Today’s Photograph: Water Lilly Diptych, 4/27/2010

The same water lilly, two lighting versions.  Top photo: 1/250 sec @ f5, ISO 200; bottom photo: !/160sec @f2.5, ISO 400. (Copyright 2010 / Andrew Boyd)

The same water lilly, two lighting versions. Top photo: 1/250 sec @ f5, ISO 200; bottom photo: !/160sec @f2.5, ISO 400. (Copyright 2010 / Andrew Boyd)

Today’s photographs are of a single water lilly that’s been growing in our little water garden just off the kitchen. It’s been blooming for almost two weeks now, cycling opened and closed between day and night. I photographed it initially almost a week ago in late afternoon direct sunlight, which is the top version shown here. Then two days ago, we had rain and stormy weather; more rain was threatening and the clouds were massed overhead. Much like a big studio softbox, the light from overhead was soft and very cool, almost blue in color.

So the same subject, but very different images. Isn’t it incredible how much impact the quality of your light source, and its direction, can have upon the mood and feel of your photograph? I thought these two images were a good example of how important light is for us as photographers: always pay heed to the light! It’s the key to everything you do as a shooter. Ignore it at your peril, learn to appreciate and use it as an artist, and you’ll find yourself growing and improving as a photographer.

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  1. corina says:

    hmmm… i seem to recall mentioning a diptych before… LOL
    The light (and settings) play a big part on how the color of the petals appear.
    I like the top photo with its pac-man leaves in the background.

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