So I had another go with a single shape being a garlic bulb. I tried to look at assignment brief and bringing experience from the exercises in.
I went out and managed to find better quality tracing paper. However, the 25 mile round trip, petrol cost and the fact the tracing paper cost £15 for the pad I think it would have been cheaper to purchase a diffuser. Never mind because the results are much better. I love the reflection. I don’t ‘do’ clinical perfection so this works for me.
Next I tried texture. I placed the lamp high to create a dark back drop and closed the ‘barn doors’ to channel the light. I placed the lamp so it created shadow in the garlic.
I am quite pleased with this too.
Then with confidence growing I decided to try and add some dimension by opening the ‘barn doors’ wider, turning the garlic bulb and by not using a diffuser. The light remained high so the shadow wasn’t too long.
Then for ambient light. Although I am most comfortable with ambient light I haven’t really used backlighting before. I was pleasantly surprised with the result. The garlic was placed on a chopping board with a white tile backdrop. About 6 inches above that was window light and the sunlight was diffused with cloud cover.
Then looking at texture and dimension. I took the props outside and the light was still diffuse but texture and dimension was still evident.
I actually enjoyed this set and feel my confidence is now growing.
Since this entry I have had a play with back lighting in Street photography: