Working It Out

Working It Out

Calla Lily Close Up

“Calla Lily Macro”  To create the glowing color effect as I like to call it, I changed my lighting setup.

When I first started in photography, I did what I see many beginners do now a days. I would act like a kid in a candy store… trying to shoot as many images of different subjects as I possibly  could. I very quickly learned after reviewing my images, that I had the wrong approach.

Whether doing studio work or in the field, with a familiar subject or not, I like  spending some time with it. Given the opportunity to work my subject I am able to create different variations.

For me it’s more important to challenge myself and I think in part that has helped me developed my eye. I prefer to have a lower total of images that I am happy with than a larger volume of mediocre ones that will end up being deleted. It all comes down to quality vs quantity.

By either changing my angle or point of view, my arrangement, focal length, depth of field or my lighting to name a few, I know I will end up with the variety I am after.

I have learned when photographing familiar subjects in the case of Calla Lily Flowers to  view them with fresh eyes, this way I am able to create a different image than I did in previous times.

I also make every attempt to capture my subject correctly in camera. I know I have the ability to further enhance or modify my images in Photoshop or by the use of the many 3rd party plugins available, but I leave that as an option for post processing, not for correction or recreation.

While the images presented below may not be award winners, I created them more like an exercise on a very stormy day. They where all created in camera and I did come out with even more variations than those posted here. But of course as an option I had to play with a couple of them in Photoshop and Nik Silver Efex Pro.

As usual I appreciate your visit, comments & emails.


Calla Lily Reflection

Calla Lily Reflection

Clla Lily Trio Reflections

“Calla Lily Trio Reflections”

Calla Lily Trio

“Calla Lily Trio Reflections” I love the vivid colors of the flowers that the lighting rendered  and in order to emphasize it, I converted the image to black and white using Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2 and used control points within the plugin to retain the colors in the center flower.

Soft Calla Lily Closeup

“Dreamy Calla Lily Closeup” I used a wide aperture to create an ethereal look of this Macro photograph that I thought went well with the glowing colors

Kermit the Green Tree Frog

Kermit our Green Tree Frog was playing peek a boo while inside the flower

Calla zoom & twirl

Calla Lily zoom & twirl

Calla Swirls

“Calla Swirls”

Calla Lily with Texture Overlay

Calla Lily with Texture Overlay

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  • Nick Palmieri - The reflections are outstanding. Gorgeous work as always. You just keep me wanting to shoot more and more!

  • Bill M. - Susan
    Very, very, very Nice!

  • Jerry Fornarotto - All are great. “Reflections” are all unique, that’s what make a photo of a flower stand out!

  • Edwin - Stellar & exquisite imagery!

  • Susan Candelario - Thanks so much, Dave! I very much appreciate your feedback. The Callas are from your Nursery… good specimens always help. ;o=) For the reflection images I used a black piece of plexi glass placed inside of my shooting tent.

  • david williams - Susan,
    Stunning Work!
    Love the new Kermit pose. And Calla Swirls is also exciting.
    What did you use as the reflective surface?

  • Susan Candelario - Thanks again, Bob & AJ!

  • ajc - as always your work is unique and pleasing to the eye. Keep on trucking

  • Bob Sayegh - There is as much wisdom in your commentary as there is beauty in your

  • Susan Candelario - Hi,
    I thank you all very much for stopping by & for your kind comments.

  • Christopher - Susan,
    So true. I am guilty of running around. Love them all hard to pick a favorite, just as I love all of your work!

  • Tom - Hi Susan,
    I really like the variety very much! Good tips to keep in mind.

  • Julie Kenward - Beautiful work, Susan (as always!) You’ll have to teach me how to set up a studio sometime in the near future!

  • Janet Bongiovanni - Susan, beautiful series. You really know how to ‘work it girl’! My favorite are the reflected images.

  • David Mills - Hi Susan, There you go again coming up with new and
    innovative ways of shooting well photographed subjects.
    The calla lily reflection is probably my favorite but the frog perched on top of the lily is also striking. Nicely done!

  • CATHY MILLER - The colors are soooo vibrant , it makes the flower look so fabulous, you are truly talented !!!

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