Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Difficult Details: Feathers

Minnie D'Moocha (singer/model/dancer)

There are some objects that are difficult to capture in general.  But, they're especially difficult in low light.  One thing I always have trouble with is feathers.  In low light, if you're not careful or just plain unlucky, feathers will end up looking like a big solid blob. In the photo above of D'Moocha, I had the good fortune of having her hold the feather fans in front of the light.  The back lighting and the fact that the feathers were white allowed for the detail to be picked up while the subtle lighting in back of the lower feathers allowed for the texture to be picked up.