In a previous post I showed the leaf of a dicot plant, which is characterized by branching major leaf veins. The leaf above, on which I applied the same photographic technique, is a monocot plant, characterized by major leaf veins running parallel.
This is the leaf of a Cala Lilly. I took this photograph on January 31, at the local arboretum. The leaf is large, green, glossy. I converted the photograph into black and white to enhance the vein pattern and I also added grain in post-processing to enhance the texture.
Location: UC Davis Arboretum, CA, USA.
Equipment: Nikon D750, AF-S NIKKOR 105mm F2.8G, speedlight, off camera trigger, light stand, diffuser.
Settings: f/8, 1/200”, ISO 100.
Tips: to highlight the shape of the leaf and the veins, and avoid glow, illuminate from behind. I used an off-camera speed light going through a diffuser placed behind the leaf.
7 thoughts on “Anatomy of a monocot leaf”
Simply amazing! Beautiful!
Thank you, Anne.
Greetings from Scotland. I like your style, hope you keep going with your blog. Promising start!!
Thanks for stopping by and for your encouragement. Yes it is easy to fall into the pit of I want to give up on this. 😉
It’s beautiful. It seems to glow from within. Just wonderful!
Thank you, Howard. It was glowing from behind 😉