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Yellow Calla Lily

Posted by
Anita (West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States) on 18 April 2009 in Plant & Nature.

NIKON D300 1/13 second F/13.0 ISO 200 105 mm


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zOOm from Paris, France

Lilly is an exquisite flower. Utter elegance. Very nice shot and angle of view.

18 Apr 2009 5:07am

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Beautiful! The background supports this so nicely!

18 Apr 2009 5:52am

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

gorgeous and that bokeh is amazing

18 Apr 2009 7:04am

Dulcie Andres from Danville, CA, United States

Nice springey bokeh with the bright yellow calla. Spiffy!

18 Apr 2009 7:09am

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

You always come up with such clever ways of looking at flowers; it helps me see them in ways I wouldn't be able to without your guidance.

18 Apr 2009 8:00am

Arnd from Basel, Switzerland

Beautiful and fascinating image section.

18 Apr 2009 9:02am

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Superb. I especially like the background.

18 Apr 2009 2:53pm

Marie from perth, Australia

I love your photography Anita, this one is gorgeous, I just love flowers and you capture them perfectly. (could you tell me what software you use). Have a great weekend.

18 Apr 2009 2:54pm

@Marie: Thank you so much!!!

I'm happy to tell you about the software I use. It is interesting that you ask now, as I'm in transition from one to another. Up till recently, I've used Raw Shooter Essentials to convert my RAW files (I shoot excludively in RAW, as it is so foriving), and did editing in Photoshop 7.

Unfortunately, Raw Shooter was sold and it does not accept files from my new camera, Nikon D300. For the past several weeks I've been experiementing with various trial software downloads. I recently settled on Photoshop Elements 7. The price is right (under $100) (I cannot upgrade to CS4 from PS7) and it seems to do all I want. For now, I'm just doing basic RAW adjustments and conversion (to TIFF) in Elements 7 (trial version), and the doing my usual editing in PS7. Once I get the new software and a book to tell me how to use it, I may do more work in Elements.

I don't do much in post processing. When working with RAW files, I may adjust the highlights, exposure, darkness, and fill light. In PS7, I mostly do: levels, contrast, saturation, selective color, crop, clone, burn, dodge, sharpen.

As you see, I'm not a big post-processing person. However, I am learning some neat tricks to make an image look better from the BirdPhotographers site I mentioned in my emal.

I'm happy to answer any questions!


Suzanne from Huntington Bch, California, United States

Beautiful form and colors...love it.

18 Apr 2009 7:47pm

Ronnie 2¢ from London, United Kingdom

Such graceful curves . . evolution has served the lily rather well, I'd say.

18 Apr 2009 11:54pm

edvatza from United States

Very pretty, Anita. You've combined several elements that I too have been working on. The multi-colored oof background is great. And you've come up with another non-traditional way to look at the Calla Lily. Great composition. Great work.

19 Apr 2009 12:22am

Mary from Exton, United States

I love this!

19 Apr 2009 2:29am

Marcie from United States

Exquisite. Especially love the brightly colored background bokeh.

19 Apr 2009 5:32pm

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

I love the wonderful colors, graceful lines, and beautiful softness to this image.

20 Apr 2009 3:12am

Paul Michko from Exton, PA, United States

Stunning!!! Don't you just love cala's, Anita

20 Apr 2009 10:49am

Sue from Paducah, United States

The bokeh creates a colorful background that adds interest and pizazz! I am paying closer attention to your EXIF info; hoping to learn from you! Stunning detail while maintaining your person artistry.

20 Apr 2009 10:59am

Sue from Paducah, United States

should read "personal" -- sorry!

20 Apr 2009 11:00am

manel from Girona, Spain

Me encantan la composición que das a tus macros. Perfecta

20 Apr 2009 11:08am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Amazing how you transform flowers into art! Magnificent work you do

20 Apr 2009 11:01pm

edvatza from United States

I know I commented on the other site but every time I look at this I like it more. Wonderful image, Anita.

20 Apr 2009 11:19pm

1/13 second
ISO 200
105 mm