Stone Fairy

A friend of mine has a peculiar looking statue of a woodland fairy near his pool. And given the mischievous nature of fairies, I thought it appropriate that I give this little sculpture a Twilit Lens twist. I inserted some backlighting with my speedlite, set on manual at 1/16th power. Topaz Black & White Effects and some special brushes completed the look.
Statue Test FlashFor this shot, I experimented with another piece of gear that I’ll be reviewing soon: a special attachable diffuser for a speedlite that produces softer light than a bare flash unit. Even in broad daylight it produces some nice fill effects, as shown by the test photo on the left.

Speaking of flash, here’s an exception to the usual rule of front lighting (something that normally isn’t very flattering): when your subject is backlit, especially by strong light sources like the sun, it’s okay to use a speedlite to flash said subject from a frontal angle. In fact, this “fill light” is often essential to avoid unwanted silhouetting. Plus the back light and fill light combined can produce a beautiful halo around the subject.

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Written by The Twilit Lens

Freelance photographer and ponderer of the unusual. I welcome the presence of mystery and the unknown. Wonder is not absent from the universe, and there is still room for the child in those who haven't yet allowed their hearts to wither to dust.


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