Zantedeschia ‘Mango’

Elizabeth asked in the comments yesterday if we had a snow shower weekend locally. Yes, a little bit on Friday and Saturday, but I didn’t really notice. I had purchased a bouquet on Friday afternoon, partly for the reason that the forecast suggested a return to wintery conditions (which didn’t really come to pass) so I would instead spend time inside learning how to use my off-camera flash unit. These are a couple of the results of that exercise. I’ve primarily categorized these photographs as “botanical art”, as I’ve used much more digital manipulation than I normally would and don’t consider these images documentarian. As to what sort of manipulation, for those interested, I greatly increased the midtones using curves on both images. In the second image, I also burned a small portion of the flower to locally decrease the exposure.

I think these calla lilies are the cultivar ‘Mango’. I called the florist yesterday, and the person answering the phone thought the name was ‘Margo’ (a non-existent cultivar, from what I can tell), so I concluded ‘Mango’ instead (and somewhat confirmed by the Zantedeschia photographs on the Pacific Bulb Society Wiki). Another point of evidence is the many commercial recommendations for its use as a cut flower in a search for “Zantedeschia ‘Mango’ cut flower“.

Certainly, one of the elements that attracted me to this particular bouquet were the orange tones (the bouquet contains orange lilies and orange gerberas, as well). The Production and Landscape Horticulture program at Massey University in New Zealand has done some research into Zantedeschia pigmentation. As you might expect from a cultivar that is mainly orange with patches of red, it is concluded that ‘Mango’ contains a discontinuous layer of anthocyanins on a base of carotenoids.

Zantedeschia 'Mango'
Zantedeschia 'Mango'

8 responses to “Zantedeschia ‘Mango’”

  1. Sue in Bremerton WA

    Lovely thing to do with such a nice curvy flower. It is fun to ‘play’ and learn new technicues with a camera and a good edit program. And the whole thing turned out quite well, didn’t it? I think so. I do understand the difference @ a portrait from a studio is a lot different than the one they take at jail or for the passport.

  2. Hollis

    Daniel – I really like your art and abstract photos … so much so that I’ve put several in my folder of Mac desktop art, including the trio above. yes indeed, beauty … daily.

  3. TC

    I was wanting to know a little more about the “digital manipulation.”
    I use Adobe Photo Shop CS 2. What setting(s) might I use to get the same gorgeous effect?
    (I know this isn’t a digital photography course, so if you prefer you may email your answer.)

  4. E. Marie Robertson

    It came out very nicely, indeed! Of course, one doesn’t get a beautiful manipulated image without an excellent raw image to begin with, so I would commend you on ALL of your skills. No eye, no photo!

  5. Roberta

    Looks more like peaches. Nice pics. Interesting choice of background. I like the use of a complementary color, but I think a simple gradation would have set off the flowers better. As it is, it competes with them.

  6. Carol B

    Lovely flowers, and gorgeous photos.

  7. elizabeth a airhart

    thank you daniel
    lots of drama in the pictures
    number one is really fine on a poster perhaps
    this has been a really interesting week
    i enjoy what i call the blomming riots of spring

  8. Daniel Mosquin

    TC, I don’t mind posting it here. Other people might have the same question.
    The bulk of this effect is created by using curves and stretching the midtones. A quick and dirty way of doing something like this would be to a) open your image, b) do something like Image -> Adjustments -> Curves (this is using PS 7, but I think is the same in CS 2), then dragging the curve down along the quarter line and up along the three-quarter line, as shown below.
    If one were to get more refined with Photoshop, one might concentrate the effect on a particular channel (red, green, or blue). Properly, I suppose, it would also be best to do it via a Curves Adjustment Layer.

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