Heidi Egerman  

Roselily in High Key by Heidi Egerman

April 2021 - Roselily in High Key

About the Image(s)

I have been working with a group that is learning techniques for high-key images using a light box.
This is one of my better attempts. And flowers are generally some of my best subjects whether I’m shooting high key or low key with my light painting. In this case I shot this with exposure compensation set at +2 and did some auto bracketing. My new light box is a new overhead LED light, 24” x 48” from Lowe’s. This is a perfect light for these kinds of image and much cheaper than the ready-made light boxes you find online.
1/8 sec; f10; ISO 200; 60mm lens

4 comments posted

Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
High-key photography is so much fun to play with when it's outside your comfort zone! I did some during the pandemic prison period. I would suggest a variable light intensity source from the front to slightly minimize the shadowed area - which seems to be "boring" in comparison to the spotted leaves around it. Other than that central tube, everything else is vibrant and yet delicate.   Posted: 04/10/2021 18:26:48
Heidi Egerman   Heidi Egerman
Thank you Trey for taking the time to comment and critique.

I think you are right. I've started using an additional light to highlight areas that just don't seem to have the intensity of the rest of the image because the light is coming from the back. I could also fix in post, but I think it will work better during the shoot. My little light painting flashlights do the trick.   Posted: 04/11/2021 10:35:51

Ian Cambourne   Ian Cambourne
Compositionally this is a very strong image Heide. The tones and textures of the flower are very good, but how could you increase the separation of the bloom from the background? Then the petal edges may appear more definite and defined?   Posted: 04/15/2021 06:43:14

Jay Joseph   Jay Joseph
Very artistic and creative photograph Heidi. Beautiful colors and choice of flower with the petals in that stage of blooming.   Posted: 04/20/2021 21:09:47


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