These tall water lilies were growing in a perfect location for photography: a raised decorative pond at Mission San Juan Capistrano (California, USA). There was one little problem, however: the angelic white flowers were pointed straight up at the sun, almost directly overhead. This can be a recipe for blown-out highlights, which I managed to avoid only by watching my camera’s histogram. Even so, the white flowers seemed too starkly bright against the dark background. I compressed the tonal range a little by using some subtle textures overall and applying the Orton effect primarily to the flowers to achieve a glow. Best viewed LARGE! (Olympus E-300 & Zuiko 35mm macro, f/8, 1/100 sec., ISO 100, midday sun, handheld) Textures used are “Esprit” from the Artiste Collection and “Creation” from the Tableaux Collection at Leslie Nicole’s French Kiss Textures.
Featured in RedBubble Explore, 7 Day Popular Art, Design & Photography (November 2012)
Top 10 in “You Choose” challenge in All Glorious Lilies (January 2013)
Top 10 in “Shapes & Patterns in Orton Effect” challenge in Shapes and Patterns group (November 2012)
Featured in All Glorious Lilies (17 December 2012)
Featured in The Best of RedBubble (14 November 2012)
Featured in Peace, Love & Tranquility (12 November 2012)
Featured in The Woman Photographer (12 November 2012)
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