Last night at our photo club, we had one of our very experienced members give us a presentation on the aspects of using back-lighting for photography! Most photographers shy away from this type of photography because it involves shooting directly into the sun.
But it is amazing what kind of things you can produce by giving this a try. Back lighting produces texture, silhouetting, depth, & mood. He showed us sample after sample of this technique & I'm sure each one of us left with the determination to at least "give it a try".
I looked thru my archives at home, wondering if I had anything that represented using these ideas. The two I found from May of last year are shown here. Not nearly a good enough representation of the images he showed us but its all I had. With the light being in front of me, it brings out the details & layers of the hills in the back ground, so you can see the layers of trees. Frontal light would make it all one flat color. It also adds texture to the water and the leaves.
I found a good article, that re-capped many of the items our photo club member touched on, written by Phil McDermott where he says "Contrary to popular belief stunning photographs can be taken when shooting into the light. Whilst this may contradict advice given to beginners to always shoot with the light coming from behind the camera the art of backlighting is a technique that can produce wonderful images. However, many nature photographers are intimidated by the idea of pointing the camera towards the light and shy away from many worthwhile opportunities." You can read the small article here if you choose.
Anyways, its an interesting technique that can produce some beautiful images with a little practice. A technique I will definitely be trying more of.
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