Charissa Lansing  

Rose Trio by Charissa Lansing

October 2020 - Rose Trio

About the Image(s)

I have always admired the sense of joy and calm that I associate with high-key images and wanted to create this effect using a simple light painting technique (which I learned this summer in the PSA course on this topic). So this is a recent attempt at another in the dark, long exposure, flashlight (BYBLIGHT 800 lumens) photo.

My camera (Canon Rebel Xsi) settings with a 100 mm macro lens were: exposure 20 sec, f/32, ISO 100. I tried to give the impression of a key light directed from high camera right toward the forward facing rose and hoped this would be reinforced by the soft shadow behind the white pitcher. The most challenging part was to get the base of the pitcher to almost dissolve into the white background and thus direct the eye toward the rose trio.

5 comments posted

Janet DiMattia   Janet DiMattia
Hi, Charissa.
Beautiful delicate portrayal of the roses. You did capture the sense of calm and joy you were looking for. Just the right amount of sharpness and color tones to achieve that goal. My only suggestion would be is to have slightly more shadow to the base of the pitcher on the right to delicately emphasize that side of the pitcher.
Very lovely image.
Janet   Posted: 10/17/2020 09:42:50

Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
Gorgeous! Love the fading at the bottom and the just pretty, pretty, prettiness of the roses. Would be as effective in a Fine Arts group as it is in this one. I envy you for your mastery of the technical issues involved. I'm working at it, but progress is slow . . . .   Posted: 10/17/2020 16:57:17

Tracy Szela   Tracy Szela
Lovely high key image. I love the softness you portrayed, without having soft focus! Well lit and laid out subject too.   Posted: 10/17/2020 17:32:50

Dick States   Dick States
I love this image. So easy to look at and take in the beauty. So glad you shared this with the group. Well done.   Posted: 10/18/2020 16:09:55

Nancy Rich   Nancy Rich
(Group 65)
This is a gorgeous photograph! I agree with what Tracy wrote that you portrayed "softness" without having a soft focus. The vase is outlined so well. Bravo!   Posted: 10/20/2020 15:27:51


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