Baking cup pyramid by hvansteenburgh

Baking cup pyramid

For the 10 shot dogwood challenge (10 shots using different angles, distance and focal length) and week of high key for Flash of Red February. This was my favorite of the lot.

For full disclosure, I took this shot with settings that the camera showed would have zero blowout - the histogram a bit further left than I wanted but I went with those settings anyway to see what would result. The image was nice but a wee bit darker than I wanted (as expected), so I cranked the exposure up a little with post-processing. The other images this week were fully in-camera (histogram where I wanted it, but with a few small areas of blown out highlights). At this point, I'm not sure it's possible to completely avoid some amount of blowout with high key, at least not with my camera. Has anyone been successful with that?
light and white.. love the crinkly detail on the cup cake cups.
February 3rd, 2017  
Neat subject
February 3rd, 2017  
Love :)
February 3rd, 2017  
I'm loving your white shots!
February 3rd, 2017  
I am so impressed with this white-on-white!
February 3rd, 2017  
Nice high key photo.
February 3rd, 2017  
Very nice image...I need to start experimenting with different angles, distance and focal length
February 4th, 2017  
Like the low contrast
February 4th, 2017  
This was a really clever choice of subject to work with - had some really nice details and shadows - the white on white concept is awfully tough and you're turning out some neat shots. Like the feeling of almost a film over the shot.
February 4th, 2017  
💜💜💜
February 4th, 2017  
Cool image!
February 4th, 2017  
Very cool image. FAV I'm still a little confused as to what is high key and what is low key though even though I read Anne's commentary so I can try my hand at the challenge. Is this low key?
February 4th, 2017  
love the softness, so tenderly
February 4th, 2017  
All your white shots would make a good exhibition
February 4th, 2017  
I applaud your dedication to the challenge. Keep up the good work. :)
February 4th, 2017  
Thank you Sandy. This one's high key, with multiple light sources, soft shadows and most of the tones lighter than mid-gray. With low key images, most of the tones are darker than mid-gray and there's usually only a single light source and deep shadows. The feel of high-key is generally light and happy, low-key is dark and moody. Does that help? @skstein
February 4th, 2017  
February 4th, 2017  
great idea!
February 4th, 2017  
Lovely white on white shot. :)
February 5th, 2017  
White on white is tricky but I think you've done a great job with it. And using transparent paper cups adds a bit to the challenge I think!
February 6th, 2017  
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