Magnolia Grandiflora

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Magnolia grandiflora, commonly known as the southern magnolia. It is a large, striking, evergreen tree with large white, fragrant flowers—up to 30 cm (12 in) in diameter!
Specimen photographed in-studio—backlight plus fill flash, 100mm macro.

Your placement of the magnolia and lighting set up work well. It emphasizes the graceful flow of the petals and the detail of the center without blowing out the whites…

Thank you for you kind remarks, Patricia. This was a very satisfying photographic experience. As with all photography, it meant determining what I wanted to portray, how to accomplish that and then executing it. I know you recognize that cut specimens wilt rapidly, especially under studio lights.