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Gritty Sun Backlighting

5 02 2012

It’s good to learn from your mistakes and I must admit I made a rookie mistake in all of today’s pictures. Its not backlighting the subject, which is quite intentional, or having huge sun spots, also intentional. It’s just a careless rookie mistake and you can see it in every one of today’s pictures… Wanna know what it is? Keep reading πŸ™‚

I have a leave no trace photography policy that I did break a little bit in today’s shoot. By broke I mean I literally bork a small piece of a branch so I could shoot the sunlight through it. I stumbled upon this tree near the mall where I did the last shootabout. The location was pretty simple but I really wanted to play around with some more sun in the background work. I think it came out well except for one little thing…

I love the bean-pod in the picture but I also love the stick it’s on. The wood is all gnarled and knobby and I really like it. Makes for a little extra interesting texture. The sun flare was really cool here too. I don’t get how the sun can have those little rays covering up part of the bean pod when it’s on the other side of it. I might have to Google that one day. I thought about cropping this image but that would cover up my rookie mistake so I decided I wouldn’t… Anybody figure it out yet?

Yes, I did basically just set up the first shot with the second shot in the background. πŸ™‚ Both of these work really well by themselves but when you take something cool and put it as a background of something else cool, it makes them both look even better. Like putting Chuck Norris in a Bruce Lee movie or putting whip cream on Hot Chocolate.

You know I like to do this πŸ™‚ check out my friend Sally over atΒ Lens and Pens

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Figure it out yet? The amateur mistake is I forgot to clean my equipment before I started shooting. Invest in some simple field cleaningΒ toldΒ and use them, it will save you from a random spec showing up in the same place in every picture. It’s an easy fix in Photoshop but I wanted to share my mistake so you could learn from it. πŸ™‚ Have a great week-start (as opposed to weekend) and God Bless, leave comments and email me if you’d like, arleyseth@gmail.com

If you have any interest in buying a cleaning kit, which I highly recommend you get if you don’t have one, here’s a good one made by Nikon. If you use this link you’ll also be helping support the blog so I appreciate that! –> Cleaning Kit on Amazon

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46 responses

5 02 2012
M.K. Hajdin

That third shot is awesome.

5 02 2012
96arley

Thanks! My favorite too πŸ™‚

5 02 2012
ivinseleanor

My laptop screen is so dirty from my granddaughter’s sticky fingers that I didn’t notice your spots. Nice play with light. πŸ™‚

6 02 2012
96arley

Haha, thanks!

5 02 2012
Maggie L R

I love photos like this, with the sun streaking from behind. great shots, even it those nasty specks are there.. tsk tsk.. LOL

6 02 2012
96arley

πŸ™‚ hehe, glad you (still) liked them

5 02 2012
Lady Deidre

This is funny — but I kept trying to dust the specks from my computer! πŸ™‚ I’m glad it was on your end! I love the sunlight beaming pics!
God Bless You!
Dei

6 02 2012
96arley

LOL, glad you liked them

5 02 2012
modernzenphotos

I didn’t notice the spots. What I did notice was great composition and some honest, straightforward writing. Thanks for sharing.

6 02 2012
96arley

Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed it all πŸ™‚

5 02 2012
Gail Schechter

nicely done!

6 02 2012
96arley

Thanks Gail!

5 02 2012
lomocub

hah! I thought the spots were on my computer as well! Great shots, and great advice. The third one is my favorite as well. I try to use photoshop as little as possible, but since I scan negatives, it’s pretty much a necessity. I just ordered that cleaning kit you linked to. Can’t hurt to have a little extra help. Thanks for sharing!

6 02 2012
96arley

Thanks, so you still shoot film? That’s really cool πŸ™‚

5 02 2012
Kyle

Speaking of cleaning the lens, the other day I went out to shoot, accompanied by one of our cats. He rolled in the dirt and came up looking dusty brown instead of black. Every time I saw a cool shot and got down on my stomach to shoot it, the cat rubbed up against my lens and the static attracted a golden coat of dust over the whole lens! For once I had remembered a cleaning cloth, but there were no quick shots that day.

