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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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:iconalleefy:
alleefy Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
So Colorful :O
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:iconsavagebinn:
savagebinn Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2010   General Artist
The colors are fantastic. Excellent shot. :D
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:iconxalexutzax:
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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:iconldfranklin:
LDFranklin Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Professional Photographer
I've featured this in my journal [link]
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:iconstephfuller:
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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:iconjayshree:
jayshree Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow the lighting is amazing!
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:iconacutely:
acutely Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2008   Photographer
Thanks! :)
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:iconmolehu:
molehu Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
fabulous pic, have to fave
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:iconacutely:
acutely Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008   Photographer
Thanks :)
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:iconkelceyolson:
kelceyolson Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008
Absolutely gorgeous :]
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:iconacutely:
acutely Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2008   Photographer
Thanks! :)
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:iconkelceyolson:
kelceyolson Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008
Sorry for the double post D:
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:iconkelceyolson:
kelceyolson Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008
I mean triple x[
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:iconkelceyolson:
kelceyolson Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008
Absolutely gorgeous :]
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:iconkelceyolson:
kelceyolson Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008
Absolutely gorgeous :]
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:iconebrulii:
ebrulii Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2008
featured > [link] :)
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:iconacutely:
acutely Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008   Photographer
Thanks for including me in your wonderful feature! :D :glomp:
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:iconebrulii:
ebrulii Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008
my pleasure :hug:
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:iconintricate-illusion:
intricate-illusion Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008
Amazing colors and lighting, it's just unreal.

And your description was very helpful too. :) Who knows, I may try it one day...
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:iconacutely:
acutely Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008   Photographer
Thank you! :)
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:iconmagicb:
magicb Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008  Student General Artist
I used your picture here [link] . Thank you :heart: If you want to remove it from the article just send me a note, if you want to thank me please do it in the news article comment or :+fav: the news.
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:iconroger5443:
roger5443 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
great aperture and focal point :D
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:iconacutely:
acutely Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008   Photographer
Thanks! :)
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:iconsteal-midnight:
Steal-Midnight Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008   Photographer
amazing! *_*
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:iconacutely:
acutely Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2008   Photographer
Thanks so much! :D
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:iconcarol-moore:
Carol-Moore Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Hello :wave:
I have featured this awesome photo in my journal!
You can view it here [link]
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:iconyoshiko-86:
Yoshiko-86 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008
Lovely colors! :clap:
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:iconacutely:
acutely Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2008   Photographer
Thanks :)
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:iconartlesshmmmm:
ArtlessHmmmm Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008
Well this is a stunner. I love the softness and variety of colours! Sure is beautiful! :) Interesting angle not showing too much detail then the petals and good attention to lighting! :)
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:iconacutely:
acutely Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008   Photographer
Thank you :)
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:iconartlesshmmmm:
ArtlessHmmmm Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008
pleasure! :)
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner May 15, 2008  Professional Photographer
Gorgeous shot, your focus here is just brilliant!
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:iconacutely:
acutely Featured By Owner May 15, 2008   Photographer
Thanks :)
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:iconmissjessicajoy:
missjessicajoy Featured By Owner May 5, 2008  Professional Photographer
Gorgeous colors ^_^
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:iconacutely:
acutely Featured By Owner May 6, 2008   Photographer
:nod: :thanks:
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:icondeb-e-ann:
Deb-e-ann Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
Beautiful colors :)
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:iconacutely:
acutely Featured By Owner May 1, 2008   Photographer
Thanks :)
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:icondeb-e-ann:
Deb-e-ann Featured By Owner May 3, 2008
Pleasure :)
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Bebecca Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
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:iconacutely:
acutely Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008   Photographer
:glomp:
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Bebecca Featured By Owner May 1, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
=D
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babyducks Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008
[link]

Gotcha! :icongwomp:
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:iconacutely:
acutely Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008   Photographer
Thanks so much! :hug: :rose:
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Suni444 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2008
featured in my journal :nana:
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:iconacutely:
acutely Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2008   Photographer
Thanks so much for the feature! :) :airborne: :glomp:
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Suni444 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2008
:hug: any time ;)
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Zombie-Vomit Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2008
Hi, this photo has been featured here: [link]
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DigitalMiss Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2008
This deviation has been featured in my journal! Please drop by and celebrate 11,000+ pageviews with me!!
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