My last post (see White box photographs of a Pacific tree frog (Pseudacris regilla) part I) featured classic white box photographs of a Pacific tree frog. By classic, I mean they featured the animal against a featureless white background. Once I was satisfied with those pictures I decided to take another series with the same soft lighting but with a more natural background. So I went out to the garden and brought in a pot of soil in which I have been cultivating a miniature garden of moss. The pot is meant as a hanging basket so it is wide and low—perfect as a backdrop for macro photography. All I had to do was put the pot inside the white box and place the frog in the pot. The rest of the set-up stayed the same.
This second series was much easier to take as the frog appeared more relaxed and secure nestled amongst the moss. And as you can see, the photos turned-out really nice and have a very different “mood” from the photos in my previous post. The white background of the first series really emphasized the bright colours of the frog while these new pictures (which I was tempted to subtitle “Green on Green”) seem to give the frog more personality. I find these photos to be “cuter”. Or maybe it’s just me…
In any case the combination of white box and pot of moss worked out really well. I’ll definitely use this combination more in the future.
The technical stuff:
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M5
Lens: Zuiko 12-50mm ƒ/3.5-6.3 zoom
Settings: manual exposure (F11-16 @ 1/125 sec)
Lighting: Vivitar 283 flash and VP-1 Vari-power adapter (1/16 power)