Pipe Dream #10: To Take Decent Backlit Photos

I made some soup with this sweet thing the other day. It had chicken, beans, broken spaghetti, red peppers, spinach, garlic, chicken broth and spices in it. I don’t have a recipe for you because I didn’t use one.

We had ourselves a cooking adventure. We was inspired.

And it turned out all right. The soup, that is. Why the look of consternation?

“Oh, I don’t know, Lauren, maybe the massive amount of garlic you are sticking in this he-ah pot?”

As you can see, Wades is standing in The Nook, a little half-hallway in my apartment kitchen which houses my less-than-standard size stove, the microwave, and various pots, pans and cookbooks. The light is beautiful there in the afternoon, but as you may notice, in order to expose Maddie’s face properly I had to totally blow out the background.

Now, I could edit this significantly in Photoshop so that both the background and foreground are exposed as they should be, but I want to know if there is another way. Because backlit photos don’t always have to be silhouettes. At least, I think so.

If you have any insights, I would be glad of them. If not, I’m just glad you read this. Say hi in the comments section!

Ever your amateur,


4 Responses to “Pipe Dream #10: To Take Decent Backlit Photos”

  1. 1 rachelshane April 20, 2011 at 10:25 am

    okay seriously, I thought those pictures were YOU! She looks a lot like you in these photos!

  2. 2 Carmen April 20, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    I thought the first line of your blog could be read as though Maddie was one of the ingredients for your soup. That could work, I suppose, but wouldn’t the soup be sweet rather than savory?

  3. 3 Jamie April 21, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    you make me smile. :)

  4. 4 investment May 2, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    I love that apron. :)

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