P52/Week7: Backlighting

“John Loengard, the picture editor at Life, always used to tell me, ”If you want something to look interesting, don’t light all of it.”
― Joe McNallyThe Moment It Clicks: Photography Secrets from One of the World’s Top Shooters

This week took a different route for me.  The weather didn’t want to cooperate with my work schedule, so I found myself getting very creative!  How about we try backlit-indoors-using everyday appliances-OH-and low light!…could work-right?  Well, in my opinion, yes, it can work…it just takes a little imagination and determination to make it work…….

As you may know, Photo 52 is a collaborative project I am working on with several other talented photographers, we 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.  Here is my image for week 7 of backlighting…..

Up next on your tour is Jill Cassara.  She is amazingly talented and has an intense passion for photography…While your looking at this weeks perspective by Jill, also check out the rest of her blog and website!!

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