Another view of New England Aster:
The flower was in dappled light, with the near part of the flower in shadow and part of the golden center and back petals in sunlight. I’ve done closeups of this flower before with just the near petals in focus but not in mixed light. It gave an unusual look. The light didn’t last for long.
The flower season is pretty much over now, it’s seed season!
The mixed lighting worked well here. I know a photographer in Austin who sometimes casts his shadow on a subject while leaving things sunlit farther back.
I’ve shaded subjects that way, often with unhappy results unless I used flash. I was just lucky in this mix of natural light – thanks.
A very nice shot!
Thanks, Robert! It was a challenge to get the right balance of light.
It reminds me of a floating candle. The concentration of light in the center certainly aids the impression, as does the shadow beneath. It’s truly lovely, and especially appealing as the days’ light grows shorter.
Thanks, Linda. I’ve tried flowers in mixed light before, but this is better than my previous attempts.
Darker? It’s dark here around 4:30 or 5:00 pm.
Ah, latitude. At 5 p.m. today, I still was working!
Love the colors and the abstract look of this shot ! 🙂 Have a nice day Tom 😉
Dappled light can be difficult to work with but in this case you used it very effectively. I love the extra contrast of that lit center and back petals. And of course, the shallow depth of field. Beautiful!
Thanks! This was a fun one to try – though only a few of the exposures I took had a decent balance of light and shadow.