2014—High Key, Low Key
I noticed a few water drops on the back of the petals of a gerbera daisy I had just placed in a vase. I thought it would make a good shot. I photographed it on a white background and after seeing the results, and noting how “high key” the shot looked, I decided to try a similar shot with a “low key” effect, moving the flower to my black granite window seat. I took the “high key” shot with my OTT lights as the light source. When I moved the flower to the window, natural daylight provided the light source.
I ended up using different apertures because when I moved to the granite, the reflections were distracting so I had to blur them out with a larger f/stop. And, my placement of the petals in the second shot was not as effective as in the first but I noticed that too late to correct it. Still, I love photographs with dark backgrounds, so I think I prefer the second shot.
Focal Length 56mm, ISO 100, f/7.1, 1/50
Focal Length 52mm, ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/40