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Just a preference.
For any beginners who may be reading this, the effect is very simple to achieve. You just need a background a bit darker than your subject. You need your subject front lit. And most importantly you need to expose for the subject and let the background fall off to dark. Some of these backgrounds are almost pure black as shot but when I run the Raw file through DxO they lighten up more than I would like so it takes some work to get them back.




  NIKON D500    490mm    f/6.3    1/320s    2000 ISO    -1.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 400mm f/4.5 VR S Z TC-1.4x lens    560mm    f/6.3    1/8000s    250 ISO    -1.7 EV  






  NIKON D500    390mm    f/6.3    1/800s    1250 ISO    -2.3 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    VR 150-600mm f/5-6.3G lens    600mm    f/6.3    1/5000s    400 ISO    -1.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    VR 150-600mm f/5-6.3G lens    300mm    f/5.6    1/2500s    640 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR lens    550mm    f/6.3    1/2000s    8000 ISO    -2.3 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    VR 150-600mm f/5-6.3G lens    600mm    f/6.3    1/4000s    1600 ISO    -1.0 EV  






  NIKON D500    600mm    f/6.3    1/6400s    500 ISO    -1.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    VR 150-600mm f/5-6.3G lens    600mm    f/6.3    1/5000s    400 ISO    -1.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    VR 150-600mm f/5-6.3G lens    600mm    f/6.3    1/5000s    400 ISO    -1.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    VR 150-600mm f/5-6.3G lens    600mm    f/6.3    1/4000s    640 ISO    -1.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    VR 150-600mm f/5-6.3G lens    600mm    f/6.3    1/5000s    1000 ISO    0.0 EV  



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Feb 01, 2024 at 07:18 PM
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Excellent use of them Gary. All wonderful images.

John



Feb 01, 2024 at 07:35 PM
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Beautifully done Gary !! Love the use of the dark backgrounds.

Birdie



Feb 01, 2024 at 07:59 PM
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They sure add drama to the birds, Gary!
Douglas



Feb 02, 2024 at 07:57 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · In search of dark backgrounds


I'm with you. Great set, hard to pick a favorite, but the last one stands out for me - love that branch - and the bird is perfectly sharp and exposed to show off it's beauty.


Feb 02, 2024 at 08:31 AM
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5,6,7 for me Gary, those are wonderfully timed, and the backgrounds work really well.
Eric



Feb 02, 2024 at 08:39 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · In search of dark backgrounds


johnohio wrote:
Excellent use of them Gary. All wonderful images.

John

Thanks John
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birdied wrote:
Beautifully done Gary !! Love the use of the dark backgrounds.

Birdie


Thank you Birdie



Feb 02, 2024 at 08:45 AM
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douter wrote:
They sure add drama to the birds, Gary!
Douglas


yes, drama, I like that Thanks Douglas



Feb 02, 2024 at 08:46 AM
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Jim Dockery wrote:
I'm with you. Great set, hard to pick a favorite, but the last one stands out for me - love that branch - and the bird is perfectly sharp and exposed to show off it's beauty.


Thanks Jim. That last one was shot in about a two minute window when a storm was blowing in off the Pacific coast and the sun peeked out. It had just started to rain and when I turned around I was all alone as the four or five other photographers that were there that day had run for cover



Feb 02, 2024 at 09:06 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · In search of dark backgrounds


A fine set of images, pure joy to view YGMV Even though you didn't number them

#3, #9 and 12 are standouts for me Gary. I really like the look of the foliage in #3


Karl

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Super work and tutorial Gary

Morris



Feb 02, 2024 at 09:39 AM
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Wow, Gary!
My pick was #1. Then I saw #2. And then, #3 popped up. #4! Well, you get the point . . . They are all stellar. Thanks for a masterful tutorial.



Feb 02, 2024 at 11:08 AM
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Beautiful set Gary.

Top picks here is hard.

# 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 oh I give It's a stellar set

Lil



Feb 02, 2024 at 01:14 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · In search of dark backgrounds


On1 AI brilliance can automate that effect.


Feb 02, 2024 at 01:18 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · In search of dark backgrounds


mogul wrote:
On1 AI brilliance can automate that effect.


Here's one to play with. Feel free to download and demonstrate please. Would love to see the results as I'm not familiar with On1 AI brilliance







Feb 02, 2024 at 03:33 PM
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Dark subtle back grounds are my passion. Great job Gary.


Feb 02, 2024 at 03:56 PM
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Erictator wrote:
5,6,7 for me Gary, those are wonderfully timed, and the backgrounds work really well.
Eric


Thanks Eric



Feb 02, 2024 at 03:59 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · In search of dark backgrounds


Stunning set Gary !

Ronny



Feb 02, 2024 at 04:39 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · In search of dark backgrounds


sum1sgrampa wrote:
Just a preference.
For any beginners who may be reading this, the effect is very simple to achieve. You just need a background a bit darker than your subject. You need your subject front lit. And most importantly you need to expose for the subject and let the background fall off to dark. Some of these backgrounds are almost pure black as shot but when I run the Raw file through DxO they lighten up more than I would like so it takes some work to get them back.


Holy smoke, Gary! I'm trying to wrap my mind around how you managed to get so many outstanding images to display in one post! Great job of isolating such a variety and nailing the exposures -- not to mention great compositions and excellent processing. I'm 'gobsmacked' as the saying goes. Voted!

Greg



Feb 02, 2024 at 07:09 PM
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You did an excellent job with the dark backgrounds, Gary.

Pius



Feb 02, 2024 at 10:01 PM
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