Don MacKenzie  

Rain Lily by Don MacKenzie

September 2020 - Rain Lily

About the Image(s)

I photographed this rain lily in my backyard a few days ago. Shot in RAW, adjusted exposure, contrast and mid- and black-points, and set luminance at 100% to eliminate "noise". Used clone stamp to remove some stems in foreground. Black poster board was used for the background. The "rain drops" are a combination of water and glycerin sprayed onto the petals.

5 comments posted

David Terao   David Terao
Beautiful, Don! I've been shooting a lot of flowers lately, but none this pretty. I believe it's a pink rain lily indigenous to South America. Did you grow it yourself? The glycerin/water drops make the image come alive. I heard glycerin leaves black spots on the flower when the drops dry off though. I wouldn't change a thing.   Posted: 09/02/2020 16:17:22
Don MacKenzie   Don MacKenzie
I don't know when my wife bought the lilies, but they have been in our backyard for several years. They bloom several times a year.   Posted: 09/10/2020 14:01:23

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
This is a quite striking flower image. The vibrant colors, crisp details and water drops make it special. Very nice against the stark black background.   Posted: 09/12/2020 07:53:10

Ray Henrikson   Ray Henrikson
An impressive image but, I feel, it needs context. Just a touch of bokeh would do it. The image is too sterile and isolated as I see it here.   Posted: 09/14/2020 21:59:52

Charlie Yang   Charlie Yang
a very nice image, and perfect flower petals. Also, do it at your backyard, anytime. If you don't like it, go out and shoot it again! Wonderful!
Envy you, not a lot of calm day in Windy City, Chicago.
Thanks for the idea, might do that on cut flowers in door, once it get cold out.
Image is fine for me, if anything, might add some aux light to show light/shadow while you have it.   Posted: 09/17/2020 22:00:03


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