At the end of the ‘get to know your DSLR’ course the tutor suggested I aim for greater clarity and use the tripod more often. Thus on yet another washed-out-sky day I turned my focus inward, and on to portraiture of two stems of white orchids. Between fading-fast and on-the-turn, their exquisite sculpted forms still made engaging subjects.
Using daylight from the window as back illumination:-
I moved the orchids further into the room, illuminated by a side light and altered the white balance for different effects:
And then without the distraction of colour, I focused on light and shade
But one has to be careful about not giving too much detail especially in portraits of older subjects so here I blocked some of the flash with my hand:
Instead of rushing around clicking with my camera, I learnt to sit as still as the portrait subjects, and after many shots and experimentation learnt a great deal more about photography.
This series is thinking out loud as I aim to improve and learn more of photography. The images are not necessarily for show – please feel free to add feedback.