Bob Crocker  

Final Lily by Bob Crocker

September 2021 - Final Lily

About the Image(s)

"We have a small hybrid lily garden in the front of our house. This is our final bloom of the season, a reminder of the coming season change.
Taken with my Sony a6500, 35mm 1.8 lens at f6.3, 1/1600 sec at ISO 500. There was a breeze blowing, so that required a higher shutter speed. The fencing in the background is there to keep the deer at bay. I added some blur to soften its impact, hopefully the bloom color will pull attention away from the fence."

7 comments posted

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
Lovely flower that is positioned well in the frame with nice curves and focus. I think it would look great against a dark background. For me, the fences and bright pole behind the flower are distracting. A dark, plain background would give it more impact. Next time, try draping a dark cloth or even jacket behind the flower.   Posted: 09/06/2021 11:18:00
Bob Crocker   Bob Crocker
Thanks Cindy, I understand your point. Next season I'm going to experiment with different backgrounds.   Posted: 09/09/2021 08:16:34

Andrew Carstensen   Andrew Carstensen
Colors are important and should compliment. Light on dark colors like this shot hold the attention on the subject. Dark on light is more difficult. I like to see supporting features because it gives more the flower a reality of how it obtained it's current beauty. This flower looks healthy, happy and well taken care of.   Posted: 09/08/2021 09:25:32
Bob Crocker   Bob Crocker
Thanks Andrew. Good point on light vs dark colors. The shot was a as-is garden photo, so the background is part of the garden. I appreciate your view on the supporting structures. We have had fun with the hybrid lilies this year.   Posted: 09/09/2021 08:20:25

Jessica Manelis   Jessica Manelis
I like the contrast of colors between the orange lily and the green background. I would consider cropping in from the left a little, even cropping off some of the flower. It might make a more interesting composition.   Posted: 09/14/2021 08:18:04

Nelson Charette   Nelson Charette
Very nice, I also might try darkening the background.
Like you said different backgrounds. Next time you could try a black foam core background behind the flower.
I thought about doing that next year.   Posted: 09/20/2021 11:05:08

Marcela Stegemueller   Marcela Stegemueller
Hi Bob,

I like the sharpness of your entire flower. When I try to photograph this kind of flower, I can get the stamens and some of the petals sharp, but not the entire flower like you did. I do think the wire background distracts from the beauty of your flower. If you wanted to take the fencing background from the picture, you might want to try the new remove background on the Property panel of Photoshop. They have made it very easy to do so in a flower like yours.   Posted: 09/22/2021 14:54:56


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