“Flowers…are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind, but the goodness of a person spreads in all directions.”—Chanakya
If you have been following my blog, you already know that my latest project is capturing the beauty of flowers. Panama is well-known for having a variety of flowers, since it is the geographical link between North and South America.
The technique that I’m using is close-up and macro photography. Due to budget constraints, I have been unable to buy a true macro lens. Instead I’m using a very modest macro filter lens to get familiarize with this genre of photography. Later on my goal is to buy a truly life-size macro lens which can be had at Amazon for about $549.00. This is the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM macro lens.
What I could afford was a set of reflectors manufactured by Neewer. The item is identified as Neewer 43″ 5-in-1 collapsible multi-disk light reflector with a comfortable bag. Price at Amazon: $14.49.
For those of you who are just getting started in photography, let me explain that a reflector is a useful tool to modify light. After all, photography is all about drawing with light.
Light modifiers are tools for controlling light, where you can get softer flattering light, or you can direct the light to fall o to specified places on the subject or near the subject, depending on the effect you are going after.
Of all the lighting tools at our disposal, none are quite as versatile as the five-in-one reflector. The concept itself is extremely basic. In the hands of a photographer comfortable with common lighting principles, the reflector helps us bounce light into or onto those areas that aren’t getting enough light, regardless of whether we are using natural, ambient, or studio/strobe lighting.
Board reflectors as they are sometimes called, are common types of light modifiers. They are a flat surface constructed to reflect or light the photographer’s subject. They are very simple to use and cheap. They come in different shapes, sizes and colors such as silver, gold, black, white and translucent. The possibilities really are nearly endless, and—just as importantly—affordable.
- Silver will bounce cool light on your subject.
- White typically soften and filter light coming through the subject; for instance in bright sunlight, or if an area of the studio is too bright.
- Black can be used to block certain areas of the subject.
- Translucent technically is not a reflector, this panel works great as a shoot-through diffuser for flash or location lighting, or as a diffusion panel between the sun and your subject. Since larger light sources provide softer light, using the translucent panel as a large diffuser gives you a very large, easily portable light source. While a large enough translucent reflector can also be used as an impromptu background for a head shot, the translucent panel will almost always be between your subject and the light source.
- Gold will give your photographs a warmer effect.
In a nutshell, the 5-in-1 reflector can be one of the most versatile lighting tools in your entire workflow. Taking full advantage of its capabilities, though, won’t be possible until you know what color reflector to use for which lighting scenario. Remember, though, that photography rules were made to be broken once you’ve learned them, so be sure to experiment with color and placement.
Below are several pictures of the last item purchased to enhance my rudimentary photography gear. Here we go:
I haven’t used them yet. My first impression is that they’re huge and bit cumbersome to manage. Folding them with a twist to get them inside the pouch is a bit tricky. Had to go to a YouTube video to learn how it’s done. It takes a while to learn how to do it.
Slowly but surely I’m building up my basic photography gear. Take my word, it’s not a cheap hobby, but it’s worth every cent in personal enjoyment. Good Day.
Recommended Reading: Choosing The Right Color Reflector For Your Photography by Jeff Guyer
I imagined a Purple Sky today from dawn till dusk.
A gold moon and millions of gold stars lit across this silk sheet of a Purple Sky.
And then it rained streaks of fine gold.
The majestic sky then decided to be very generous and poured down tremendous amounts of Rubies, Diamonds and Sapphires.
All different colours, shapes and sizes.
A great big King then appeared radiant in the Purple Sky and looked down at me with such a delight…
I was atonished with joy!
He was wearing a dazzling gold crown encrusted with millions of white diamonds and a crushed Purple velvet gown with such a long train.
It was certainly a sight for my sore eyes.
Here.. he said come take me hand… I want you to be the Queen of this Purple Sky, but most importantly be the Queen of my Purple Heart….
He swept me off my feet and we sat in the great heights of his Kingdom in the Purple Sky drinking goblets of wine.
A colleague then tapped my shoulder and notified me I was late for a meeting! ! ! ! !
I then discovered something strange as I put my hand into my jacket pocket out appeared a beautiful Purple Ruby ring.
“My Imagination of a Purple Sky,” poem written by Premila Patel
Photography and poetry make a perfect match. Good Day.
“Hope is the only bee that makes honey without flowers.”—Robert Green Ingersoll
Charles Caleb Colton once wrote that, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” I say this because recently I stumbled into a dramatic photograph of a man holding a book with a thought-provoking caption. It struck a chord in my mind.
The photograph was taken by Susan Licht and posted on Monochrome: For Black and White Lovers. Her work was so intense, I decided to imitate her work with my own. If you click this link, it will connect you with Ms. Susan Licht’s black and white photograph.
As you all know, photography is all about telling a story. That’s the goal of every photographer that takes his or her work seriously—tell a story.
Click on the picture to enlarge it and appreciate it better. Here we go.
“Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can’t remember who we are or why we’re here.”—Sue Monk Kidd
After a brief hiatus from photography, I’m back. Can’t stay away from this hobby for long. My main interest in photography at this time is close-up and macro photography. Therefore, for today I have more pictures of guess what? Flowers!
And here we go with more flowers from this narrow piece of land in the middle of the world.
Aren’t they cute? Good Day.