Petal Diffusion [218/366]

I don't always post the same subject two days in a row, but I loved this photo and the technique I used.

Light modifiers do not always have to come from a device fitted over your light. Your subject can act as a diffuser as well.

While putting the daisies in a new vase, I noticed the beautiful texture the stems had. I wanted to try to capture this detail. I tried to light the stem using different angles and modifiers but to no avail.  The lights were too big and too harsh. I needed a small diffused source to bring out the texture effectively. 

So, I used the petals.

I shot a boat load of light down through the petals, creating a small soft box. They lit up the details perfectly and even had beautiful light fall-off half way down the stem. Plus, it gave me a more natural feel. 

 Hasselblad 503cw / Imacon Ixpress v96c with Hasselblad 120 f4 CF Makro-Plannar #56 tube - f4 @125th 50iso

Hasselblad 503cw / Imacon Ixpress v96c with Hasselblad 120 f4 CF Makro-Plannar #56 tube - f4 @125th 50iso