6 02 2012
96arley

Cats definitely love expensive equipment, good thing you had your cleaning cloth. πŸ™‚

5 02 2012
Victor Ho

Good lesson.

6 02 2012
96arley

Thanks Victor, it’s not brain surgery but it’s definitely some worth while instruction πŸ˜€

6 02 2012
Andra Watkins

Love the third one, Arley.

6 02 2012
96arley

Thanks Andra, always happy to see you stopping by πŸ™‚

6 02 2012
victoriaaphotography

I love the third image too. it’s got that extra degree of sparkle. I wouldn’t have noticed the spot if you hadn’t mentioned it, but now it is sooooooooo obvious. I knew it wasn’t on my screen as I clean my screen fairly regularly (& my keyboard and my mouse and my camera lenses).

(Having said that, I’m sure there are spots that I miss).

6 02 2012
96arley

Yeah, I thought about fixing it in Photoshop but I figured it would give me a good chance to remind us all of some of the simple rules πŸ™‚

6 02 2012
davidoakesimages

It happens. You can go for ages with a clean sensor no matter how often you change a lens. Then out of the blue you have a run of invaders. Sometimes I think the more you clean the more you get the little pests!
Like the images.

6 02 2012
96arley

πŸ™‚ glad you liked them and thanks for stopping by

6 02 2012
fgassette

Love the shots. Thanks for the advice.

BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

6 02 2012
96arley

Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed πŸ™‚

6 02 2012
visionsofthephoenixpark

Something similar happened to me about a year ago. I managed to get some amazing infra red shots up in the local mountains, only to find them all ruined with similar spots, except I think mine had even more of them.
Suffice to say it has never ever happened to me again…………..well only once more, and that was yesterday.
Oh the pain.
Dave

6 02 2012
96arley

Haha, that is terrible. I can’t imagine how upset I would be after all that work. It’s good to have dumb things we can laugh about later though πŸ™‚

6 02 2012
Lens and Pens by Sally

First, I want to thank you for mentioning me in your post. I’m appreciative. Your post made me think that we are, to an extent, all rookies. No matter how much we know or think we know, it takes even small reminders to show us our enthusiasm can get the best of us. Still, lessons are the source of reminders too. Yep, that’s great advice: to clean equipment before a shoot. How about the small piece of dust that occasionally will appears in the image? That’s a bear to clean from the lens or mirror. Great post, Sally

6 02 2012
96arley

Thanks Sally, glad you stopped by πŸ™‚

6 02 2012
Karmen

Love your bean pod, Arley. We all need reminders of the ‘little’ things. They turn out to be not so little when the finished product emerges. Thanks!

6 02 2012
96arley

I’m just thankful I got my “reminder” before my next client shoot.

6 02 2012
bluelyon

Great shots. But as to the dust in the shot . . . oh yeah…been there, done that.

6 02 2012
96arley

Thanks! and I think everyone has at least once

6 02 2012
ladyfi

Wow – those shots are astounding!

6 02 2012
96arley

Thank You, glad you liked them

6 02 2012
Inga

I love backlight and I love these photos. Lovely! πŸ™‚

6 02 2012
96arley

Thank You Inga, always a pleasure to hear from you πŸ™‚

6 02 2012
maribetz

LOVED the post. Made me smile at the end of a long monday! Thanks

6 02 2012
96arley

Glad you liked it and I feel you on that long Monday

7 02 2012
Lee

Very nice set of photos.

7 02 2012
96arley

Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed them

7 02 2012
brentwoodprop

Second shot is fave with me but I always go for the simple option and would take out the branch at the top not crop but remove in PS πŸ˜‰ IMHO. I did not ‘spot’ your ‘spot’ but they are a pain when you get so enthused with what you are doing you miss them!

Susan

7 02 2012
96arley

Thanks Susan, I might have to take a look at that when I do a revisited post with some old pictures. See you around!

8 02 2012
Malc

Those black specks stand out like a sore thumb…
Made me read the whole post though!

πŸ™‚

8 02 2012
96arley

HAHA! I knew it would work πŸ™‚

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