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"Nature's first green is gold, / Her hardest hue to hold."
"Nature's first green is gold, / Her hardest hue to hold."

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Challenge: Gold II (Basic Editing)
Collection: Challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Location: Harwich Port, MA USA
Date: May 7, 2011
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/800
Date Uploaded: May 7, 2011

An opening leafbud on a nearby tree, shot in the golden hour before twilight. Title quote from Robert Frost: "Nothing Gold Can Stay"

Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

Processing is relatively minimal; in ACR, WB shift a little to the warm side, and clarity slider moved way to the left for the misty effect. Since this was shot at f/2.8 on the 100mm macro, there's almost no real sharpness in the image anyway, intentionally; I wanted the misty effect. The image was simplified further in Topaz Detail. Hot spot on leaf muted with selective color.

The framing was actually the hardest part, finding an angle to shoot at that had good foreground bokeh and at the same time natural vignetting at the top.

I think this is very soft and lovely, but realistically I expect a 5.4 or 5.5 score...

Place: 19 out of 98
Avg (all users): 5.8564
Avg (commenters): 7.6667
Avg (participants): 5.4255
Avg (non-participants): 5.9871
Views since voting: 2788
Views during voting: 337
Votes: 202
Comments: 7
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05/18/2011 02:52:34 AM
Soft and lovely, indeed. A very graceful image.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/16/2011 05:49:07 AM
very sweet and gentle
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05/14/2011 08:35:45 PM
One of my favorites so far. I really like what you have done here. The colors and the OOF flower work perfectly together.
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05/13/2011 08:22:54 PM
Beautiful range of golds, and lovely soft focus. One of my favourites in this challenge.
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05/12/2011 05:25:59 PM
This is really unique. DOF is almost non existent, but it really works
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05/12/2011 09:29:33 AM
well done, good use of lighting, nice composition.
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05/11/2011 08:28:53 AM
lovely softness throughout
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