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IMG_0020 Back-lit Calibrachoa Blossom



7-10-2013

7-10-2013
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12 Comments | Report
stu-clinton
 
stu-clinton July 10, 2013
great lighting well done
srimanta
 
srimanta July 11, 2013
excellent... :)Sri
Juliamclean PRO+
 
Juliamclean July 11, 2013
Just stunning....congratulations.....well deserved!
victor13
 
victor13 July 12, 2013
looking beautiful, great capture!
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AlanJakarta July 12, 2013
Gorgeous shot. Congratulations.
jleiweke
 
jleiweke July 14, 2013
Congrats!
Farah
 
Farah July 14, 2013
pretty!!
EverydayLivingMoments
 
EverydayLivingMoments August 09, 2015
Fabulous!
luluruck
 
luluruck August 30, 2015
Great!
thomasborn
 
thomasborn September 07, 2015
very nice :)
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wendyjamesaldridge September 13, 2015
Where did you get your light?
ktfly13
 
ktfly13 September 22, 2015
really beautiful
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Thanks very much.

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Behind The Lens

Location
I purchased a hanging basket of Calibrachoa flowers to use as a backdrop for Hummingbird photos in the backyard. On this particular afternoon no Hummingbirds showed up but I noticed that the late afternoon sun was backlighting the flowers. I took the camera off the tripod and got close to this blossom and positioned myself so that the background behind it was deep shade to make the blossom stand out.
Time
This was an afternoon shot probably around 5:00 or 6:00 PM so the sun was low in the western sky.
Lighting
The backlighting was the thing that got my attention in the first place so I composed and processed this image to bring that dramatic lighting out.
Equipment
This shot was done with my very first DSLR, a Canon Rebel XS and a Sigma 70mm EX DG Macro lens.
Inspiration
I've always been a fan of backlighting so I'm always on the lookout for that situation. Some of my best images contain backlit subjects and this one is no exception.
Editing
All the post-processing was done using Adobe Photoshop Elements 7. I left a little room in the composition to allow for a slight crop, reduced the exposure, increased the blacks and contrast then saturated the colors to make it pop.
In my camera bag
Over the years I carried lots of different gear but my current setup includes a Canon T6i camera body, Canon 10-18mm wide angle, Canon 18-55mm kit lens, Canon 55-250mm telephoto, a small collection of circular polarizer filters and ND filters.
Feedback
Always keep an eye out for dramatic backlight, it can do wonders for you images from portraits to nature to landscapes.

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