A buddy of mine posted some great shots of backlit flowers the other day that I really liked. I could tell instantly he'd used a different technique than I do. Turns out he uses a lens that is half way to being a telescope.
I'd never thought of using a big lens on the flowers, and burned to try. What with one thing or another I didn't get out at quite the right time for the best light, but it was pretty good, and certainly good enough to get a sense of how to get similar shots.
Camera techie digression. My biggest lens is a 150-600mm. He used an 850 mm. That isn't a common size for a lens, so I'm wondering if he's using a 600 on a crop sensor. I could put my lens on my crop, and end up with a 960 mm lens. (Don't ask unless you really want to know.)
Normally I'd use a lens like that for wildlife, or something that's a really long way off. Normally I'm all about the detail in the flowers, but this produces a more painterly technique that looks lovely. I'll have to do this more often. Good thing I don't have to carry that lens far to do that; it weighs a ton. That's why I call it The behemoth.
Hope you enjoyed, I'll have to do this more often!
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Same flowers as in photo 1 above, similar light, completely different look to the shot.