If you think I did something beyond point and shoot on this photo, you’d be wrong. I credit Mother Nature. But my 70-200mm 2.8 lens played an important role.
The circular green swirls that seem to frame these lilies are actually out-of-focus lilly leaves. And, like so many shots I take, I didn’t see this until I opened the photo on my computer.
These lilies are long gone now, I’m sad to say. In fact many of the flowers in my wife’s garden are waning. Fall is just around the corner and, of course, it offers many opportunities for photographers.
It’s the four or five months of winter that I find challenging. . . .
Canon 5DII 1/200s f/2.8 ISO400 130mm
Who looks at the back sides of lilly leaves? I do. Once again, I am photographing Stargazer lilies – but this time I was trying to see what I hadn’t seen before.
Incidentally, here’s a photo I posted almost a year ago that also gives a slightly different view of this flower.
I took exactly 65 pictures of my wife’s single blooming Star Lilly plant this morning and this was one of the last ones I captured. And I like it best. Is there a lesson for would be photographers in this? Perhaps. For me the lesson is to take photos from many angles and you might be surprised. Photography literally means “writing with light.” But for me, photography sometimes offers the opportunity to learn the difference between “looking” at something and truly “seeing” it. Enough of the philosophy! If you want to see two of the other 65 photos I took, check these out:
Star Lilly 01 (click)
Star Lilly 02 (click)
Canon 5DII 1/50s f/5.0 ISO400 100mm