Daffodil Three Way

As you will know by now, I like to spend time messing about with the photography thing, exploring possibilities, not towards a specific end but more as experience for future reference – something I would recommend to anyone, no matter what their skill/knowledge/experience level.  (When was the last time you picked your camera manual up and checked out  what your camera can do?)

I thought I’d try out some simple lighting on a daffodil, that I supported in a milk bottle. I thought you might be interested in the results.

The shot above is a from a simple hand flash set at an angle to the front, with a supplementary reflector to the other side to kill as much of the shadow as possible.

This one is with flash onto the white card behind the daffodil.  I particularly liked the effect here.

And the third one is similar to the first but with a black card instead.

In hindsight, I should have brushed the pollen out of the trumpet but hey, it was only an experiment.



23 thoughts on “Daffodil Three Way

  1. Interesting experiment 🙂
    The first one has an etheric feel to it – very nice. The second one has more body without losing its transparency – I like them both. The contrast in the third one is a bit too harsh for my taste, really. It doesn’t really do justice to the flower… Am I again being a bit too critical? 😉

    • I only ever want people to say what they think – not what they think I want to hear, if that makes sense.
      In retrospect, I tend to think of daffodils as ‘hard’ flowers, so I don’t mind the ‘harsh’ label. I think if I were take a similar approach in a more considered subject I might try to soften the lighting further.

  2. Hi Stephen,
    I love the almost transparent quality of the third one. Very delicate. A nice idea to do examples.
    I agree with picking up the camera manual. I did so this year to pursue learning of the dials and settings. I have not(so far) re-set the dial to AF…

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