020 19:37:24

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
This is such a wonderful image! I agree with Barbara that the backlighting on the plant hairs is spectacular! And, Mark, I really love how you've used the backlighting to give a bright rim to the leaf on the bottom right. Very well done!

Your choice of cropping the sides and bottom of the photograph feels perfect. However, I might consider adding just a bit more headroom at the top of the image.

I like how you've framed this photograph. Somehow the white border seems to emphasize the flower and white hairs. Nice!

  Posted: 05/09/2020 12:24:59

Mark Laussade   Mark Laussade
Thank you all. I agree about the headroom.

  Posted: 05/09/2020 13:51:38

Stephen Mayeux   Stephen Mayeux
Mark, very creative. I never think of turning a flower into B&W because I'm usually shooting flowers with bright colors. Your vision to take a backlit subject and turn it into a B&W image really catches your attention and will make me search for similar photo opportunities in the future. Well done.   Posted: 05/17/2020 07:53:43

Nick Muskovac   Nick Muskovac
You have done a masterful job of turning a color image into a fine monochrome. The white fuzzy stems show very nice against the black background. The white border gave it the finishing touch.   Posted: 05/21/2020 20:11:38


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