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Cala Lily Detail

Posted by
Anita (West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States) on 22 January 2008 in Plant & Nature.

Not as sharp as I would have liked.
The Cala lilies at Longwood took my breath away, reminding me of the fabulous garden of my childhood in Peru and of my mother. They were, however, challenging to photograph well. I will have to go back and try again.

KONICA MINOLTA MAXXUM 5D 1/20 second F/22.0 ISO 100 100 mm


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DaWn.~ from Iran

FantaStic Shot !
Nicely Done...

22 Jan 2008 3:33pm

@DaWn.~: Thank you.

Cris from Lower Mainland, Canada

nice picture. i love the detail!

22 Jan 2008 5:16pm

@Cris: Thanks. I like to get in close.

lucie from san francisco, United States


22 Jan 2008 5:17pm

@lucie: Thanks.

Steven from Montreal, Canada

Beautiful texture and lines, very well done!

22 Jan 2008 6:04pm

@Steven: Many thanks.

Jrask from Pasadena, United States

looks sharp to me! great shot :)

23 Jan 2008 1:00am

@Jrask: Thank you.

Scott Collins from Ontario, California, United States

I agree it's a little soft, but it's really hard to combine a macro shot with deep depth-of-field (there might have been a little camera shake too). At least the subject lends itself to a softer shot. Nobody can argue with the composition, however, it's wonderful! Any shot with a inward spiral really holds your attention and brings the viewer into the shot. Great work!

23 Jan 2008 1:01am

@Scott Collins: Scott: I appreciate your thoughtful comments. You make a good point about the very narrow depth of field in macro shots. I used a tripod and a delayed shutter release, so I don't think there was camera shake, but, the focus might be off a bit. My macro lens' auto focus does not always work well, and my eyes are not the best.

GJC from Kyoto, Japan

I agree with Scott (above). The composition is fabulous and the DOF may contribute to a certain fuzziness, but in fact it makes it also interesting in that you start with a textured surface and spiral inward into a soft one, so actually I think it works well.

23 Jan 2008 1:09am

@GJC: Thank you for your comment. I especially appreciate your positive words about the composition. I was especially aware of the softness because it is an area of my photography I'm working on improving.

Tali from Serendipity, United States

What an interesting and lovely shot! I like it!

23 Jan 2008 4:12am

@Tali: I'm glad you like it.

10cré from Versailles, France

Magnifiques courbures....very nice work !

23 Jan 2008 8:52am

@10cré: Merci!!

Paul Michko from Exton, PA, United States

Oh Anita, Brava brava!!! This is stunning.

25 Jan 2008 11:57am

Kerri from United States

Wow Anita....i adore this one. There is something very sensual about this shot!

28 Jan 2008 2:33pm

Kelly from United States

Simply Beautiful.....

29 Jan 2008 1:20am

Teri D from Oxford PA, United States

akin to an infants ear.....delicate lovely

29 Jan 2008 3:53am

Elspeth from St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago

Wow. Your flower shots are great. Are they all natural lighting?

2 May 2008 3:26am

@Elspeth: Thank you so much! Yes. I only use natural light. The photos taken at the Longwood Gardens conservatory, such as this one, benefit from the fabulous diffuse light of the conservatory. I'm finding out that taking photos outdoors is more challenging as the light is more variable.

Nataly from Santa Monica, United States

Your flower images are very beautiful, Anita. You manage to show their delicacy and vulnerability.

19 May 2008 1:09am

@Nataly: Thank you so much, Natalie. That is exactly what I'm trying to do, and I'm glad it is coming through in the photos.

amateuRobert from Budapest, Hungary

Látványos absztrakt.

6 Nov 2010 8:52am

@amateuRobert: I'm glad you like it. Thank you for visiting and commenting.

GIPSY ELENA from Basauri, Spain

..again.. delicious..

27 Feb 2011 10:30am


1/20 second
ISO 100
100 mm