Bringing a little color back to the blog. So there’s a post Valentine’s day vase full of roses sitting around here…what’s a guy to do? Bring out the tripod and penlight for a little flower light painting of course. This was taken at 200mm using my Canon screw-on magnifying close up lens attachment, on my Sigma zoom, on my Nikon camera. I try not to get bogged down by brand loyalty. This was about a three second exposure at ISO 200 with a weak penlight. The light must be weak for you to have any time to manipulate it. Next time I might try dropping the ISO on the camera to one of the special lower settings.
I had a nice light painted single gerbera blossom, but what to do with it? Rather than post a disembodied single blossom, I made it a triple and there you go, for whatever it’s worth.
Dark Kitchen + Countertop + Black Foam Board + Gerbera Daisies + Camera + Tripod + Weak Penlight = This
I did a little experimenting with light painting again last night. A flower closeup, courtesy of my Canon close up lens on my Sigma 70-200mm lens. Shot at ISO 400 at f/11 for 7.1 seconds. During that time I was painting the flower with a little weak penlight, including some light from behind. I thought it turned out fairly interesting, especially the yellow “nucleus”. For anybody wanting to try something similar, I find that you really do need a weak penlight, one of those more modern LED blazing models is too bright, the exposure will be too short to do anything creative, even at a low ISO. Of course, your mileage may differ.
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.