Elegant calla against nature's painted backdrop by Celeste Mookherjee

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I’m taking a brief break from my Catalina photos with this calla lily captured at my local botanical garden against the glorious colors of spring blooms backlit by the morning sun. This is totally natural: no crop, composed in camera, and no manipulation (only slight sharpening of the flower). (Olympus E-5 & Zuiko 70-300mm zoom at 215mm, f/11, 1/320 sec., ISO 500, open shade & morning sun, handheld)

Special Recognition in the worldwide Botanicals juried art competition and appears in the “Botanicals Art Exhibition – August 2012” at the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery

RedBubble Explore – Featured Photography (May 2013)

Top 10 in “You Choose the Entries" challenge in All Glorious Lilies (June 2014)

Top 10 in “Flowers from the ground” challenge in Absolute Clarity group (July 2013)

Top 10 in “Arum Lily” challenge in Enchanted Flowers group (February 2013)

Top 10 in “Flower Greeting Card” challenge in Enchanted Flowers group (November 2012)

Top 10 in “Calla Lily Challenge” in All Glorious Lilies (July 2012)

Featured in Enchanted Flowers (6 September 2013)

Featured in One Single Flower on Display (13 March 2013)

Featured in THE GROUP (7 May 2012)

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  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...over 2 years ago

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 2 years ago

    Very nice capture

  • Thank you, Larry!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • EbyArts
    EbyArtsover 2 years ago

    So BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thanks so much, Eby! I really appreciate your enthusiasm. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethover 2 years ago

    so gorgeous!!!!! beautiful work.

  • Thank you very much, LisaBeth!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Angelika Sielken
    Angelika Sielkenover 2 years ago

    so very incredible this is Celeste, I love the bokeh, it adds movement and magic:)

  • Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Angelika!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • julie08
    julie08over 2 years ago

    Beautiful :)

  • Thank you kindly, Julie! I’m so happy you like it!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 2 years ago

    A fabulous “pure” shot! Amazing work! Elegance for sure!

  • Thank you so much, Angie! The light and the background of foliage and flowers really came together for me that morning.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • KatMagic Photography
    KatMagic Photo...over 2 years ago

    …so lovely, Celeste, and that background is just so perfect against the delicate white of the lily…

  • Thank you very much, Katherine! When I checked my first shot on my view screen, I was really excited at the way everything came together. I then proceeded to take the shot over and over at a variety of f/stops to be REALLY sure of getting it. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • leonie7
    leonie7over 2 years ago


  • Thanks again, Lee! I appreciate your comments very much.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Eileen McVey
    Eileen McVeyover 2 years ago

    Nice backlighting getting the textures.

  • Thanks very much, Eileen! Callas have such wonderful petal texture, but it’s not always easy to get that texture in the white petals. Here I was fortunate that most of the light was indirect.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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