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Lily pads Longwood by Gloria Fine

March 2020 - Lily pads Longwood

March 2020 - Gloria Fine


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This photo was taken at Longwood Gardens at the Lily Pad Gardens. It was taken with my Sony A6300 camera and my Sony 18-105 lens f/4. 1/25 seconds at f/8.0, ISO 125 at 105 mm.

8 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
What a good choice for converting to monochrome--the lily comes through so bright.
I might have slid around to the left, if possible, to shoot all the pads behind the lily.
You might consider cropping from the top, so that all the pads are equally cut off in this composition.
I don't know how any of that would actually work out.   Posted: 03/03/2020 15:03:03

Gloria Fine   Gloria Fine
Thanks Stephen. The Lily Pad Gardens are not open now; when they open again, I will absolutely take a look to see if I could do what you suggested. It is one of my favorite places to go. The variety of lilies is phenomenal and the lily pads are a picture unto themselves!

Gloria   Posted: 03/04/2020 08:48:47

Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
The lily pads have a really nice pattern to them. You have a good reflection of the lily below it, which is adding to the image. I am not familiar with water lilies, but it looks like you might have lost some detail in the flower (if water lilies have detail in the petals.) The flower appears blue on my monitor, and when I converted to grey scale, the blue goes away.   Posted: 03/07/2020 19:54:54
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Gloria Fine   Gloria Fine
Good morning, Tom:

Thanks for recognizing the the nice pattern of the lily pads. I love the lilies and, in the past, didn't focus on the lily pads until this year. They are fascinating!

I am going to look at some other photos that I have of lilies and lily pads. I think what may have happened is when I was converting to black and white I may have used a preset that brought out some blue in the white area. Another explanation and/or excuse is that I was concentrating on getting the detail in the center of the lily...   Posted: 03/08/2020 08:49:29

Diana Magor   Diana Magor
I also noticed the blue sheen probably most noticeable in the flower and Tom's doesn't show it. I would crop the top so the edge goes through the lily pads, making it a square format with the flower centrally placed. In fact I took off a little bit on the other 3 sides as well to place it exactly where I wanted it.   Posted: 03/19/2020 05:52:12
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Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
Diana's crop works for me here. The water lay has a lot of detail in the color image, but as previously mentioned it loses detail after conversion. The lily pads are great; their pattern and thee water they're holding adds much. I could spend the day photographing lilies in bloom.   Posted: 03/25/2020 21:14:44

Gloria Fine   Gloria Fine
Thanks for your comments. I too could spend all day photographing lilies in bloom and the lily pads are fascinating. I agree that composition is an issue and an area I try to focus on. It is difficult with the way the areas are designed. I am going to keep trying when the gardens open again.   Posted: 03/25/2020 21:35:41

Jennifer Doerrie   Jennifer Doerrie
I've tried several times over the years to get good water lily photos, but never have been very happy with mine. I like your yellow lily here in color, and think it also works well in monochrome. Like Diana, I prefer the tighter crop to bring more attention to the intricate blossom, as well as the patterns in the lily pads.   Posted: 03/27/2020 22:56:39


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