Sunday, October 25, 2009


I finally got around to using my home made soft box when we bought a Phalaenopsis Orchid over the weekend. More details after the jump.

In order to make the soft box, I cut out three sides and the top of a cardboard box and covered two of the sides and the top with white tracing paper. The remaining side was left open to allow me to photograph through it. I then cut out the bottom of the box to allow me to place it over a subject, if necessary. To create a background I used a piece of black bristle board pasted on the remaining side of the box.

A single Canon 430EX speedlight was used to light the flowers from camera right. I'm not sure what the settings on the speedlight were but I think it was shot at 1/4 of a second and zoomed to 35mm. The left hand side of the flower was lit with the light reflecting off the white tracing paper on the left hand side of the box. The image was taken at 1/200th of a second at f\10.
Share on Facebook


holdingmoments said...

Dev, that is an excellent shot.
And thanks for adding the details of the softbox construction. Great results.

Dev Wijewardane said...

Thanks Keith. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. I wasn't sure when i started though!

Anonymous said...

This is a pretty shot. The colors are vivid and the post is nice.

Patty has her 73rd birthday today. My wife for the past 54 years has a blog. If you have time, take a look and say hi. Old Lady Lincoln

Susanne49 said...

Oh, so beautiful...! Orchids are my favorites. I have photographed myself a lot.

It's an excellent shot and a very nice blog!

Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog too.

Sue's Daily Photography

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

Awesome shot and post! Lovely vivid colors and POV!!!

I have been wondering what board wouldn't look porous for a background. Thanks for the advice.

Beautiful blog. Will follow!!!

Cheers! JJ

Chris said...

Hi Dev,
This is a wonderful shot and I love the compo with this black background. Well done!