Arisaema triphyllum (L.) Schott (Jack-in-the-pulpit)

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.

Technical Details

Composite: No

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

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Lovely, Paul. Thanks for sharing your technique here in the NPN community.

Thank you, Linda. You’re very kind.

Google “Meet Your Neighbors” and you’ll find several websites highlighting the technique. Clay Bolt has been an ardent champion. Much of the work tends to discuss elaborate collections of equipment. That’s not always necessary. I have photographs taken with an iPhone 8 and a white card held behind the subject. Concentrating on the features and details of the subject and a pleasing composition is more important than gadgets. Look for the inner life.

Have just returned from a trip to Jeju Island off the s. coast of Korea. There are so many Arisaema plants growing in the National Park there. Some people call the larger ones cobra lilies. I like how you include the necessary three large leaves in this composition.

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