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Beauty Opens Before Our Eyes

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 17 July 2009 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

The lilies have been spectacular this year Seeing them open is a spiritual moment for me.

“There are no short cuts. Great photography requires understanding light and composition, vision and patience – simple discipline - simple but never easy.” Timothy Wolcott

NIKON D700 1/800 second F/3.5 ISO 400 150 mm (35mm equiv.)

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Beautiful shot

17 Jul 2009 5:02am

Scott Schilling from San Martin, United States

Simply wonderful Jack! Great composition also on this and fantastic colors!

17 Jul 2009 5:19am

@Scott Schilling: Thanks, Scott. On the colors, I find this to be an incredibly beautiful lily.

Craig from Vacaville, California, United States

So poetic!

17 Jul 2009 5:28am

PATRICK from miramas, France


17 Jul 2009 5:36am

mo.langel from Switzerland

Splendide macro! Magnifiques couleurs!

17 Jul 2009 6:11am

Yvonne Simons from Tilburg, Netherlands

A very pleasant picture to look at, beautiful colors!

17 Jul 2009 6:11am

Dulcie from Danville, United States

I agree, the Lilies are spiritual, and this image especially so. Very moving. I also enjoy your Timothy Wolcott quote...a lot to aspire to.

17 Jul 2009 6:29am

@Dulcie: Thanks, Dulcie.

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Beautiful they are.. we have tiger lilies in our garden, as you said it is great watching these beauties.

17 Jul 2009 7:33am

Marie-Hélène Ammor from Casablanca/Paris, Morocco

Wonderful opening and colors !

17 Jul 2009 8:47am

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Wow, how beautiful..... Superb shot !!

17 Jul 2009 12:02pm

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

the flow is divine, fantastic photo Jack, bravo!

17 Jul 2009 1:08pm

Don from spokane, United States

A gorgeous blossom with "delicious" colors (if that's possible). I like the detail and those rich colors very much.

17 Jul 2009 1:09pm

@Don: Colors can indeed be delicious. Thanks for your comment, Don.

MARIANA from waterloo, Canada

Fantastic closeup, John ! Colors, light, composition - perfect !!!

17 Jul 2009 1:20pm

Cricket from Somewhere in the, United States

This is one beautiful lily. Amazing shot. I love the way it is hanging it's head.

17 Jul 2009 1:24pm

MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States

That is fine, really fine.

17 Jul 2009 3:01pm

zOOm from Paris, France

Fresh and green like spring ! I like it. It's so alive !

17 Jul 2009 3:08pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful lily profile. Nice colors.

17 Jul 2009 3:31pm

Barbara from Florida, United States

Poetic, pleasant, flowing, words already written but also my thoughts. I love the shades of pink and green. You captured this beautifully.
I do love the quote as I have realized patience is sometimes my obstacle. It may be why I have such a passion for photography, it calms me.

17 Jul 2009 3:54pm

@Barbara: Thanks, Barb. Speaking of photography calming you down, when I am shooting, I feel totally present to the moment (a rarity for me).

dkc from Xanthi, Greece

Fabulous macro and wonderful flower Jack...really great!

17 Jul 2009 4:23pm

Hema Iyer from Bangalore, India


17 Jul 2009 4:43pm

Sarah from Suisse, Switzerland

Beautiful - i love the gentle curl of the petal, so lovely!!

17 Jul 2009 6:59pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

is indeed a beauty to our eyes, jack!

17 Jul 2009 8:24pm

Matt from Gainesville, United States

This is an interesting shot- very dynamic use of composition brings out the colors and textures of the subject.

17 Jul 2009 8:54pm

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece


17 Jul 2009 10:20pm

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

This is exquisite, Jack ... sensual in nature and beautiful in its color! 5 stars!

17 Jul 2009 11:10pm

@Judy: Thanks, Judy. This is my favorite of all my lily shots.

jeff (aka dogilicious) from Millerstown, PA, United States

I agree. Across the continent it has also been a beautiful year for lilies. Excellent compo in this one.

17 Jul 2009 11:44pm

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

The Lilies here have also been beautiful!

18 Jul 2009 12:29am

Claudia from Illinois, United States

Gorgeous lilies. I have taken a few pics of them in my backyard but have yet to post them. The colors here are wonderful--110% spring colors! (even if it is summer. ;)

18 Jul 2009 2:32am

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Such a elegant flower and I like the soft colors and her beautiful curves ... lovely photo!

18 Jul 2009 3:01am

Lee from Fort Frances Ontario, Canada

I always imagined being able to hear them peel as they opened. Or do they pop. Great shot Jack.

18 Jul 2009 3:40am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

so beautiful, elegant and soft ! excellent !

18 Jul 2009 8:17am

Captured In Time Studios from Hamburg, United States

Super !

18 Jul 2009 12:00pm

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom


19 Jul 2009 9:25am

shallowregret from Kongsberg, Norway

beautiful tones

19 Jul 2009 4:37pm

Remus from Portugal

I like the point of view and the contrast.
Well done.

8 Aug 2009 6:42pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Thank you. I really love this shot.

8 Aug 2009 6:43pm