Joan Funk  

 Longwood Lily by Joan Funk

September 2021 - Longwood Lily

September 2021 - Joan Funk


About the Image(s)

Last month I had the pleasure of visiting Longwood Gardens in Pennsylania. In the Conservatory there was a huge greenhouse space consisting of pools of beautiful lilies.I couldn't stop taking pictures.

I took this lily image with my Sony rx100 camera, which has a 24-200 lens. The settings were 1/2000 sec at f/7.1, ISO 500, 72 mm. In LIghtroom I increased the blacks to improve the background and the vibrance. Next I went to Photoshop and cloned out all the non-black remaining in the background. I used the burn tool to darken areas of the lily that were too light, and added a stroke. Finally, I used Topaz deNoise to remove noise and sharpen the flower.

1 comment posted

Terry Campanella   Terry Campanella
Joan, I can see why you could not stop taking pictures of these beautiful water lilies! I think your post processing of the flower is spot on however using a totally black background gives me a sense that the flower is floating in air. I am wondering if you could using some of the original background would help better anchor the flower. What makes these flowers so unique to me if the fact that they are actually growing in water and the pads that surround them add to their beauty.   Posted: 09/12/2021 12:52:46


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