High Key Flowers in Vase, Making Of

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Still Life / Technique


Flowers in Vase

Flowers in Vase

This flowers and vase set as been laying for quite some time on top of the fireplace at my parent’s house and I always liked it a lot. It seemed a good candidate for a high key shot.

I used a stool and covered it with a white jacket that I “borrowed” from a friend that was visiting. The vase went on top of the stool and against a white wall as backdrop. The natural daylight from a clear day was coming from a large window on the right hand side of the vase and on the same plane of the backdrop wall and from a smaller window on the left hand side at a 90 degrees angle.

The camera, with a 85 mm prime lenses, was mounted on a tripod. I opted for a f/16 aperture to get a sharp shot. Used the camera light meter, which suggested a shutter speed of 0.4 sec. To make the high key effect I adjusted the speed to as far as 3”, the most I could get away with, without triggering the camera’s highlights alarm (symptom of burned out pixels due to pure white)…

And that was it šŸ™‚

The Author

Ordinary office buffoon or, alternately, rock'n'roll soul trapped in a IT project manager body. When not fighting to deliver on time, on budget and on specification, will be chilling out with wife and daughter, enjoying a good meal accompanied with a nice wine or using his sense of aesthetic and photography training to snap some shots. And so here we are...

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