Lens-Artists Challenge #247 – Backlit

What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are time and light.

— John Berger

Backlighting is dramatic. It often creates silhouettes, yellow halos around the subject, and/or a brilliantly bright background.

Therefore, backlighting is great if you want to create stunning, eye-catching effects. Here are a handful of specific images you can make with backlighting: Street and portrait silhouettes, bird-in-flight silhouettes, portraits and macros with beautiful background bokeh, landscape silhouettes and sunset/sunrise landscapes.

One of my favourite subjects for backlit photography is flowers. Then I rely on the sun as the light source.

Essentially what photography is is life lit up.
— Sam Abell

However, the sun is not always shining…and some plants bloom only when it is dark, so this night blooming cactus was lit up from behind with a soft lamp.

Another favourite is autumn leaves and autumn scenery. Some years we have very little sun and/or little colours in the leaves, but when everything comes together – the results can be stunning.

Winter offers different possibilities when there is snow and ice. Light and shadow can show off for example fur, uneven ground and a shining layer of frost or snow on top.

If we look at things where backlighting is a must, we will find for example aquariums, various screens (phone, TV, computer, camera, etc…). Stained glass windows are perfect examples of how backlight always have been used. And they are still, today, eye-catching beauties.

The camera is much more than a recording apparatus, it is a medium via which messages reach us from another world.
— Orson Welles

Backlight is a versatile instrument in making pictures really come alive, even if they are only silhouettes or very dark. For landscapes it can be magical.

I am not interested in shooting new things – I am interested to see things new.
— Ernst Haas

My home and my garden are always in my lens – and often in backlight. If you photograph the same things every year, you must vary your approach!

Photography is a love affair with life.
— Burk Uzzle

Finally, I was presented with some lovely roses from my husband last week – I could not leave you without them! The sun is shining in through my windows, and on top of that, I made a double exposure.

Many thanks to Patti for having us try Still Life last week – a really challenging subject, but we all rose to the occation! So many interesting and unusual answers!

Now I hope to have given you a taste of backlit photography, and we are looking forward to seeing your images and posts. Tag with Lens-Artists and link to my original post. Hope to see you soon, but until then, please be as kind as ever to others – and to yourself.

Next week it is Sofia who is hosting on the theme Mood. Places, photography styles, situations or portraits where moods are recognisable.

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  16. You always give us a tough time in deciding which one of the examples from your collection is the best!
    You also give us the answer. We have no choice and we select all the photos since they are the best.
    Love the snow and ice, misty click, your pet click (Is it not Lotto?), the tree with glow at the top and shadows and every click is a masterpiece.
    Thank you, AC.

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  27. Great tips on using backlighting in photography! It can definitely add a dramatic effect to images and make them come alive. Looking forward to experimenting with this technique. Thanks for sharing!

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  29. Leya, these are lovely examples of backlighting and they are all dramatic. I love the double exposure, too. There are so many here to love and enjoy. The frozen jelly fish are certainly something you don’t see very many places! The foggy forest is heavenly. I have a few fun backlit photos in my Wednesday WQ post tomorrow. This was an inspiring topic, my friend. 🙂

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    • Thank you, Tish, I must say you made my day – so happy the images were delightful for you. I really enjoyed putting this post together.

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  45. What a beautiful series of backlit photos! I especially Love the night blooming cactus, my parents had one for many years and they were always so excited when it bloomed!! I’ll send my post out soon.

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  51. An outstanding collection this week Ann-Christine. I loved them all but must admit I found the double-exposure of your roses to be a masterpiece! I was also drawn to the ethereal scene of the foggy river with barren trees. All marvelous.

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  54. Nice photos here.
    I think they’re all good, but the one that I’m drawn to most is the one with the ice sculptures.
    At least, I think they’re ice sculptures of some sort. Are they meant to be jellyfish?
    Anyway, I like how it’s more of a ”muted” photo of sorts. It feels quiet in a sense.

    Here’s mine for this one:

    Two for the Audience

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    • Thank you, Ana, I am glad you enjoyed them! And yes, photographic it is, but I think most of us use this technique – maybe without thinking!

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  59. Wow, beyond stunning, Anne-Christine! What a wonderful inspiration for all of us photographers. I’ll join you tomorrow with my Sunday Stills post. The sunlight illuminating the autumn and winter trees looks amazing, as does the roses!

  60. The Haas quote ”….I am interested to see things new”, emphasizes your entire post today. I do love flowers like you, and to see them backlit brings more definition,a totally different look, and the berries are almost translucent, aren’t they? The spiderweb is alive in that light, and I completely forgot stained glass would be applicable here. I do have favorites – The winter scenes, very different from my world, are so quiet. Tranquility at its finest. Loved the topic. And you are right, once you start looking, you find it everywhere.

    • You always make me feel in harmony with your comments, Donna. I am very grateful that you liked the topic – and so true that if we look closer, we will find backlit everywhere. It’s a gift.

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  64. Beautiful pictures 👍 dear Ann-Christine.
    Is the seventh picture taken in the ice-hotel?
    Wishing you a relaxed weekend
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • Sofia, you really made my day – and you read me well! I did love putting this together, even if I found it difficult to chose what images to use. I started off with many more…but have to make them show different ways of backlit. I am enjoying looking at every post coming in!

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  67. You have mastered this technique, it is also one of my favorites. The inspiration here is great and showcase the technique so that it can help to create something similar. I will definitely get back to this often Tuesday when I get back home. ❤️

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  69. Wow and Wow and Wow…I couldn’t stop myself from wowing over every image! The orange blossoms, which I think are tulips, are just out of this world!!

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