“KISSED BY THE LIGHT”
My personal goal is to interpret the theme with a photographic, not always literal, perspective or technique. For the theme “kiss”, I opted to keep trying low-key lighting with a flower that has been ‘kissed’ by the light. My vision this week was to create an image of a subject that has been very lightly illuminated, with a very dark background, conveying a sense of light washing over only the tulip.
Low-key is a terrific challenge. It’s actually a simple technique that brings instant drama to an image. I read an article that described the technique as “illumination and elimination”. Illuminating just the subject, or a portion of the subject – and eliminating ambient light.
I understand low-key contains mostly dark colors and tones, but because it’s almost Valentine’s Day and the theme is “kiss” – I went with the pink tulip instead of a darker tone. The result is a striking contrast created by reduced lighting. All it takes is a camera and one light source. After I took many shots, I realized one of the tricks is not to allow any light to reach the background. Lack of light puts all focus on what light is allowed to stay.
It’s a very controlled atmosphere, paying close attention to light and shadows to achieve the vision. Precise application of light is required in order to control the shadow detail. I used a household flashlight, with all other lights off. Last night I went to a macro photo workshop where I was reminded to turn OFF the vibration compensation when using my tripod; and it made a world of difference with my focus for this shoot.
Easy. And hard. I love this lighting challenge.
Am I stretching the theme? Maybe…but it doesn’t matter…for me, the point is to keep trying new techniques, keep looking for new compositions, always with a goal of making a great photo that includes my own interpretation of the weekly theme.
Low ISO of 100, long exposure of 3 seconds at f/9 for full focus, spot metered. Thanks for stopping by, comments are welcome!