Lily 2020 Bedroom Display, photography by Brenda Landrum of Castle Rock, Colorado

Lily

February 24, 2021

One of my favorite newest images is of this Lily. I love to discover interesting forms of flowers and how unique each bloom is. I didn’t notice this bloom at first but discovered it as I was photographing other blooms.

Any time I start photographing flowers they have usually sat in my home for at least a day so I’ve had time to look them over and be inspired by them. At first I was very drawn to the bright pink interior of the flowers but didn’t love how the florist had already taken off the pollen. It’s great for cleanliness but this is not how a flower looks so I started to focus on the closed blooms and found one at the back of the bunch.

Fell in love with the form of the bloom and the single leaf so I started to explore the best angle. Now most of the time stems never stand, lay, rest in the angle that I want so I like to use clothes pins to help me keep it where I want it. And then it’s as simple as continuing to turn the bloom until I find the angle I like.

I really liked the leaf arching away from the bloom but when I turned it to where the leaf was following the same direction as the one petal opening that was it. I had found the correct angle and started shooting away. I always take several images with different exposures, distances, and aperture so then when I start analyzing in Lightroom I have many options to choose the look that I like best. I love to shoot with a shallow depth of field that provides only a small area of the image in focus. I’m never really in love with images where everything is sharp. I love the softness and mystery some blur gives.

What do you think of this image below? I’d love to know your thoughts, please leave them in the comment section below.

Shot with a Canon EOS R | Sigma 70mm Macro Lens | ISO 160 | 1/125 sec | f/5.6 | White foam core background | Studio Light | White reflector

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  1. Kristi Henkel says:

    Beautiful!

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