Staying with Spring

Flowers-(6708)These tulips may be past their prime, but I still wanted to try my hand at lighting them. The clear vase begged for some backlighting, so I went for the conventional bright field. The backlight was arranged with a strobe through a white cotton sheet, with black fabric on either side to help define the glass edges. The flowers were lit with a key light to camera left, and slightly higher up, with a 66cm softbox. Image taken with the 30D and 17-40mm lens at 31mm. Processing involved only some selective curves for contrast enhancement and a hue/saturation layer for minor adjustment to the colours.

This study was also an excuse to set up the Manfrotto 1314B background support kit, which was a joy to use. Didn’t have to extend this to its full height or width for this shot, so can’t really say whether it starts to become wobbly then. It felt as stable as any of my Manfrotto gear, so can’t complain. The designers definitely deserve some kudos for the stackable stands (a pair of 1052BAC’s), which allows them to pack up together in a very compact way.

As always, you can click on the image for a larger version; comments welcome.


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