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Wild Hydrangea
Wild Hydrangea

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Challenge: Sepia II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Flowers and Bugs
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Sigma 100-300mm F/4.0 EX IF HSM for Nikon
Location: Alexandria, VA
Date: Jun 26, 2011
Aperture: f/5,6
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Floral
Date Uploaded: Jun 26, 2011

Very old-fashioned sort of flower, I think, growing in the woods in dappled light ... really like the light. And if you look very closely, there's a spider hiding on the leaf near the flower. A Daddy longlegs.

PP - cropped, tonemapped in qtpfsgui (pregamma 0.697, mantiuk method, contrast mapping 0.1, saturation factor 1.029, detail factor 1), lightened both layers and merged in multiply mode, cloned a little more texture on some hot petals, duotone, resized, sharpened with noise reduction, blurred background and one leaf more, added border.

Place: 39 out of 171
Avg (all users): 6.0360
Avg (commenters): 7.8000
Avg (participants): 6.0682
Avg (non-participants): 5.9804
Views since voting: 350
Views during voting: 232
Votes: 139
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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07/04/2011 12:55:31 AM
Gorgeous lighting.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/03/2011 11:22:04 PM
In general- I'm over the 'just a flower bit'. But this is not general. I love it! The lighting here is dramatic and perfectly done IMO & it's all very complimentary to the Sepia bit.
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07/03/2011 05:20:58 PM
Love the spotlight. Very pretty.
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07/02/2011 07:11:24 AM
Feel like I'm just there, nice
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06/30/2011 10:27:27 AM
Excellent angle looks 3D on my screen...9
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06/28/2011 02:59:55 PM
Beautifully composed with fabulous light and tones. Love it.
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06/27/2011 09:01:32 AM
Really beautiful. You don't see these in Texas, but I know they can be found along the west coast. The bokeh is lovely.
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06/27/2011 12:48:05 AM
So pretty in every way.
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