Georges Dormoy  

Soft Ambiance by Georges Dormoy

July 2021 - Soft Ambiance

About the Image(s)

This photo of an Hemerocal flower was taken in my garden quite a while ago (in 2006) with my Nikon D100 with an aperture of f/32 and in jpg original format. Unfortunately I could not find the metadata for this photo to provide more detail. The light came from a flash with a large white diffuser in order to ensure a f /32 aperture and soft light. No wind to disturb the flower, but still facing a challenging situation of extending the focus to the maximum area of the photo.

17 comments posted

Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Absolutely beautiful image. No need for improvement here. Just gorgeous.   Posted: 07/04/2021 14:58:08
Georges Dormoy   Georges Dormoy
Thanks Bev for your comments. Macrophoto has always been one of my favorite way to make photos.   Posted: 07/06/2021 09:34:05

Charissa Lansing   Charissa Lansing
Hi Georges,
Thank you for sharing this image. My eye is drawn right into the frame. The color variations and texture details are fascinating to me. The diffused flash seems to highlight a magical glow in this lovely daylily. Well done!   Posted: 07/05/2021 22:50:26
Georges Dormoy   Georges Dormoy
Thanks Charissa.   Posted: 07/06/2021 09:34:40

Dick States   Dick States
There's everything to love about this image. Great DOF, beautiful lighting, composition is right on and the cropping could not be better. Great texture. All these elements provide great impact to this image. Studying this image provides me with a positive impact. This should score well. Beautiful image.   Posted: 07/06/2021 20:18:39
Georges Dormoy   Georges Dormoy
Thanks Dick.   Posted: 07/06/2021 22:56:44

Janet DiMattia   Janet DiMattia
Hi, Georges,
Very nice close-up of the blossom. The muted tones of the blossom allow the center area to really stand out. Very sharp with great detail.
Well done,
Janet   Posted: 07/07/2021 06:44:20
Georges Dormoy   Georges Dormoy
Thanks Janet. But one can note that one of the pistils is cut and that could breaks the harmony of the set of pistils which is the main focus in the photo. I could have "photoshopped" that pistil but was afraid that the removal operation would be visible.
None of you mentioned that and I am wondering if you think that it is not something that break the harmony   Posted: 07/07/2021 09:00:13
Janet DiMattia   Janet DiMattia
I thought about that but was not too concerned. If you plan to enter the image in a "Nature" division it has to be left this way. If entering in non-nature divisions you might have tried to replace it. Here is my attempt -   Posted: 07/07/2021 11:07:42
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Dick States   Dick States
Sorry Georges and Janet you are both wrong about this flower. Check my bio out.
This is a Day Lily, Hemerocallis species and all the parts in this flower are just the way they are suppose to be. Nothing is broken or missing.
This is what's called a perfect flower in that it has both male and female parts together in a single flower. The part that Georges thinks is broken is the female part called a pistil. In day lilies there is only one pistil. The pistil is made up three parts. The white tip is called the stigma which is sticky used to catch the pollen from the male. The long stem like part is called the style (a tube) the pollen travels down this tube to the the ovary. Seeds form in the ovary if it gets pollinated. The other six parts are called stamens these are the male parts of the flower. The yellow tips are called anthers. The anthers are covered with pollen. The anthers are attached to the filament (the long stem). So the pollen has to get to the stigma some how to produce seeds.
So Georges there's nothing broken or wrong with your flower. This would not be allowed in nature because this is a cultivated domesticated flower.   Posted: 07/07/2021 12:16:22
Janet DiMattia   Janet DiMattia
Thanks, Dick for the information. It is amazing how you can learn something new every day - even at my age or should I say especially at my age!
I just went out to the orange Day Lilies in my yard and YES they have a long filament stem. Is that a characteristic of all Day lilies?
  Posted: 07/07/2021 12:59:28
Dick States   Dick States
Yes everything you see in Georges image is characteristic of the Day lily family. One pistil and usually six stamens.   Posted: 07/07/2021 13:34:57
Georges Dormoy   Georges Dormoy
Thanks, Dick, for your very informative comments. I took good note of them.   Posted: 07/07/2021 13:59:39

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
(Groups 4 & 31)
Hi Georges
Beautiful beautiful image superbly framed delicacy and detail combined.   Posted: 07/12/2021 14:42:53

Tracy Szela   Tracy Szela
While as a biologist, I appreciate Dick's comments about nothing being "broken", and from a technical perspective, it's ok. However, from an artistic perspective, the one different pistil is distracting. I wonder if you just darkened it, if that would make it less distracting? I do like the shapes of the petals and stamen/pistil and the way you captured them.   Posted: 07/14/2021 20:24:48

John Kelly   John Kelly
(Group 88)
This is a gorgeous photo and I would not change a thing.
It shows the true beauty of nature. In looking at the flower you can see why the males are attracted to the female as we are distracted to her as well in viewing the photo.   Posted: 07/18/2021 14:53:22

Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
Perfect and beautiful, tho I like what Janet did, if it were allowed. The different tip is a bit distracting.   Posted: 07/19/2021 12:22:43


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