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This showy menber of the Lily family is native to South Africa, but is used extensively for ornamental plantings. I was drawn to the intense jewel-like color of these flowers. Choice of a wide aperture focuses attention onto the single bloom and reduces everything behind to out of focus pastel shapes, a nice contrast to the strong colors of the flower. A macro flash gives detail to the flower, but is not powerful enough to light the background, which shows completely black.

Kodachrome film, macro flash


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