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I found this little blue flower the other day growing upon the banks of the stream which flows from the lake into the back corner of the grounds at Roche Abbey.

The whole cluster of flower heads here only measures about 3cm in total and I took the picture hand held using a x2 close up filter attached to the lens. It was very sunny so I was fortunate to be able to use a fast shutter speed but needed to dial down the exposure compensation aswell in order to protect the highlight detail from incorrect metering. Care was needed too in order to maximise the depth of field and get the most from the subject by keeping the majority of it in sharp focus. This meant adjusting my angle quite a few times within the short focusing distance allowed by the filter whilst also trying to keep the flowers positioned against the dark waters of the stream in order to provide a non distractive background.


I think it worked out ok and I've only added a few enhancements with the inclusion of some levels - curves and saturation adjustment layers before sharpening. Funny how sometimes you do enhancements to images and then go back to the RAW file to find out that it still looks almost as pleasing (perhaps even more so with the uncompressed detail) which is the result I found afterwards with my picture here.



Anyone know the flowers name by the way...?




Thanks for looking , best viewed large Smile

Camera:Konica Minolta Dynax 5D
Lens:18 - 70mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Little blue
Username:C_Daniels C_Daniels
Uploaded:15 May 2008 - 8:04 AM
Tags:Blue flowers, Close-up / macro, Colour, Flowers & plants, Macro, Roche abbey, Wildlife / nature
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Buffalo_Tom
Buffalo_Tom e2 Member 82322 forum postsBuffalo_Tom vcard Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2008 - 8:11 AM

Love the light and detail.Well composed,sorry haven't a clue about the name.
Tom.

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wyatturp
wyatturp  9 England
15 May 2008 - 8:11 AM

Morning Mr D nice detail

Doug

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Pete67
Pete67  7 England
15 May 2008 - 8:13 AM

I thimk they're forget-me-nots!
How could you!
Nice sharp image.

Pete M.

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whiteswan01
15 May 2008 - 8:14 AM

stunning little flower great colour Dawn

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MandsH
MandsH  7 England
15 May 2008 - 8:17 AM

Very effective, colours look superb against the black
Mandy

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GillyB
GillyB e2 Member 9316 forum postsGillyB vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2008 - 8:19 AM

Lovely for-get-me-nots Caleb, super presentation Smile

gill

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Vilcens
Vilcens  739 forum posts Latvia3 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2008 - 8:35 AM

They are indeed forget-me-nots. One of my favourite flowers Smile
Growing like mad around where we live.
You have caught them really well against the black background.


Vilcens

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starliz  101594 forum posts England3 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2008 - 9:21 AM

not easy to get the colour right on these I found,this is beautiful Caleb a lovely clear shot with good colours.

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lammie
lammie  10
15 May 2008 - 9:54 AM

Very well presented shot with lovely coloured flowers.
Don

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Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2008 - 11:41 AM

Love that colour, looks great on the dark background Caleb Smile Well done!

Sarah *

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fennera  6 England1 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2008 - 12:59 PM

Excellent image. Well worked out and presented.
Andy

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taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2008 - 5:27 PM

#30, Forget me not ---thanks for the indepth description of how you captured these little ones, Much to be learned from a description like this onw!

Jennn

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C_Daniels  9399 forum posts England10 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2008 - 7:13 PM

Thanks everyone - much appreciated Smile

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User_Removed
15 May 2008 - 9:00 PM

It's a Myosotis Wink Excellent exposure. Not easy in full sun.

Col

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redstag e2 Member 8100 forum postsredstag vcard United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
16 May 2008 - 2:46 PM

Col, how did you remember that name Wink

Super presentation.
Jon

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hebdens  9
17 May 2008 - 3:27 PM

this is a beauty, the dof and colour are perfect.works excellent against the bg.
Tracy

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hellsbells8868
20 Jun 2008 - 11:18 AM

Wow, your portfolio is truly amazing im speechless. I adore this image..

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