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By oldgreyheron      
I cut the grass in 27C temperature today, and stopped from time to time to look at the plants. This rhododendron is in full flower and I took a number of images including this close up.

I have played with it - I have no idea whether anyone else will like the outcome! Please tell me what you think (even if there's no associated vote) - I need to learn!

Many thanks,

Tags: Rhododendron Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Digitally manipulated

Voters: saeidNL, Mark_Callander, andymark and 10 more


saeidNL 10 3 Netherlands
22 May 2010 6:37PM
Excellent macro shot with lovely colour and beautiful detail.very well taken.

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andymark 9 1 England
22 May 2010 7:20PM
a beautiful close up
CarolG 13 199 20 Greece
22 May 2010 7:50PM
That is fantastic, Mike, wonderful rich colour and excellent detail. Very well captured and presented. Carol
TyChee 15 275 1 United States
22 May 2010 11:12PM
Excellent closeup.
woolybill1 Plus
13 30 76 United Kingdom
22 May 2010 11:17PM
Fine focus on the stamen tips; the associated shadows are well delineated. The highlights have proved too much for the Ixus to cope with; I rather like the effect actually, but an underexposure of perhaps 0.7 to 1.0 EV might have controlled the contrast more successfully. A brave effort in that heat - we had sleet here only a fortnight ago!
mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.8k 2149 United Kingdom
22 May 2010 11:56PM
A watercolour painting with added dots. Like this one a lot.
LeighRebecca 12 267 10 England
24 May 2010 12:12AM
I like the way you've filled the frame with the centre of the flower, and the way the tips of the stamens are in sharp focus. I don't know what your processing is, but if you've applied a curves layer, it may have burnt out the highlights a little, and saturated the colours.
I would probably prefer a more natural look, though I imagine the flower was a fairly intense colour to begin with. Also, strong sunlight is tricky lighting of course.
It's a bold, warm and sunny image though, and does get a click from me Mike.
ChiliMan 13 135 17 Singapore
24 May 2010 5:12PM
What colour. I like the frame-filling composition too, Mike.

I agree with Bill. Bringing down the EV by a couple of stops would help eliminate the whited out areas there. Also, in terms of angle of composition, if you'd moved the cam more to the right, that sticky stamen tip would've stood out on its own without 'clashing' with that anthery thing behind it.

Just a couple of thoughts there.


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