Friday, January 22, 2010

Friday's Photolife--Backlit

When I was learning to take pictures, I learned to keep the light behind me or at least coming from the side. That would make my pictures better.
That's true for a lot of pictures (especially of people). This one shows the point although there is a bit of light coming from the side and with photoshop I could easily fix it. But it's best on these types of shots to get the light on the faces. However, there are situations that cry out for a backlit shot.
One taken from the darkness into the light.
Ones that illuminate streetlights
or highlight forms.
Ones that throw the attention at the sky and the silhouettes against it.
Ones that rejoice in the shadows and shapes
Ones that expose life beginning

or life frozen in a world of snowy lace.

Try taking some shots with the light in front of you. You might be surprised at what you get and what statements those pictures make.

Application to writing? Don't always show things in one light. Let the illumination come from all directions.

18 comments:

Kasie West said...

Beautiful shots. Love the web one. And it's true that we can use light to manipulate a photo. I think that can apply to writing as well.

Yat-Yee said...

I love these pictures. The source and direction of light make all the difference.

sarahjayne smythe said...

Gorgeous shots. And I love the application to writing. :)

Robin of My Two Blessings said...

Awesome shots. Will have to try that. Thanks.

Lady Glamis said...

These are nice shots, Lois! Thank you for sharing. :)

Patti said...

You definitely have a good eye for photos. Any tips for taking sports shots.

Krista Phillips said...

Great pictures!!!! And thanks for the tips... I'm CONSTANTLY ruining pictures!

Silicon Valley Diva said...

Beautiful pictures! Great tips. My brother is a professional photographer too--I envy those of you possess such awesome talent.

Love your connection to writing!

Elizabeth said...

一個人想法的大小,決定他成就的大小。 ....................................................

Terra said...

The third photo is especially gorgeous. I appreciate photo tips, and my concentration is on writing.

lotusgirl said...

Thanks, y'all! I'm glad you like the pictures.

Terra said...

Oh my, thanks for your comment on my blog. Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was one of my 2 favorite books that I read in 2009 and I did NOT know until you told me that the main author died! What a sad loss.
I will check the 2 other titles you mentioned,
Terra

beth said...

You are such an amazing photographer. Wow!

Jenn Johansson said...

Gorgeous photos! I love the way you use the light!

Thanks for sharing!

Jenn's Blogdom :)

Elana Johnson said...

These are the most beautiful pictures ever! I love the dark ones, and then the web one and then the snow... Awesome.

Karen said...

Lois you are so talented! I loved looking at all the pics. especially the ones of your children..they are precious! I know who I'm gonna call if I need a photographer!

Jessie Oliveros said...

You are such a talented photographer! I'm jealous.

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