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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

Day 254-64-2

Focal Length 52mm, ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/40

Day 254-105

2 responses

  1. Susan


    September 13, 2014 at 6:41 am

  2. Melinda

    Beautiful, Carol! I like the first best- but not because of the white background (you know I love the white). I just think the composition makes it a perfect photo. Really lovely!!! So- did you hear about the D750???

    September 13, 2014 at 7:28 am

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