While still “staying home to stay safe”, I stumbled across another intriguing macro photography video. It showed the creation of abstract images with colored lights and folded paper. Inspired, I collected a few sheets of paper and some thin white cardboard and began folding. After several minutes of twisting, clipping and creasing, I had a bunch of crinkled paper and a greater appreciation for those who try their hand at origami.
I hoped the lights would bring interest to the simple images and more importantly, that the shadows would hide the flaws. I staged my creations and began to shoot.
Like I did with photographing “Tiny Bubbles“, I created a crude macro stage setup and used my trusty flashlights with the colored LEDs (red, blue and green). This time I remembered to capture a photo of my setup while I was shooting (instead of trying to recreate it later in a diagram).
I started with colored lights behind the paper to diffuse the light. The shadows did hide the flaws, and I was pleased with the simple lines and abstract results.
Back and front lighting
I found that the sheet of sketchpad paper that I used as a light diffuser was adding an unwanted texture to the colored areas of my images so I adjusted my set-up. I removed the light diffuser and added a background of white poster board. I then lit up the background (behind the folded paper) with one color while focusing a second color on the front edges of the paper.
Here’s the result of bouncing the red light off the white poster board while holding a blue light on the front edges of the paper.
Now using the white cardboard shapes you’ll notice the thicker edges catch more light.
Being a landscape photographer at heart, exploring macro photography has been a challenge for me. I hope you have enjoyed the results of this diversion.
Until the next shoot, stay safe and remember it’s all about the light.