This morning, Vahida got ready and went to work. I sat down at my desk and was working away when I got a message from her saying “Don’t go outside, it is flipping freezing”. So I didn’t.
I thought with this winter cold sticking around and the threat of more snow on the horizon – especially if you dwell in Boston – I would dig out an old leaf that I had sandwiched between my Star Wars encyclopedia and take a shot that reminds us of a warmer time. Now some would argue that fall is not their idea of warm, but I beg to differ. It is the season where the wind has a little bit of chill to it, but the sun shines bright, you are able to toss on a sweater, take a walk and feel rather comfortable about it all. Thinking about the shot though, I couldn’t do the usual black background because that would not give off the warmth and brightness that I was going for. Instead I decided to back light the leaf by placing the flash with a softbox underneath the glass and shoot it up into the lens. Positioning the camera shooting down, and on a tripod, I was able to get a nice clean shot that brought through the colours of the leaf, as well as the brightness and warmth of fall.
Since the shelf under the glass table top was not that far away, I wasn’t able to get the light bleeding out as much as I wanted. My intention was to have it further away and then get a wider area of light and less of a hot spot. Unfortunately it wasn’t possible and a few edges look a little blown out. I debated fixing it in post, but I decided that I would roll with it.
The photo was taken on my Canon 7D with the 24-70mm F4 L lens, 70mm, at 1/200 of a second, F11 with an ISO of 100. It was night time when the shot was taken and I used a flash with a softbox to backlit the shot.