This time of year in much of the Great Plains, we experience more grey, overcast, wet days. Despite the highlights of colorful autumn foliage, the overall atmosphere often feels bleak. With this in mind, I decided to play with background colors and light sources as ways to experiment with this week’s projects.
A coral color north wall caught the filtered light of an overcast sky and opaque white curtained window. The fully natural light allows the white gladiolus and chrome vase to pop.
The clouds became thicker outdoors, so artificial light became necessary. The “storm cloud grey” wall provided contrast for the yellow bud vase. The light came from an overhead fixture fitted with a standard LED household bulb. I then fortified the artificial lighting with ultraviolet from an LED spotting flashlight.
During the set-up for this third image, the overcast sky began to brighten up considerably. Natural daylight filtered through a white curtain to provide highlights on the painted wood background. The terra cotta vase and ripe sunflower attained a painterly appearance.
The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes controversial 20th century photographer, Robert Mapplethorpe. “I played around with the flowers and the lighting, so that was a good way to educate myself.”