The intent of this collection of images is to isolate an individual species and make a formal portrait. The background is intentionally monotone to provide the viewer an image lacking the narrative of habitat or place. The style draws from the rich heritage of botanical illustration and herbarium specimens. Also, from portraits by Richard Avedon, the luscious images of Robert Llewellyn, and the classic botanical art of Anne Ophelia Dowden.
Subjects are photographed in situ.
The background is a portable, lightweight, fabric light-box housing a Nikon Speedlight. Two small Nikon Speedlights provide frontal lighting. All flash units are in manual mode; they are triggered, and their individual output intensity is adjusted with a wireless controller on the camera hot shoe.
Nikon D-850, Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 100mm f/2 ZE, f22
© paul g wiegman