Lilium humboldtii ssp. ocellatum, Humboldt lily, orange flowering California native bulb
Lilium humboldtii ssp. ocellatum, Humboldt lily, orange flowering California native bulb

The Humboldt Lilies are blooming at the Regional Parks Botanical Garden, and wouldn’t you know it?,  the one day I have a chance to get to the garden is bright and sunny.  So how did I get this nice soft light portrait ?  Scrim.

A scrim is semi-transparent fabric, similar to parachute cloth, that when placed between the sun and the subject, creates a beautiful soft, studio style light source.  I always keep a small fold-up scrim in my camera vest.  I carry large ones in my car, but usually don’t lug them around.

As soon as I saw this group of lilies flowering in the sun with dark pine trees behind them I saw a strong composition.  I just needed to soften the light.  The little scrim is just big enough to cover a few flowers – but all I needed.

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This cropped image came out of the  soft light area:

Lilium humboldtii ssp. ocellatum, Humboldt lily, orange flowering California native bulb
Lilium humboldtii ssp. ocellatum, Humboldt lily, orange flowering California native bulb

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