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Anita (West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States) on 27 May 2009 in Plant & Nature.

Taken Monday at Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania, USA. I wish there was not so much busy-ness on the right side.

NIKON D300 1/2500 second F/3.2 ISO 200 105 mm


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Arnd from Basel, Switzerland

This is a gorgeous macro with a beautiful smooth bokeh!

27 May 2009 6:33am

Sergei Z from Türi, Estonia

It's beautiful capture!

27 May 2009 7:11am

Ravi from Bangalore, India

beautiful shot. Anita i am fan of your blog and the flower shots that you put.

27 May 2009 9:48am

Paul Michko from Exton, PA, United States

Refreshingly beautiful, Anita. A real feeling of spring in this shot.

27 May 2009 10:30am

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Beautiful shot of this flower....crystal clear, and water droplets make it more special!!

27 May 2009 12:25pm

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece


27 May 2009 1:04pm

Sue from United States

My eyes are drawn to the water drops and the tiny, tiny little pink in the very center of the blossom. Visiting your blog is a beautiful way of starting my morning.

27 May 2009 1:40pm

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

Delicacy and beauty -- both captured in a masterful manner.

27 May 2009 1:49pm

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

It is so fresh and beautiful.

I saw a bud on my peony about ready to open when I left the house this morning.

27 May 2009 2:11pm

Steve from Camdenton, United States

Superb shot...nice and soft with great clarity.

27 May 2009 2:31pm

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Good flower portrait. Sometimes we don't get the best of environments (right busy-ness).

27 May 2009 2:45pm

Ronnie 2¢ from London, United Kingdom

Beautiful to the point of emotion . . what a lovely portrait of the flower.

27 May 2009 3:06pm

Mary from Exton, United States


You mentioned that you think the right corner is too busy??? What would make it less busy for you?? Lighten the dark areas, add some blur to the area?? Vignette around the image?
My eye goes to the detail and then around the edges, but I find myself going back to the flower for details; raindrops, the pink in the middle.

27 May 2009 4:06pm

@Mary: Thanks for the suggestions. In this image, I already blurred, cloned and lightened the right side. My skill level did not allow me to go further without it being noticeable. I didn't vignette, and that is something I will try.

manel from Girona, Spain

Gran macro con una extraordinaria nitidez.

27 May 2009 4:10pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Exquisite detail. You are doing nice things with that D300.

27 May 2009 4:37pm

@john4jack: Thank you, Jack. It is all the camera. :-)

Vert Pomme from France

Superbe pivoine arbustive sous la pluie. Superbe rendu des couleurs. J'aime beaucoup le contraste entre ce jaune lumineux et ce rose bonbon.

27 May 2009 5:17pm

edvatza from Lehigh Valley, PA, United States

The flower looks beautiful. Anita, since the left side looks so good, I am wondering what would have happened had you moved a couple of steps to the right. Would that have given you a clearer background or introduced more competing elements from the other direction?

28 May 2009 1:43am

John Maslowski from Dallas, PA, United States

Great shot Anita, love those water droplets and of course the beautiful colors. Just read you have a new camera and lens. Of course you know I believe it's the best combination, a D300 and Sigma. Best of luck with the new equipment.

28 May 2009 2:33am

Jen from St. George, United States

Anita, I actually like the stuff on the right side. I think it's balanced nicely against the openness of the left side, while providing a sense of setting and surroundings. And the dof on it is perfect, so it can contribute without being a distraction. That's just my two cents. I think it's a great photo!! :)

28 May 2009 2:48am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Simply beautiful! The light is superb

4 Jun 2009 5:11am

1/2500 second
ISO 200
105 mm