If there is a Calla Lily and you are in Northern California, there is a good chance you are somewhere near the coast. Whether it is strolling through Golden Gate Park, driving past yards in visitor-unfriendly Bolinas, or in this case, the garden landscape of the Inn at Schoolhouse Creek in Little River, CA, just south of the town of Mendocino, if there are consistent cool breezes the lilies love it.
This photograph ended up in B&W/monochrome since the heavy green background and various yellow-hued backlit elements overwhelmed the simple lines of the lily flower. Despite some composition mistakes (see below), the processing attempts to keep the flower as the primary element.
I suppose it is rarely good to start a post (or a conversation for that matter) with a negative, so I will move this paragraph lower down the post. If memory serves correct, I rushed to grab my camera for this photograph because of the worry that the sun would dip behind the marine layer (clouds) the lighting on the Calla Lily would disappear. The good news, I captured the light. The bad news, I did not pay as much attention to the background as I should have. So the negative here is the top right edge of the lily bumps into the leaf in the background. If I had just set up the camera an inch to the right and maybe even lower just a smidge, the lily would have been isolated in the darkest portion of the background. A lesson learned to be remembered next time.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 35mm, f/2, 1/1250 sec (35mm prime lens)
Little River (CA), Calla Lily, Afternoon Backlight, Monochrome. Inn at Schoolhouse Creek, Little River, CA. April 02, 2016. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.