Tigers

I’m not entirely certain as to why Tiger Lilies are my favorite flower. Perhaps the juxtaposition of words; a predatory tiger with a gentle lily. Whatever the reason, they are my favorite flower. Fortunately we have Tiger Lilies beginning to bloom in both our front and back gardens. Here are some captioned views as well as a different lily for contrast.

frontlit

Front Yard Bud

loaded

Loaded Stalk

dew

Tiger Dew

petals and bugs

Petals and Bugs

other

Not a Tiger Lily, But Still Cute

Developing

I haven’t written much about the process I go through after shooting 200-300 pictures in a photo outing, but, in many ways, this process is as significant as the actual picture taking. When I take pictures, I try to be mindful of light, shadows, background, composition, and [hyperbole alert!] a few hundred other things. Very rarely does the image I capture entirely satisfy me or capture what I saw in my mind’s eye.

In the 70’s I had a darkroom where I would print my own black-and-white photos. Today my darkroom is my computer and software.

So today I thought I might share with you the process I go through using a picture from our front yard. I use Lightroom as my developing tool. I usually make just a few adjustments. Sometimes I may make many adjustments; even changing the photo to black-and-white. The captions tell the story of one photo. As always, I welcome your thoughts and comments.

as shot

Here is the image as shot.

shadows darkened

I removed the distracting greens from the background pine and the purple flower in the lower right by darkening the shadows.

color adjustment

I adjusted the color slightly to enhance the prominence of the roses.

cropped

Finally I cropped the image to an 8 x 10 format suitable for printing and framing,

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