Contra Light
Technique - Technique


Taking advantage of contra light in scenes with semi-transparent objects is quite favorable in many situations. Just take a look at the wings of the bird or the flower below. The shiny effect here provides a pretty interesting contrast to the "solid" body. Further objects that fit very well for this kind of composition are e.g. hairs (portraits!), ice or shells.
This light situation REQUIRES! a lens hood - otherwise your pictures will suffer from extreme flare problems and a significant loss of contrast!

The bird on the following picture receives some midday sunlight so the feathers glow quite beautifully.

Photo by Detlev Franz

The next picture is probably a more typical example due to the more common side-light situation.