This week I eventually settled on a theme of backlit images. I had a similar theme earlier in the year, before I got my flash, and while I think I’ve improved and changed since then, that week sticks with me as the beginning of my obsession with artificial lighting.
Singing in the rain – This is one of my little Lego dolls, which I have photographed several times before. I wanted to give the impression that she was dancing in the rain (though my mother later pointed out that she looked like some kind of zealot, and unfortunately I have to agree). The puddle and splash were created by pouring water through a net, and the image was lit by flash aimed at the wall behind the scene.
Irrevocable pessimist – I’ve seen many beautiful images on 500px of glasses with perfect rim light, but I must now tell you that it is nowhere near as easy as it looks! After much adjusting, I finally got this image. My flash, behind an umbrella, was slightly to the back and the left of the glass. I think the trick is getting the light at the right angle; more to the side than the back.
Broken strumming – This is my brother’s old, broken guitar again. I originally wanted to light it with rim light, before realising that that is actually really difficult, and too much of a feat for such a hot day. So, instead, I aimed my flash at the wall behind the guitar and tried to make the best out of those lovely curves.
Spectacles – these are actually my glasses (I was forced to wear my prescription sunglasses while I shot the image). I wanted to create a studio-type of shot. I aimed my flash, which had a blue gel on and a tight zoom of 105mm, at the wall behind the glasses.
Radiant cathode – Near the beginning of the year, I saw an image on 500px of a backlit, monochrome lightbulb, and at the time I had no idea how to achieve such an image. Well, I’m proud to say now that I’ve tried, I think I’ve surpassed the previous image (or at least I’ve surpassed my memory of the image)!
Mannequin – This is my mother’s jewellery holder lady, who had her head-branches removed. I originally strung jewellery from her arms, before deciding that I liked the plain silhouette better.
Lonely cab – I’ve wanted a little model car to incorporate into my photos for a while now, and finally found a shop near us which is selling them cheaply. This is actually a little police car, but I wanted it to look like an cab during the sunset. I created the yellow tone from attaching two orange gels to my flash. I quite like the resulting fine-artsy feel.
Enjoy the rest of your week!