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Pastel Peregrination by acutely Pastel Peregrination by acutely
Caught these beautiful flowers (Arctotis - Flamingo) during sundown last weekend at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum (California).

Background on the shot:
1. Taken outdoors, laying flat on ground to capture sunlight coming through petals.
2. Sunny, mild conditions (not windy).
3. Taken within 20 min. of sunset.
4. Nikon D200, UV filter, 105mm lens, no flash, no tripod.
5. Shutter speed: 1/125 sec., F-stop: 5.6, ISO: 200. Shot in RAW.
6. Post processing with Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0.1 for Mac: cropped slightly, removed distraction in lower left-hand corner with cloning tool, reduced noise around flower petals (NeatImage plugin), duplicated layer (soft light at 20%). Probably took 45 min. all told.

To me, the key to this shot was
a) the time of day to get the best lighting; and
b) positioning myself low enough to capture the light properly and ensuring a dark background so the colored petals would really stand out.

Thanks to Derek [link] for the title recommendation.
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alleefy Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
So Colorful :O
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savagebinn Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010   General Artist
The colors are fantastic. Excellent shot. :D
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XalexutzaX Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009  Student Digital Artist
so beautiful :heart:
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:iconacutely:
acutely Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009   Photographer
Thanks :)
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LDFranklin Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I've featured this in my journal [link]
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stephfuller Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008   Photographer
beautiful :aww:
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:iconacutely:
acutely Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008   Photographer
Thanks! :)
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jayshree Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow the lighting is amazing!
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acutely Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2008   Photographer
Thanks! :)
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molehu Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
fabulous pic, have to fave
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