A Floral Image | A Lily’s Delicate Petal

A close-up image of a Calla Lily flower showing the detailing and texture of the white petals.

Back in June last year I shared an image of a Calla Lilly called Hidden from Sight that eventually made it into my Top 10 Favourite images of 2011. It was taken during a visit to our local Botanic Gardens which many of you will know is a favourite spot of mine. I mentioned in that original post that I had come across a bed of Calla Lilies outside one of the greenhouses and was compelled to try to capture an image of a flower I have always found difficult to do justice too. I described the process in which I focused on the details rather than the entire flower. This approach is something that has fueled my ongoing Nature’s Detail project and even after 2 years I’m still as passionate as ever about it.

Today I wanted to share another composition from that same session. Indeed it proved a very succesful little outing with this flower as I came away with a number of compositions that I was very pleased with, and will share more with you over the coming months. One of the things that I believe is often missed with this flower is the very fine lines that course through the Spate (ne Petal to you and me). I decided to back light the flower using a flash and a large reflector to draw this particular detail out. This use of lighting provided an almost ethereal feel to the flower which I really liked. Allowing some blurred background to remain in the composition helps to ground the petal to its environment.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: 1/100
Aperture: f/8
Focal Length: 100mm
ISO Speed: 200

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