Photographs of the Amaryllis Flower

Photographs of the Amaryllis Flower

Sunday February 22, 2015

The Beautiful Amaryllis

For Christmas, a good friend of ours bought us an Amaryllis plant.  It came in a box and so my wife took it out and put it in the sun on the kitchen window sill.  Very quickly it started to grow.  A thick green stem starting pushing skywards, growing at quite a pace, and very quickly there were buds.  By this weekend there were three beautifully ornate white flowers.

The Amaryllis flower is tall stemmed, with trumpet-like blooms.  In Greek mythology, Amaryllis was a shepherdess who loved Alteo, a shepherd with Hercules' strength and Apollo's beauty.  Alteo was passionate about flowers and had said that he would only love a girl who brought him a new flower.  Amaryllis dressed in maiden's white and appeared at Alteo's door for 30 nights, each time piercing her heart with a golden arrow.  When Alteo finally opened his door, he found a crimson flower, sprung from the blood of Amaryllis's heart.  The Amaryllis symbolises pride, determination and radiant beauty.

To get the best photograph of the Amaryllis, I shot it against a black background.  I used two light sources, which I moved around depending on which flower I was focusing and working on illuminating the delicate white petals.  In Photoshop, I slightly adjusted the clarity to bring out the veins in the petals and cropped where necessary, but post-processing was limited.  I used my Canon 6D with a 70-200mm lens, fixed on a tripod.  The first few photographs were taken with a large aperture (F4), but I wanted the whole flower in focus and so I moved to F32 with a very slow shutter speed.  Subsequently I used a tripod and self-timer to get the sharpest images.

The photographs can be seen on my website and are available to purchase as framed photographs or canvases.  Please email me on if you would are interested in purchasing an image to display on your wall.  Low resolution images can also be purchased and downloaded.

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