“Of all the flowering bulbs,” I read online, “the easiest to bring to bloom” is the Amaryllis. So why in the world was it so difficult for me to get a decent shot of one. We’ve grown them seemingly forever here and I’ve always had difficulty coming up with a shot that really catches the eye to the point of perhaps enticing someone to buy one. It sounds like a “no- brainer”! An Amaryllis in full bloom is a sight to behold. Gorgeous flowers, they really bring a room or a garden to life. But for some reason, I’ve never been satisfied with my photographs of them. I’ve done close-ups and macros; I’ve gotten on my back and shot them from underneath; I’ve gotten behind them, over them, by the side of one. I’ve shot them from every conceivable angle; in morning light, late afternoon light and once even at midday. Desperate people do desperate things! Then one of the “Arrangers” here said in passing to me, “why not shoot a close mass of them, all growing at different angles from one another but none facing directly into the camera. ” This was my first attempt.
Of course, the leaf just left of center is a huge distraction but I was close. I decided to move in tighter and search for a similar view without any leaves nosing into the frame. I wound up moving around the entire bed but eventually I got what I thought would work.
Even the “Arrangers” who are very prickly about putting flowers “in their proper perspective” approved of this one. “Worthy of your web site, John, ” said one, adding “perhaps someone might be moved to buy a print of it.” Perhaps! Thanks for the look and have a great week ahead. See you next time.