Reversing Light

Wishing there was a bit more time and light in a day to fit in all the possibilities.


These were taken with natural light, but in my studio, rather than outside. The background is a smudgy black chalkboard.

*Addendum: My mother just sent me an email asking “isn’t there anything else you can photograph?” Perhaps it’s time to change the subject… =)

Β© Karen McRae, 2012

94 thoughts on “Reversing Light

  1. I love your work Karen. What are you thinking of next? Up for a field trip in a week or two – would love to go down to the river for a few new shots! Just a little tied up until the 21st – sometime after would be fun! Drop me an email if you are interested.

    1. Thank you, Anita.
      The river is always a pull – it would be great to get together and head somewhere along the river. I’ll send you a note after the 21st. It’s been rather busy on my end, too!

  2. Ha! (on the mother comment) I hear my mom asking that question every time she opens one of my blog posts, even with her 2000 miles away.

    I like these a lot. Unique is a very good thing.

  3. I knew you come here, soon or later. And, I’m glad
    you did it in optical way, not by a digital reverse. = mean,
    you are actually seeing those images on the subjects,
    not on the screen.
    They are the beautiful crafts = carving with the light.
    Despite the lighting is completely different (Top-light
    against Back-light) and reversed, still created exactly the
    same atmosphere was the incredible skill.
    Beautiful shots Karen.

  4. I find that focusing on one subject is probably the best kind of creativity. It makes you go deeper and deeper every time and broadens your “eyesight” to name just two advantages. If your mom’s worried about you loosing viewers, I think your views, likes and comments, prove the opposite! Anyway, you and only you, know better! I love your “dark” approach! πŸ™‚

    1. I think so too, Marina. I think it’s how I learn, really. Learn how to look at things, and how to photograph something. I have to try it many ways so I can find out the possibilities of it.
      Thanks for your thoughtful comment.

  5. Why change the subject when you create such magic??? All too familiar with that ‘mother’s questioning voice’…:-)! Stunning imagery!

  6. Very nice – somehow you make them so different from what I would expect, even with a dark background. All that softness.
    And, mother’s sometimes should be ignored, even the most charming, nicest and most well meaning of them (yours surely falls in that category).

    1. She absolutely does fall into that category!
      I was curious how they might look on a dark background with shallow focus, myself. I think I’ll do a little more experimenting with this… thanks, Ephem.

  7. It has been a pleasure looking at the last few post you have done – clicking ‘Like’ is almost the same as when one has had a superb meal and then just saying ‘that was nice’ not enough some how.

    David.

  8. Mothers are so straightforward, aren’t they? But I bet she loves these … they’re really, really beautiful;!” Hi” to your Mum! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  9. I’ve gone back to look through the spring, summer, fall photos and am still thrilled and awed with your wonderful skills. You have a most wonderful eye and your ability to capture nature is always unique and breathtaking!

  10. Ah! The next time someone asks me to define ‘ethereal,’ I’m going to refer them to this post.

    And if they ask me to define ‘nuisance,’ I’ll refer them to your mom. (Just kidding about the last part.) : )

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