Light reflection (2 pictures to compare)

I never use flashlights or other artificial lighting equipment. Personally I think that you can make perfect pictures with advanced artificial lighting but you loose the ‘soul’ of the subject. For me it’s the challenge to use the available light and picture as is, followed by enhancing the ‘soul of the image’ with photo-processing software. At this stage I’m fascinated by the influence of (natural) light and it’s colour (temperatures) reflecting on my subjects. The colour of water surface, for example, changes continuously partly influenced also by the surrounding colours of vegetation etc.

Take this cactus (botanical name ‘Cephalocereus Β senilis’ but just say ‘Old Man’s Beard’). It’s one with white hair as seen with the bare eye but it’s not that white if nearby other (flowering) plants with different colours. Than the ‘Old Man’ suddenly becomes a colourful personality (or must I say ‘plantality? πŸ˜‰ ). To enhance the colours I only had to move the ‘contrast’ and ‘brightness’ sliders plus the ‘exposure’ one in Photoshop a bit. More important was to photograph it at the right time of the right day. I made three pictures this morning somewhere between 10 and 11 AM and only one had more or less the desired ‘natural’ colours.

The second picture is the original (as is). See for yourself!

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20COMMENTS
  • amberafrica

    I dislike using artificial lighting equipment just as much. Doing a graduation party tomorrow night and already having nightmares about using flashlights ext, aaaaaahg!
    Beautifully made images πŸ™‚

    • Green Cathedral of South Africa

      Why not picturing as is and enhance the sphere with photo-processing. Did that once myself. Worked out beautifully with the different colours of the lights around the stage….
      Thanks for the compliment BTW πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    • rondje

      Oh yeah, that sucks, i hate flash too! Where possible i always try to crank up the iso to stay away from flash and just a slight bit of photoshop afterwards to brighten, but to be honest most of the time i decline offers like that πŸ˜‰
      good luck,
      Ron

  • rondje

    Definitely an improvement, although i think the lower out-of-focus part suffers a bit with the contrast/brightness enhancements! Greetings, Ron.

    • Green Cathedral of South Africa

      Thanks ‘Rondje’.
      My focus was indeed not on the bottom part but at the part where the light was.
      πŸ˜‰

      Herman

      • rondje

        Hi Herman, i saw that πŸ˜‰
        itΒ΄s just by enhancing brightness and detail the softfocus part below suffers a litle bit imo!
        But its a great photo and the light on the focused part is beautiful.
        Ron

      • Green Cathedral of South Africa

        Maybe I crop the picture a bit… (minus bottom… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      • rondje

        πŸ˜‰ like it allready, no doubts, have a great day!
        Ron

      • Green Cathedral of South Africa

        Thanks

        Hollander?
        (ik ook maar dan in Zuid-Afrika)

        Herman

      • rondje

        Aah, natuurlijk! ja, hier ook een reizene hollander!
        ik nog paar dagen in Spanje en dan naar Maleisie, waar in Zuid Afrika?

      • Green Cathedral of South Africa

        Stanford, Nabij Hermanus in the Westkaap (125 km vanaf Kaapstad)

      • rondje

        Ok, ken het, ben langs die baai gereden en familie van vrienden wonen daar ook in de buurt, prachtig daar, niet verkeerd voor fotografie πŸ˜‰
        groet

      • Green Cathedral of South Africa

        πŸ˜‰

      • rondje

        oops, sorry, was watching it on my oversaturated and contrasted tv, on my laptop-monitor its perfect, sorry πŸ˜‰

      • Green Cathedral of South Africa

        But still (watching it on my Apple) I should work a bit more on it. .. πŸ˜‰

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