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 paul@paulfearsphoto.co.uk 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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