Light Painted Orchid
It’s interesting to discover what is possible with a little experimentation. The orchid here was sitting on a countertop in a dark room, with a black piece of cardboard behind. The camera was on a tripod, set on “B” for bulb. With a cable release the shutter was tripped, and a small penlight used to paint the orchid with light. With modern digital cameras you can experiment at will with both exposure time, and the way you use the light. This particular frame was shot at f16 with an exposure time of 37 seconds. No studio or expensive lights required. That doesn’t mean I didn’t wish I had a studio, just that sometimes you can get by without.