Sunday, August 12, 2012

Calla Lily Gully

Calla Lily Gully - M9, 21 SEM, ~f/6.7, 1/750s, ISO 160
I've had this image I'd wanted to make using the Calla Lilies that grow at Garrapatta State Beach for some time.  Its very close to what you see here, except I wanted to do it at sunset with the sun visible at the top casting beautiful warm color onto the lilies.  I made this image in the late afternoon more as a compositional test.  Framing it with the M9 was a minor challenge because I did not have a 21mm viewfinder (the M9 only shows frame-lines for lenses as wide as 28mm) but a little experimentation (had to do this hand held) allowed me to get this composition with no cropping post.  The real challenge was in finding a clump of lilies without lots of brown spots or dead petals.  I chose the group in the foreground because it was the best I could find at the time; still I had to do a fair amount of patch work in Photoshop to eliminate a few brown spots.

I figured when I made this image that a color version was unlikely to work because of the time of day.  After a little experimentation I really like how both the petals of the lilies stand out but also the waves the edges of the leaves form.  It took a little while to find the right settings in Silver Efex Pro to bring that out.  I did all this work a couple of months ago and large left the image alone, coming back to it from time to time to clean up brown spots.  Over that time, its an image that has grown on me, enough that I am featuring it as a part of my landscape collection.

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