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Challenge: Free Study 2008-03 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Flowers, Trees & Leaves
Camera: Pentax K100D
Lens: Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC for Pentax
Location: Jack London State Historic Park, Glen Ellen, CA
Date: Mar 16, 2008
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Macro, Floral
Date Uploaded: Mar 24, 2008

Alternate frame of a shot I posted in the 30 Day Macro side challenge. A small field of orange flowers just outside of Jack London's cabin on the ranch he lived and worked in the final years of his short life. Beautiful spring day, so I laid down prone in the grass and grabbed a couple quick picks as we wandered by on our hike, not thinking this would be my free study entry for this month.

I like the bokeh on these shots; popped the rings a bit by boosting midtone contrast in the shadow/hilite adjustments. A bit of a saturation boost, decreased lightness to balance the image, a high pass filter before resizing, some USM and Neat Image after.

Place: 99 out of 500
Avg (all users): 6.1457
Avg (commenters): 7.8571
Avg (participants): 6.0467
Avg (non-participants): 6.3864
Views since voting: 980
Views during voting: 224
Votes: 151
Comments: 10
Favorites: 1 (view)

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01/24/2010 12:50:20 PM
This made my day -cold , snow right now in VT ! Thanks Dennis !
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07/26/2008 01:38:49 AM
Simple and captivating
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/06/2008 01:08:04 PM
Beautiful color contrasts and a strong composition. I like the way the OOF flowers and greenery help provide a place for the star attraction.
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04/06/2008 06:18:33 AM
Beautiful composition and DOF choice. Lovely warm temperature.
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04/05/2008 04:25:44 PM
Nice use of selective focus.
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04/05/2008 01:55:06 AM
Beautiful DOF and tones, nice work.
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04/04/2008 09:26:44 AM
Fantastic detail and wonderful bokeh! Love the colors, so vibrant!
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04/04/2008 05:27:39 AM
Wonderful colors.
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04/02/2008 09:26:21 AM
Perfect composition and depth of field. great job!
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04/01/2008 09:31:02 AM
Nicely done & the background works nicely also. A little narrower on the black border would have been more pleaseing to my eye.
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