Friday, November 10, 2006


I'm never satisfied that I have captured with my camera the way the leaves and grasses glow with light, in quite the same way I see it when sunlight backlights foliage! Posted by Picasa

2 Comments:

Blogger Xris said...

It looks like the sun was ahead of you when you took this?

When I zoom in on some of the individual grass tufts, I can see the effect you were trying to capture. You want to maximize the contrast between the light and dark in the grass. The dark trees on the left are darker than the grass, and the snow on the right is light, so the effect of the contrast just in the grass is reduced.

One trick to try is to zoom in on, or crop, the shot so that only the grass is visible. You can accomplish the same thing with this photo by cropping it down and adjusting the contrast in the resulting cropped image.

Another trick is to shoot low, more along the line of light. Again, this will emphasize the grass, and may capture the light shining through it better.

A third idea I would try is to use a telephoto lens or the telephoto end of a zoom lens. This will compress the depth of field, and emphasize the repetitive pattern of the light leaves highlighted on the darker stems.

5:22 PM  
Blogger Kati said...

Thanks, xris. Your tips are really helpful. I am so enthralled by the light behind leaves and have been frustrated again and again in trying to capture the glow that seems to come from within the foliage when it is backlit by the sun.

4:57 PM  

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