One of the things I like about this time of the year is that I can come home from work, eat a little supper, then pick up the camera and go outside and the light is just about right for picture-taking.

I'm the first to admit that I have a lot to learn about making a good image with backlit subjects. But I have fun trying.


Napaea dioica (Glade Mallow) - another tall (6-foot or more) plant. Great palmate leaves.


An interesting effect, er flaw.

When looking for good backlit subjects, I always remind myself to put the sun at my back and take a different look at the subject.

Back to the grass.

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July 18, 2008

I think that what I like most about taking pictures with backlighting is that it makes me look like a better photographer than I am. But I do try to site some plants with thought to the early morning or late evening sun streaming through them, so I get to enjoy it even if I don’t get photos of it.

What kind of grass was the one that you photographed? Does it have a yellowish cast to the leaves, or is it just looking that way with the backlighting?

July 20, 2008

Robin Wedewer @ 4:22 am #

I believe I will have to give this a try. It seems that the best time for this will be late afternoon/early evening. Pass the bugspray, will you?

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You make it look so easy. Paul James talked about this effect in one of his episodes today, and I agree the result can be spectacular. Unfortunately, I have a wall of trees on the south and west sides of my property and houses and a retaining wall (tall) on the east side. I might be able to get a bit of the effect on part of the south side, but I’m glad to know I can come here and enjoy your backlit plants.

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