“It is in the darkest hour, when we are faced with our deepest most wrenching fears, that we are given the greatest strength. The choice is whether we succumb to the fear or rise with courage to face our truth and shine our brilliance as our sword of valour.”
― Monika Zands
I keep reminding myself to look around me, carefully, appreciating the common things.
Recently, I’ve been doing some macro work as well as playing with layers in Photoshop to isolate my subjects. Today, I moved to the studio and played with lighting to combine these two photographic styles. I’ve been inspired by the works of a photographer on 500px who creates masterpieces (in my opinion) with flowers and studio lighting.
Drawing on that inspiration and gathering a few day lilies from the garden, which I always take for granted and essentially ignore as a ‘filler’ plant, I set up my lights, carefully positioned the lilies in a tall vase, and set about experimenting with ideal camera settings. Within a few tries, I had something that I was happy with and moved over to my iMac to check them out. The result is posted above.
I don’t think I’ll ever look at Day Lilies the same way again. They are stunning, seemingly on fire with colour and light.
Interestingly, I never saw myself doing much studio work, preferring to be outdoors in a canoe or on a trail somewhere. This might be a new rainy day pastime for me.
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 110 mm
1/140 sec, f/14.0, ISO 6400
High Resolution image on 500px: