Earlier this week, I received three calla lilies to photograph. For three days, I left them in a corner of my dining room where I have found magic light in the past (see blog post from October 2009). I hung my every-ready black velvet on a chair behind the blossoms. On the second day, the early morning sun glanced across this one flow. Aiming downward, I needed f/32 and a little lens tilt to hold sharpness in the vase and flower.
Due to the wide contrast, I bracketed seven exposures that were one stop apart. This image was made with six of those frames using Photomatix by my assistant John. The exposure blend enabled us to show fine separation of tones in the white, nice shading in the green stems but left the background black.
I made about 700 exposures in various light, including some blurs and many 7-frame brackets, so I still have much editing to do.
Until I can polish up some more selects, I hope you enjoy this one. Let me know your thoughts!
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