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Davids



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 10:44 pm    Post subject: Which background do you prefer? Reply with quote

One of my favorite subjects - Drosera scorpioides. Pardon the difference in magnification. Does anyone prefer one background over the other? I tend to use black, but the white can be quite striking:




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PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

imo for this specimen the white works better because it lighs up the droplets.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 5:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spectacular subject, beautifully photographed in either presentation. I like the black, but it's close.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 6:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I like the white because so many macro shots have black backgrounds.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In general I prefer black for macro (when "blurred natural environment" is unavailable), but for this subject I think white works better.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

By the way, how do you keep these Drosera still enough to stack? Don't those hairs move a bit, particularly the curved ones?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As long as the glands aren't physically disturbed they should remain still enough for stacking. I have found that, in some cases, a detached leaf may move it's glands without physical stimulus. This is most likely due to turgor loss.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have looked at them several times, both of the pictures are wery good, if I have to choose I say the white background.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do like the White background, as the stem's detail just sets better with my eyes.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The white, although it almost makes the sundew look like a cgi graphic.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2017 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

White. But you can try other colors that 'go' with the colors in this plant.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 11:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What technique did you use to switch backgrounds?
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Davids



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2017 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Elf, it really was just a simple switch of backgrounds. The black is a piece of cardboard covered in flocking, making sure that it was far away from the subject and all light was on the leaf.

The white background was an experiment. I just had a couple layers of diffusion film that I light with one light and used another to light the subject.

I've been enjoying white backgrounds so much lately that I've considered purchasing a light pad. Rosco offers one, but it's quite expensive.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2017 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder if one could put a subject in front of a computer monitor that displays whatever background you choose. If that is well out of focus, one should not be able to see the pixels.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2017 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's what I assumed had been done!
You could put a pol sheet against it and rotate to adjust the brightness. Or put an image with a black center on your screen, for "darkfield".
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