This is a simple photograph of a banana plant blossom taken out in our back garden. The blossom is striking and the color combination is gorgeous; unfortunately in our microclimate, this won’t ultimately result in any bananas. Just a few miles south of me in New Orleans proper, warmed by the waters of Lake Pontchartrain, we might get real bananas and plantains, but not north of the lake–the plants themselves never seem to fully mature.
To make this image, the key was background control. As soon as I framed this up, I realized the complicated layering of plant material and lighting was competing too much with the blossom itself. The solution was a plain old piece of corrugated cardboard, held up for me by a helper.
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