Photographs of the Amaryllis FlowerSunday 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.
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