Two Lilies

Two Lilies

“Two Lilies” Studio City, California, USA

Copyright 2009 O. Bisogno Scotti  All Rights Reserved.

Mamiya RZ Pro ll, Mamiya 180mm f/4.5 lens, Seconic L508 light meter Manfrotto 3221 tripod, Manfrotto 3047 head,

Fujichrome Velvia 50 120 color reversal film scanned on Heidelberg saphir.


17 thoughts on “Two Lilies

  1. A remarkable phrase matching with an exceptionally artistic photograph…

    Here I have just discovered the most suitable scenery, to celebrate the first day of my favourite month!

    thank you Mr. Scotti, for providing this feeling to viewers of your blog

    ps and if you allow me, to add an other phrase of Nietzsche, which I thnk you’ll like…

    “Art raises its head where creeds relax.”..

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    • You are quite welcome. Whenever I get a feeling like that, I wish to share it. This sharing is what draws me to photography.

      I’m glad you discovered “Two Lilies”. “Without a search there is no discovery.” O. Bisogno Scotti

      Nietzsche has a lot of good quotes, and that is one of the best.

      Enjoy your favorite month!

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  2. In gratitude I thank you for this beautiful image, they are even more beautiful in the larger viewing, for sure the background makes them stunning.

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    • I’m glad you like Two Lilies. This image is important to me for many reasons. It was the first shot I took with my Mamiya RZ 67 Pro ll medium format camera that I won in a photo competition that jump started my career in photography. The RZ is a 6X7 cm format camera so a roll of 120 film gets you 10 frames. Two Lilies was the first frame on the first roll.

      Another reason is that it was taken in the very first fotografia-LA location in Studio City, California. I turned the back yard there into a secluded botanical garden which I used for outdoor photo shoots. I planted those Two Lilies and watched them grow.

      Flowers by O. Bisogno Scotti

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      • WOW a lot of firsts for you here,
        Does this mean this image is 18yrs old?
        I bet it was hard to leave that location with all the memories attached to it.
        If film was still available this would be an expensive camera to use on a daily basis.

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      • Probably 17 years old.

        It was hard to leave. There was an attachment, but the next location in Hollywood proved more lucrative and was also very nice.

        Very expensive today. I still have it. I take it out and look at it once a month. 🙂

        Flowers by O. Bisogno Scotti

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  3. One of my many former husbands was a film photographer. He eventually taught photography at Art Institute in SF in the 60s. He taught me to crop through the lens. He always did this. He was accused of cropping his work in the lab by a fellow teacher so this husband started developing his prints showing the outside edges of the image on the film. Is that what you’ve done here?

    This is a stunning image. And the way you have presented it is wonderful………

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  4. My goal is to never crop anything. If I can’t capture what my mind’s eye sees through the lens then I don’t press that button.
    It’s the perfect treatment. The straight sharp edges would have imprisoned these glorious lilies.

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    • I think that’s the way to go. I’m very economical when it comes to shutter releases.
      The other option is the machine-gun style of photography…which does have its place such as pro sports photography.
      The action is so fast that they need to shoot in bursts for insurance purposes. You have to come back with the goods!

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  5. Well then, it’s a good thing I won’t be shooting sports…not that kind of a fan…but I understand what you are saying….thanks.

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    • Well, dig this. When I got my Nikon D3 with 9 frames-per-second, I really wanted to try out that kind of speed so I did a few kids baseball games. At nine frames-per-second, I was missing the peak of action quite a bit. In frustration, I switched back to single shot and immediately nailed the baseball making contact with the bat. Go figure!

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  6. This does’t surprise me at all…I’ve messed about with firing off a bunch of rapid shots in succession and have never liked any of the results. I never knew what the problem with the images was until you mentioned “missing the peak of action”. Thanks, man!

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