Experimenting with light

I recently purchased a light stand, umbrella and some lights to enhance my indoor lighting for video review recordings.  As I was setting it up, my partner came home and surprised me  with a bouquet of tulips and set them up in a vase on the table.  I plugged in the light and it was like I brought the sun inside the house it was so bright.  I turned around and saw these beautiful red tulips on the table all aglow in the light from this new kit.  Well of course I had to run and grab the camera!

I began experimenting moving the flowers closer to the light and then further away.  I was shooting with my Olympus 60mm macro lens handheld.  I took photos from every angle.  I was having a blast!

The next night when I came home from work, I noticed that the tulips had changed. They began opening up and some began to bend and reach toward the window light.  I started to envision some photos, so after dinner I grabbed my camera and trusty 60mm macro again, turned on the sun, eh, I mean my new light set, and started to make some photos.  This time I decided to use my tripod.  While shooting I realized that my gray wall would make a nice backdrop for the flower. I moved stuff off of the sideboard, moved chairs around and placemats...anything that was in the way got moved. I grabbed a black tray and tried using it as a background. I also directed a light into the tulip to see if I could create an interesting effect.  Two nights with these lights and I still haven't used them for what they were purchased for, but I am realizing that I can get so much more use out of them than I originally thought.  

So the next time you have some flowers in the house, experiment with lighting, angles and backdrops.  They're not all perfect, but I had a lot of fun and I bet you will too!

All photos below were taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II with the Olympus 60mm macro. There might be a crop or two but otherwise they are unprocessed, straight out of the camera JPEGs.