Project52/Week5: Backlighting

“When you photograph a face . . .you photograph the soul behind it.”
– Jean -Luc Godard

I have always loved the dreamy hazy summer photographs of children running in fields-with just the right amount of light filtering in behind them…This type of photography has always been an area I struggle with………This week Photo 52, a collaborative project I am working on with several other talented photographers, will embark on a new overarching theme referred to as backlighting.  Simply put backlighting is when a light source is behind the main subject. Whilst some might find it counterintuitive to shoot into the light, the effects can be quite magical.

By having the light behind your subject, the finer details of an object can be enhanced as well as the capture of some lovely silhouettes.  Landscape photography works well with backlighting, especially with translucent flowers and foliage or rim lighting of animals and objects in the background. Even atmospheric elements such as haze, fog, steam or mist can be intensified and therefore alter the mood of an image.

We will be spending the next four weeks using backlighting in our images and digging our heels in creatively with this fairly advanced technique.  Below is my first take using this technique.

Next up in our creative blog circle is Jessie Wixon. Take some time to check out Jessie’s site and blog HERE.


4 thoughts on “Project52/Week5: Backlighting

  1. What a beautiful moment – so hard to catch boys looking so peaceful and contemplative. I love what the hazy brightness does with his hair.

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