Day lilies

20 07 2009

Day lily (of the genus Hemerocallis) got its name from the fact that every blossom blooms only one day. Fortunately one flower has plenty of stems and every stem has around 5 blossoms which means that it has a lot of blossoms and blooms for quite a long time, usually couple of weeks. There is a lot of different varieties and hybrids varying in colours and size of blossoms. Petal leaves are usually quite thick and contains big amount of liquids  therefore they seemsto glow when sun is shining through them. When you consider that some varieties are really colourful where one colour changes into another one very smoothly you realize that they are very suitable for close-up or macro photography. If you have light lens with f/2,8 and you open it up fully you will get very interesting colourful photos.

Yesterday were all the conditions perfect so I took few shots of these wonderful flowers. First image shows a bit more details of the blossom with stamens as the main subject.


1/125 sec., F10, ISO 200

Stamens and pistil have very nice colours and great curves so they are wonderful theme for macro shots as the following one.


1/1000 sec., F3.2, ISO 200

It’s really fun to set the macro lens to magnification ratio 1:1 and follow the stamens or pistil curves. Once something grabs your attention you just push the trigger.


1/1025 sec., F2.8, ISO 200

Sometimes the image may be interesting even without anything in focus. Only colours, light and shapes.


1/1000 sec., F2.8, ISO 200

The stamens are too dominant hence too luring to have them in an image. Unfortunately, they are too close to each other very often so it may be very hard to find suitable composition where nothing is cut.


1/800 sec., F2.8, ISO 200

The last image is the most appealing to me. I like the combination of nicely hazed low right corner with deep purple hues and then the curved stamens pointing diagonally to the top left corner.


1/1000 sec., F2.8, ISO 200

All images have been taken with Canon EOS 450D and Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens and hand held.

There are also other photographers taking this kind of photos, actually one of them, professional photographer Michael Brown, brought my attention to this and he’s still my main source of inspiration. Beside Michael I know Ramamohan Pai, yet. You can see their work on following links:

I hope you enjoyed this post and wish you to have a nice summer day!




9 responses

23 07 2009
Bernie Kasper

Beautiful work Tomas, the structure and color is wonderful in these, the fifth one with the stamens that seem to be floating is my favorite !!

23 07 2009

I like all these images. The colors are glorious! Lovely curves and sweeps. I’m particularly drawn to number 3.

24 07 2009
Jules K

Beautiful work, Thomas! These daylily abstracts and the meadow photos above are beautifully seen and created.

24 07 2009
Tomas Turecek

Thanks to all of you, I’m honored and pleased by such a kind words by you.

25 07 2009

c’est magnifique, bravo !

26 07 2009
Tomas Turecek

Thanks Marie, I understand only couple of words in French but these I understand 🙂

6 01 2010
First year of photography « Close Nature

[…] thick petals full of liquid which makes petals glow when backlit. You can find more such images in this […]

18 10 2010
Daylilies 2010 « Close Nature

[…] I hope you like them and if you do, feel free to see my daylily photos from previous year here. […]

29 07 2011
Daylilies 2011 « Close Nature

[…] All these photos were taken indoor this time. The blossom was on the windowsill to absorb as much sun light as possible and then slightly shaded from direct light so the colours could pop. Without shading the colours and light were too strong, too harsh. I will be definitely glad for your opinions and if you would like to compare it with my daylily photos from previous years, here they are (2010, 2009). […]

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