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“Return of the Day Lilies”

“Return of the Day Lilies”

“Be music always. Keep changing the keys, tones, pitch, and volume of each of the songs you create along your life’s journey and play on.” 
― Suzy Kassem

Today marks just about a year since I started into my studio based floral photographs. What started in my mind, as I drove past ripe wheat fields, as a vision of photographing some of the wheat under controlled lighting, quickly changed gears when those images did not materialize as I had envisioned them.

At that time, the day lilies in our gardens were blooming and I took a few in to see how they would look. After fiddling with my exposure settings and using my trusty 70-200mm zoom lens, since I did not own a macro lense at the time, I got images that stunned me. I could not believe how the isolation against the black velvet backdrop made the flower ‘pop’ and fine details emerged so clearly.

There has been no turning back from this. Though I enjoy being in the outdoors and photographing the wild world around me, there is a satisfaction in these florals. They continue to stun me with their vibrancy and detail and I enjoy the process of composition. The lighting and settings have become second nature. It’s just a matter of having enough subject matter to photograph.

So, to mark this milestone in my photographic journey, I decided to grab a stem of day lily and bring it to the studio for a couple of quick shots, two to be precise. This is the first one. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
2.5 sec, f/32.0 ISO 100

High Resolution image on 500px

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“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

For more images like this, please visit my Facebook page:
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or my website (some images available for purchase)
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