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A Touch of Sunshine
A Touch of Sunshine

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Challenge: Free Study 2012-05 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Tokina AF 100mm f/2.8 Macro AT-X M100 Pro D for Nikon
Location: Glendale, California, USA
Date: May 18, 2012
Aperture: 22
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/100
Date Uploaded: May 26, 2012

Playing around with my new macro lens in the garden. The flowers are all beginning to bloom and it has been an excellent opportunity to experiment and practice with the subject distances and aperture settings. Unfortunately, it has been unendingly (I know, not a real word) breezy so a lot of time has been spent waiting for a second of calm. This shot came just as a ray of sunlight broke through the avocado tree above.

Post editing in the trial version of Photoshop CS6: curves layer, then above that a Color Lookup layer set to "Device Link" and "RedBlueYellow". The crop was really a challenge because the bottom edge of the frame was unfortunately where you see it now. It came down to how you wanted to see on either side.

Place: 16 out of 273
Avg (all users): 6.6202
Avg (commenters): 8.5833
Avg (participants): 6.6042
Avg (non-participants): 6.6667
Views since voting: 689
Views during voting: 234
Votes: 129
Comments: 16
Favorites: 3 (view)

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10/10/2012 11:19:00 AM
Your lighting & the delicate beautiful texture is amazing!!!
06/08/2012 11:31:35 PM
This is absolutely gorgeous.
06/08/2012 12:42:00 AM
I love this. I feel I am inside the poppy.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/07/2012 11:05:20 PM
beautiful color and texture. I like how flat it is.
06/07/2012 10:56:00 PM
Beautiful shot.
06/07/2012 10:19:30 PM
Fiery! Love the light, the camera-angle, the crop, the PP. And the color. Well done & here's a little Gilded Lily for you. Keep up the good work!
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06/07/2012 08:18:23 PM
Very nice, my favorite flower photo so far, nice details and colors, love the shapes of the petals
06/07/2012 05:51:05 PM
oh golly! This is fabulous!

Like an island... adrift on a pastel sea of gloriousness!

(commenting only)
06/07/2012 04:38:40 AM
Incredible detail.
06/06/2012 01:27:17 PM
I like the off centered look you chose.
06/06/2012 04:31:08 AM
Words are not enough, this is amazing! (10)
06/06/2012 12:24:18 AM
Almost abstract in presentation - the light is marvelous, textures palpable.
06/05/2012 01:22:28 PM
Delicate and pure are the first word I could think of. Real pretty
06/05/2012 10:30:59 AM
The color palette is amazing
06/04/2012 10:33:57 PM
I love the fact that the whole image is in focus. It completes the story. well done.
06/01/2012 07:36:54 PM
Gorgeous! Amazing lighting and detail.

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