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Little blue

By C_Daniels
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

Tags: Colour Macro Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Roche abbey Blue flowers Wildlife and nature

Voters: Buffalo_Tom, John Giddings, wyatturp and 45 more

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Buffalo_Tom 11 2.3k 9 Wales
15 May 2008 8:11AM
Love the light and detail.Well composed,sorry haven't a clue about the name.

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wyatturp 12 2 England
15 May 2008 8:11AM
Morning Mr D nice detail

Pete67 11 10 England
15 May 2008 8:13AM
I thimk they're forget-me-nots!
How could you!
Nice sharp image.

Pete M.
whiteswan01 10 13 England
15 May 2008 8:14AM
stunning little flower great colour Dawn
MandsH 11 England
15 May 2008 8:17AM
Very effective, colours look superb against the black
GillyB Plus
13 317 8 United Kingdom
15 May 2008 8:19AM
Lovely for-get-me-nots Caleb, super presentation Smile

Vilcens 10 39 3 Latvia
15 May 2008 8:35AM
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.

starliz 14 1.6k 3 England
15 May 2008 9:21AM
not easy to get the colour right on these I found,this is beautiful Caleb a lovely clear shot with good colours.
lammie 13
15 May 2008 9:54AM
Very well presented shot with lovely coloured flowers.
Sezz 13 617 15 England
15 May 2008 11:41AM
Love that colour, looks great on the dark background Caleb Smile Well done!

Sarah *
fennera 10 4 1 United Kingdom
15 May 2008 12:59PM
Excellent image. Well worked out and presented.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
15 May 2008 5:27PM
#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!

C_Daniels 13 399 10 England
15 May 2008 7:13PM
Thanks everyone - much appreciated Smile
User_Removed 13 4.9k England
15 May 2008 9:00PM
It's a Myosotis Wink Excellent exposure. Not easy in full sun.

redstag 12 100 15 United Kingdom
16 May 2008 2:46PM
Col, how did you remember that name Wink

Super presentation.
hebdens 12 5
17 May 2008 3:27PM
this is a beauty, the dof and colour are excellent against the bg.
hellsbells8868 10 151 2 Wales
20 Jun 2008 11:18AM
Wow, your portfolio is truly amazing im speechless. I adore this image..

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