Hard and Soft

June 01, 2022  •  1 Comment

While rummaging around my house for photo subjects I found a couple of items that represent the concept of opposites hard and soft, a crystal and a feather. The pairing was challenging. Both are white, both have many protruding surfaces which contrast with each other. The crystal reflects light while the soft feather does not. The crystal has flat surfaces while the feather has miniscule details. Lighting was the first challenge. How do I keep the light from blowing out the surfaces of the crystal? Secondly, how do I get all these textures and details in focus? And third, how do I capture detail in two totally white subjects? I'd like to say simple, but it wasn't. I was able to corral the light by judiciously angling the crystal. Since I wanted a close-up of the details I used a 7mm extension tube to get close. But to collect all the focus I made multiple shots at different focal lengths and stacked them. To tease out as much detail in both of the white subjects I opened each raw image in Canon Camera Raw and pulled the sliders for highlights and shadows to their extremes. After that just a little tweaking in Photoshop is all that is needed. Check out these concept photos on my homepage slide show.


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Bevanne(non-registered)
So gorgeous!
One has to ask, how can opposites be so beautiful?
Nature constantly surrounds us with these contrasts, and we need only to appreciate them!
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