backlighting

In week two of Brooke Snow's Natural Light class, we are exploring troubleshooting techniques for various lighting conditions.  The "outdoor" assignment, weather permitting, was to capture one hazy backlit shot and one sharp backlit shot using a technique Brooke explains in her course material.  

Luckily, I got the girls outside on the only sunny day this week!  Only rainy days ahead so far.

I absolutely LOOOOOOOVE (yes that much! lol) the look of backlighting.  It was quite challenging to expose properly because of all the light hitting the camera's light meter.  If done improperly, your subjects will be underexposed.

The first image is my hazy backlit shot of Lily.  The haze is more apparent in the color version (not shown) but I felt my little subject is more defined when converted to B&W.  As much as I love Hello Kitty, the pink shirt she was wearing ended up being too distracting. If I could do this over, I would have turned her shirt around to keep it plain and simple.

1/1000 sec at f/2.8, ISO 200

The next image is my sharp backlit shot with little to no haze. Another challenge with backlit shots is getting beautiful catch lights in the subject's eyes. In this case, Amelia was facing the house which acted as a natural reflector and created nice catch lights. Next time, I could also use a lighter colored blanket.

1/640 sec at f/2.8, ISO 200

Can't wait until we get more sunny days!