“Single Day Lily”

“Once in awhile, you pick the right thing, the exact best thing. Every day, the moment you open your eyes and pull off your blankets, that’s what you hope for. The sunshine on your face,warm enough to make your heart sing.”
― Sarah Ockler

One of my first attempts at this technique involved bringing a daylily cutting into my studio and experimenting with lighting and camera settings. I was so pleased with the results that I have continued using it for many different blossoms and, as those following my blog know, I have created a portable backdrop that I can take with me in the field.

Yesterday, I was experimenting with it in my backyard gardens, when I noticed this stray blossom that had poked through the fence from my neighbour’s yard. Recalling how pleased I was with my first daylily, I set up quickly and made this image. It was made with natural light in one attempt. I’m feeling inspired by the simplicity of it and how stunning the results can be.

When I look at the images a actually have to remind myself that I made them and I smile. It’s so satisfying to the creative in me.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
 @ 200mm
1/20 sec, f/10.0, ISO 200

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16 thoughts on ““Single Day Lily”

  1. wezlo

    I could only see this beautiful image in my reader. In email and in safari an empty box is all I see. And you need to take pictures of your setup, these are beautiful!

  2. joannesisco

    What I like best out of this technique you are using is that the colours of the flower become so vibrant against the black background. This lily demonstrates it so well!!


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