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Daylily Flower

There has been Daylily plants planted in planters in the back yard for years now. They reliably pop up every year about this time. I always enjoy looking at them and I always say that someday I’m going to get my camera and photograph them. Well, that day came the other day when I looked out and there were dozens of flowers popping up. I guess the recent rains have provided them with extra nutrition.

Daylilies are perennial plants, whose name insinuates that the Daylily flower typically does not last more than 24 hours. The flowers of most species open in early morning and wither during the following night. They are sometimes replaced by another one on the same stalk the next day. Some species are night-blooming. Daylilies are not commonly used as cut flowers for formal flower arranging because they tend to wilt quickly. Some people clip the stalk and allow the multiple blooms to develop over a few days.

So, the question for you is: Did I photograph this Daylily flower outdoors in the planter or did I clip it and photograph it in my light box? Please comment below if you have an opinion.


This image was taken with my Canon EOS 5DS using my Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 II Lens set on 400mm. The camera was set on Aperture priority mode with the aperture set at f/13, shutter speed at 1/30th of a second and the ISO set at 100. This is a single photograph processed in Lightroom and Nik Color Efex Pro.

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8 thoughts on “Daylily Flower”

  1. Just based on the lens I say outside but you did something interesting to get that background at f13.

    Very nice non macro macro. :)

  2. The slightly mottled background suggests in the planter? Hope you are well. Enjoying your blog and missing you on the course!

  3. I’m going to guess a lightbox based on the lighting — especially the lighting on the stem. Also, the slow shutter speed. ????????????

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