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On Tuesday I shared an image from my 2008 archives and described it being taken around the time I began to take photography seriously. That got me thinking about the above image. This Calla Lilly was captured around that same time period, May 2008 and is one of the most pivotal images in my portfolio. I remember the day I was in the Botanical Gardens for the first time and happening across a bed of Calla Lilies. I remember setting up my trusty 400D and Sigma 17-70 on a Tripod and composing this image. I remember looking at the LCD screen at the back of the Camera after clicking the shutter release and seeing something sparkle. A quick zoom in showed me the dew drop and I thought to myself wow, that looks like a ‘keeper’. However it was not until I got home and displayed the image full-size on the computer did I see that not only was the a dew drop hanging off the tip of the flower, and that there was a lovely sparkle and flair from the sun off the dew drop but in fact the neighbouring Lilly is reflected in that same dew drop.
It was from this moment on that I feel in love with Floral Macro Photography. Is this image technicaly perfect? No. Presented with the same scene again would I do anything differently? Yes. But at an emotional level this continues to be one of my favorite images.
Camera: Canon EOS 400D
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC Macro
Focal Length: 70mm
ISO Speed: 100