Playing with light

Strange though it may sound, up to yesterday I never managed to make a decent picture of a fully open Anacampseros telephiastrum flower.
Yesterday afternoon I went out to Kanonkop (Cannon head), a rocky outcrop overlooking Montagu. Although I did not find what I had hoped to see, there were several other interesting plants, including a lot of flowering  Anacampseros telephiastrums. In fact I have never seen so many plants of this species together in one spot.  The flowers appear in November and December; they only open late afternoon (the pictures were made at about quarter past four).

For the first picture I just made a photo of what was in front of the camera. The result was not really exciting, to put it mildly.
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For the second one I positioned my camera bag in such a way that it shaded the background. Because of the great contrast in light between the  flower and the dark background, the flower was totally overexposed.
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When I took the same picture but with one stop underexposure (and somewhat more close up) the result was as follows.
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This was the basis for the last picture, which was enhanced in post production by lowering contrast and highlights and raising the clarity, combined with a bit of cropping.
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8 thoughts on “Playing with light”

  1. Hi Frans. Remember the plant I told you about which I couldn’t identify? Well lo and behold, the anacampseros is it! Regards, Hugo

  2. Beautifull picture but I really love the way you tell your story. It’s in the family! And also the serendipity of telepathy

    1. Oops, I mean the serendipity oR telepathy. I had a meeting with Cor with where I experienced some coincidences that seems to be a kind of serendipity

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