Tufted Loose Strife (two photographs and a few words about lighting and backgrounds)
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Generations of still life painters and photographers have used black backgrounds to kill any background distractions. Placing bright objects against dark backgrounds is similar to using a narrow depth of field to isolate your subject. Creating light fall-off is also a good technique for portraits. With flowers this effect can highlight the natural designs. So when you lose the battle of light fall-off, think about whether your composition works anyway.
Often light fall-off cannot be avoided if we can’t lower the shutter speed sufficiently to let in natural light, and we do not have additional light to highlight the background. Lowering the shutter speed will bring in light but it will also capture wind movement. You can experiment by gradually lowering your shutter speed until you have a hint of a background and no movement in the subject. However, it is easier said than done.
Professional photographers consider carefully the backgrounds in their photographs. They know the importance of finding, choosing and using backgrounds that compliment their subject. In fact I am surprised no one has written a book on this subject!
The flowers in this post are called Tufted Loose Strife, a name for which I can find no origin, but which in an odd way describe the wild nature of the flowers’ features.