Charissa Lansing  

Porcelain Warbler by Charissa Lansing

February 2021 - Porcelain Warbler

About the Image(s)

The subject (a hand-painted, porcelain Blackburnian Warbler) was placed on an oval wooden stand and positioned on a small table covered with black fabric. The image was cropped to reveal only the surface edge of the oval stand because the horizon line between the table and black background (foam board) was detectable. Back lighting was incorporated to better separate the subject from the background. Spot metering directed toward the bird’s eye was used and I suspect that the reflective paint on the pupil contributed to the appearance of a catch light. (Note: This is likely a model of a female or immature bird, because the males are known for their fiery orange plumage on their throat and face.)

My camera (Canon Rebel Xsi) settings with the EF24-105mm f/4L lens were: Focal length: 67 mm, exposure 20 sec, f/16, ISO 100. This is another light painting attempt and required the use of a tripod, cable release, and flashlight (BYBLIGHT 800 lumens)

9 comments posted

Georges Dormoy   Georges Dormoy
Nice composition. Good lighting. Well mastered. This photo demonstrates that you have a good understanding on controlling lights.   Posted: 02/07/2021 15:05:13
Charissa Lansing   Charissa Lansing
Welcome to the group, Georges! I look forward to admiring your images.

Thank you for your comments. Yes, this was mostly about exploring lighting effects but the subject also holds some sentimental value for me.   Posted: 02/10/2021 13:39:31

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Lovely image. With a house full of Lladros, I really must try this technique one of these days. Your lovely work certainly gives me the incentive. Well Done!   Posted: 02/08/2021 13:21:30
Charissa Lansing   Charissa Lansing
Thank you for visiting and for your kind words. How wonderful to have a house full of Llados, lucky you!

I have found working with light painting to be rewarding and the pre-visualization involved has helped me really think about the effects of lighting. Hope you have fun with it, too.   Posted: 02/10/2021 13:37:22

Dick States   Dick States
Great composition. I really like the lighting on this. Just wonder how you know, when light painting, when enough is enough so that you don't over do the light? There is a quality about the lighting on this image that makes it very comfortable to view. I don't know if this makes sense or not. Like the background and the frame. Great image.   Posted: 02/10/2021 20:22:58
Charissa Lansing   Charissa Lansing
Thanks, Dick. I think I understand what you are asking and will try to better explain my approach. Initially I examined the effect of only a main light and then had to pre-visualize how to move the light to best reveal the details, separate the subject from the background, and provide a sense of the subject's contours. I made several attempts before I could get a good balance between the front and backlighting for this single exposure. For example, too much time delivering front lighting could result in flat unattractive light and/or blow out details, and not enough would fail to reveal important details. With regard to backlighting an insufficient amount would fail to separate the subject from the background and too much, especially directed as rim light might make the subject appear over sharpened and harsh. In addition to timing these estimates and inspecting the results, diffusing, and rapidly moving the light helped to soften it and make the image balanced and more pleasing to me. Thanks so much for asking.   Posted: 02/10/2021 22:47:48

Janet DiMattia   Janet DiMattia
Hi, Charissa.
Very beautiful capture - so pleasant to look at!
Interesting to read your detail reply to Dick's comment. You seem to have so much knowledge about proper lighting procedures . That's one area of photography I have to rely on ambient light. Also liked the way you placed it on the wooden stand.
Enjoyed your image greatly.
Janet   Posted: 02/12/2021 08:41:22
Charissa Lansing   Charissa Lansing
Hi Janet, Thanks for your comments, but I have lots to learn about lighting and trying to study the effects through trial and error helps me.
I found several excellent exercises to practice with as explained in the text: Light - Science and Magic (An Introduction to Photographic Lighting) by Hunter, et al. published by Focal Press. I think it's in the 6th edition now but used copies of earlier editions are widely available.
Perhaps other members are familiar with this book?

  Posted: 02/12/2021 09:07:24

Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
Lovely. Masterful. Lighting is great!   Posted: 02/19/2021 17:26:36


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