I have a thing for backlighting. I’m kind of a sucker for it. I love the dreamy, hazy, look it creates. But it’s hard. Oh my gosh is it hard! Catching focus when so much light is coming in from behind your subject can be really difficult. If you’ve ever tried it, you know what I mean!

For this shot I was underneath the zinnia, the sun was not quite setting behind the tree line, and I had a boatload of light flooding my lens. I had to change position a few times to find a spot where the flower was blocking just enough light so the camera could catch focus. For this shot I used my Sigma 105mm macro lens which unfortunately does not have manual focus! I love the macro details for the lens, but with this one I do have to rely on the lens to be able to auto-focus. Had I been using one of my lenses where I can switch to manual, it would have been much more simple for me help the camera figure out where to focus.

This photo was captured using a Nikon D610 and Sigma 105mm macro lens allowing printing at very large sizes. View shopping details here.

Zinnia Photo, Cristina Elisa Photography LLC, Maryland Fine Art Photographer


Cristina Elisa Photography is located in Frederick, MD and specializes in natural light, and black and white photography.

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