Natural Light, Example #4

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Left: natural light from the rear, photographed against a sheet of white paper.

Sometimes the standard "light against dark" technique just doesn't work, as in the example shown at right above.  George looks as if he's about to set out for the beach - his image is rendered in negative and he appears to be wearing shades.  To get the best out of this particular glass, it has to be photographed against a light background and then we run the risk of losing the label completely.

Reflections:   In this example, we don't have to worry about reflections because the light background is going to drown out pretty much anything other than a direct camera flash.

Background:   To make the label stand out as clearly as possible, I had to flip the normal combination of bright label and dark background.  The piece of paper upon which the glass sits was placed right in the window to catch as much light as possible.  It's another bright overcast day, but here a sunny day might actually have been better.  Direct sunlight would have been too much -- the light would have bounced around inside the lens and caused hot spots to appear on the image.

To render the label dark and hence allow it stand out against the light background, I cast a shadow on the glass itself.  I used a piece of white paper held about an inch above the glass to help darken it.  George now takes on on a more natural appearance.  In retrospect, the dark band at the top of the photo should probably have been excluded when taking the photo, but I liked the fact that it's absorbed by and helps gives definition to the rim.

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