Looking at the small selection of images submitted for our ‘Back Lit’ assignment, I have to conclude that this was not a crowd pleaser (!)…but I also think I should have included a bit more explanation in the original assignment. Because implicit in the notion of a back lit photo is the idea that you have to have something in the foreground that’s being back lit.
I’m using our little solar-powered Queen Elizabeth doll to illustrate this point. (Her hand waves, powered by a tiny solar cell in her purse. Very cool.) In the left hand version above, I’ve taken a meter reading in tight on her face to get the proper exposure, then backed up, composed, and shot the photo. The version on the right shows what I would have gotten simply taken a matrix metered ‘straight’ exposure of the scene.
I hinted in the original assignment description that the exposure might be a bit tricky due to the need to balance foreground/background exposure, and this is what I was referring to.
Anyway, we’ll see if any of you bums decide to submit anything else….right. Just kidding!
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