Randolph Shine  

Lily by Randolph Shine

November 2020 - Lily

November 2020 - Randolph Shine


About the Image(s)

This was the first time anyone had seen this plant bloom in the Arboretum.

LILLY 1 is the submitted photo. The Lilly is the original bloom.

Lilly1 is cropped, increased darkness and contrast, and a little saturation.

Camera settings: 1/3200. F 7.1, ISO 640, 55mm on a 17mm-55m F2.8 canon lens.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
7 comments posted

Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Hi Randolph. Nice to virtually meet you! What an interesting flower! The waxy texture reflects the light beautifully and the s of the petals create an interesting contrast of light and shadow. The black background really causes the flower to "pop".

There are two things I'm wondering about: First, the final image appears to have been shot from a completely different perspective than the original image. Did you perhaps accidentally post the incorrect "original"....or did you use editing software to contort the original to arrive at your final image? Second, there is a subtle diagonal line to the left of the image. I find it somewhat distracting. Editing that out would give the viewer 100% attention to the beauty of your subject.   Posted: 11/03/2020 18:53:00
Randolph Shine   Randolph Shine
I see it now. I guess after working on it so long and was finally satisfied with the flower floating in darkness I missed the branch. I will revisit the photo and see if I can get rid of it.
Thanks.   Posted: 11/15/2020 14:08:35

Ruth Sprain   Ruth Sprain
This unusual flower is quite striking. In my opinion, making the background black creates a more dramatic setting for the subtle pinks and darker "points" of the blossom. I think the top view of the flower works well, since it draws attention to the rose colored "points" at the end of the petals. I agree with Michael that the slight diagonal on the left side of the image is distracting.   Posted: 11/08/2020 18:19:12

Lisa Cirincione   Lisa Cirincione
Beautiful, strange-looking lily, great colors. I agree with the others, eliminate the green diagonal and green spot. Looks great on the black background.   Posted: 11/11/2020 13:58:50

Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
The original flower looks like a group of flamingo birds. I agree with others that the black background makes the flower stand out. I'd prefer to work with the original image since the flower is at its peak and its shape looks more beautiful   Posted: 11/11/2020 20:08:53

Mary Ann Carrasco   Mary Ann Carrasco
Beautiful and unusual flower! I think the original with some color in background works for me. I think having the context of the bloom is very nice and with a bit of saturation to the bloom, it will pop. Both versions are very nice photographs capturing an unusual bloom!   Posted: 11/12/2020 16:04:33

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
hello Randy,

Your lily is beautiful this month! Do you have a name for this lily? Is it rare that no one has seen it bloom in the Arboretum?

I darkened the background for you to cover up the stem in the back left side of frame, and I put a fine gray pin-strip border on it because it has a black background; it helps it stand out.

Hope you like it! Hope all is well with you and your wife.

Best regards,
LuAnn   Posted: 11/15/2020 14:41:53
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