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...?
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