Karen Botvin  

Backlit Orchid by Karen Botvin

July 2024 - Backlit Orchid

About the Image(s)

This month’s image was taken in my home studio as I have been working with different lighting techniques. I shot these orchids with my Nikon Z7-2 with a 24-120mm f/4 lens attached at 76mm and tethered to my computer. I set my ISO at 50, f/11 @ 1/200 sec. I used two flashes with one set lower and behind the orchids facing the background. I used a grid and a blue gel on this flash to create the circle behind the orchids. I hand held the second flash and came up underneath the orchids. In LR I increase the clarity, texture, shadows, blacks and vibrance sliders by +7-11 points. I really liked the detail that came out as a result of the backlighting. What do you think?

2 comments posted

Melissa Cramer Sonnen   Melissa Cramer Sonnen
Wow. First, the diagonal placemenet is a winner, espeially with the detail becoming greater as the orchids trail down. Next, the lighting on the flowers themselves is what most of us try to achieve. Light on the flower faces is enough and there are shadows to provide detail. The touch of blue fading gently away from center adds interest, but does not distract at all. I think I will try to emulate this one.   Posted: 07/08/2024 09:22:44
Karen Botvin   Karen Botvin
Thanks so much for your kind words. I've been working on lighting techniques and the results are starting to come together. Photography really is all about the light!   Posted: 07/09/2024 08:00:45


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