Inside the lily by Celeste Mookherjee

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Whether you know this flower as Clivia or Kaffir lily (or even fire lily, bush lily, or St. John’s lily), it’s a vibrant beauty, part of the Amaryllis family. I saw that the light was hitting the back of this flower just right, and I had to capture the fiery moment! (Olympus E-5 & Zuiko 50mm macro, f/6.3, 1/125 sec., ISO 200, backlight from morning sun, handheld) Minimal post-processing in Topaz Adjust.

RedBubble Explore – Featured Photography (February 2013)

Top 10 (3rd Place) in “Macro Lily” challenge in Enchanted Flowers group (August 2014)

Top 10 (3rd Place) in “Monochrome red or orange” challenge in Absolute Clarity group (August 2014)

Top 10 (2nd Place) in “The Macro Challenge” in All Glorious Lilies (September 2012)

Top 10 in “Close-up and Personal” challenge in All Glorious Lilies (April 2012)

Featured in Tell It Like It Is (3 December 2012)

Featured in The Fine Art of Photography (27 February 2015)

Featured in All Glorious Lilies (5 April 2012)

Featured in Peace, Love & Tranquility (5 April 2012)

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  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...almost 3 years ago

  • Anita Pollak
    Anita Pollakalmost 3 years ago

    This is just gorgeous, Celeste – a vibrant beauty indeed! Wonderful color, lighting, and selective focus. Welcome back!

  • Thanks very much, Anita! This is really just a toe in the water (so to speak), but it feels good to participate even a little.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesalmost 3 years ago

    Wow! What a surreal macro! The light and color are awesome. It reminds me of an exploding galaxy!

  • Thank you, Angie! These flowers are amazing when the light hits just right. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Thomas Eggert
    Thomas Eggertalmost 3 years ago

    Another Beauty Celeste…..:)

  • Thanks very much, Thomas!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • EbyArts
    EbyArtsalmost 3 years ago

    So vibrant!!!!!!!! Love the power in this image, Celeste. Beautiful!!!!

  • Thank you, Eby! True, there’s power in that red-orange when lit from behind.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Felix Haryanto
    Felix Haryantoalmost 3 years ago

    Luscious colour! Lovely shot as usual Celeste :)

  • Thank you so much, Felix! I’m drawn to these flowers because orange is my favorite color, but it takes the right light to make them show their fiery selves. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonalmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful glow. Beautiful work

  • Thanks very much, Joy!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Elizabeth Tunstall
    Elizabeth Tuns...almost 3 years ago

    Brilliant colour in this Celeste!

  • Thank you, Elizabeth! Color is the big appeal for me with these lilies.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devinealmost 3 years ago

    It’s an eruption of molten colour!

  • Thank you, Bette! That’s a very appropriate description with this lighting.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • KatMagic Photography
    KatMagic Photo...almost 3 years ago

    …that’s on fire! How beautiful, Celeste!

  • Thanks very much, Katherine! I’m so glad you like it!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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