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Photographing with penlights: Orchids

Occasionally I’m faced with a challenge that doesn’t rely on Photoshop. It’s good to try techniques that yield interesting exposures. In painting with light, it’s all about creating the image by selectively lighting your subject. This shot was for the traditional category in the monthly competition at the Loveland Photographic Society.

In Orchids (above), I used a small LED penlight in a dark open room, and with my camera on a tripod with a 105 mm macro lens, I set a manual exposure at F-32 at 8 seconds. I then varied the amount of time and the angle of light I shown on the subject. The results were amazingly varied. This is one of my favorite exposures.

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