Daylily in a Droplet by Anita Pollak

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I am taking a water droplet refraction class and this was one of the images I submitted for the first assignment. I placed a drop of glycerin on a blade of artificial grass in front of one of my daylily cards. The process was quite difficult for me – I took over 150 shots and I was lucky to get three that were good enough for the assignment. (Good enough, but there’s plenty of room for improvement!)

It was shot indoors with a small flash attached to a flexible arm placed over the card and behind the drop. Focusing was very challenging because the viewfinder is so dark at this much magnification. Live view was somewhat helpful, but I had to use a flashlight positioned just so to get enough light to focus.

The image I submitted for the class had a plain yellow background (out of focus daylily image) so I dressed it up a bit for RedBubble in PS CS6 by taking the original red and yellow daylily and applying several rounds of Gaussian blur until I got the look I wanted. I finished it off with Fauve Rainbow from French Kiss Textures.

Nikon 300S and Nikon 105mm f/2.8 micro lens with three Kenko tubes (68mm additional extension).

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I am a photographer living in Massachusetts and my passion is flowers. I take the time to reveal the special beauty of each flower and I hope that comes through as you look at my work.

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  • patcheah
    patcheahabout 2 years ago

    Stunning macro! Love the details ,reflection and colours.Beautiful!

  • Thank you so much for your lovely comments, patcheach!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteabout 2 years ago

    Outstanding Anita.

  • Thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to look at and comment on my photos, Julie!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Marie Moriscot
    Marie Moriscotabout 2 years ago

    Gorgeous picture. Great macro.

  • Thank you so much for your kind comments, Marie!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Christine Lake
    Christine Lakeabout 2 years ago


  • Thank you so much for your kind comment, Christine!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Tammera
    Tammeraabout 2 years ago


  • Thank you so much for the feature, Tammera!

    – Anita Pollak

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithabout 2 years ago

    Very pretty,…

  • Thank you for your kind comments, John!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Marilyn Cornwell
    Marilyn Cornwellabout 2 years ago

    Congratulations on Jan 17 2013!

  • Thank you so much for the feature, Marilyn!

    – Anita Pollak

  • MotherNature
    MotherNatureabout 2 years ago

    Awwww – one perfect bloom inside the droplet! Very nice. Congratulations on your feature in Layered Up – FAVE:>)

  • Thank you so much for your lovely comment and the fave, MotherNature!

    – Anita Pollak

  • RayDevlin
    RayDevlinabout 2 years ago

    Lovely macro shot Anita!

  • Thank you so much for your kind comments, Ray!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Dawn M. Becker
    Dawn M. Beckerabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful :o)

  • Thank you so much for your kind comment, Dawn!

    – Anita Pollak

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