Calla Lilly_The Inside Scoop_Doc Miles Photography
November 21, 2012 • 1 Comment
I don't normally shoot flowers because they are everywhere and beautiful in nature, but the Calla Lilly is an exception. I am blessed to live where the Calla is prevalent everywhere. My landlord (The U.S Govt.) considers it a "weed" in the front of the house, but allows it anywhere else. This attitude leads to "Calla Rustling". Because they keep coming up, no matter how many times you pull them out, they come back; when they do, I dig them up and plant them out back. I am working on a Calla farm behind the house.
Here in the Presidio, they bloom their beautiful flowers twice a year; in Winter and in Summer, but you never know when. What makes them special is that they are one tough plant and will never cease to let you down with their beauty.
So here is my Calla Lilly. I used a Nikkor Micro 105mm F2.8 lens. Shooting this kind of lens in nature is really tough because of the wind and passing sunlight. I cut this baby and put it into a small vase. I put it into natural light in the front doorway. I used a ladder, tripod and small step stool to get the right angle. The original raw photo was just OK, but after a while in Lightroom 4, Photoshop PS6, NIK ColorEfex 4 and OnOne Perfect B&W it worked out to be an acceptable shot. Whew! It even looks good in duotone or B&W. That's the great thing about the Calla.
This may never wind up in my portfolio or anywhere else , but I like it and that is all that matters. Oopps, I have to run. I just got a call from the Museum of Art about this post.
Nikon D800 Camera
Nikkor Micro 105mm F2.8 Lens
F2.8 at 1.3 seconds @ ƒ22
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I had to get home to see this on my monitor-- I especially love the full color version. My big printer is itching to put that on metallic paper at 24" x whatever... and it would look great on canvas, as well. Great shot, Doc!
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