‘Golden Backlight’ How I took this beautiful image

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Last night I was out for a few hours looking for some flowers to add to my new Machair collection. 

Just as the sun had started to retire behind the horizon, a glorious golden light came from no where. I opted to get down to ground level and try to capture some of what I was seeing.

Back lighting a flower seemed to be a good idea so I set my Tripod up to be almost touching the ground. To get even lower I mounted the camera upside down. This type of low down close up work gives a photograph the feeling of intimacy, a bugs eye view so to speak.

Out of this shot I wanted the colour to be the main subject with everything else out of focus. With a low aperture I was hoping to achieve a mass of out of focus colour. Something needed to be a focus point so I chose the stamen. The only thing I wanted sharp in the image was the stamen.

I used a 100mm macro lens with a low aperture of f2.8. It is quite difficult to do close up work with a small aperture and your focusing has to be bang on. It is easier to achieve when your camera is parralel with something that doesn’t undulate.

To double check my focus, I use the back screen of the camera and zoom in on the focal point. This also helps to see when the subject is perfectly still.

Because it was such a still evening with no wind, I chose a 100 ISO film speed.

In a case like this with no wind, low film speed, low aperture and tripod, the shutter speed doesn’t really matter (as long as it isn’t too slow)

To minimise camera shake, a shutter release cable was used in conjunction with the tripod.

I took several shots with different angles and this is the one that stood out the most.

I’m very pleased with the result and so glad that it all came together. The timing, the wind, the light and of course me and my camera.


Golden Backlight
Golden Backlight

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