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Anita (West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States) on 16 June 2009 in Plant & Nature.

The color of these Salvias was arresting, and I tried to capture it. I had fun playing around with selectively focusing on different stems. Taken at Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania, USA, last week, outdoors, tripod, natural light. I cloned out two flowers at the bottom of the stem on the lower border for a clean look.

NIKON D300 1/100 second F/10.0 ISO 400 105 mm


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Sue from Paducah, United States

I agree, Anita...such a beautiful color. I'm only used to seeing the common red salvias planted en mass as borders. I enjoyed the manner in which you isolated on plant and have such lovely DoF in the background.

16 Jun 2009 12:03pm

Don from spokane, United States

The colors in this flower are truly remarkable for their subtle variety and intensity. A very strong, effective image.

16 Jun 2009 3:13pm

Dulcie from Danville, United States

The selective focusing leaves that hint of purple in the background which is beautiful with the strong, glorious purple of the single stalk. (I admire your post-production skills. I haven't tackled cloning, yet. :-)

16 Jun 2009 5:29pm

@Dulcie: Thanks. I'm learning to clone!

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

The background has the same colours, probably due to similar stems of Salvias.

16 Jun 2009 8:49pm

kcjewel from United States

WOW you have some beautiful photographs here. LOVE the blue!!

16 Jun 2009 10:52pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Beautiful shot today!!

16 Jun 2009 11:04pm

Dawn from Maryland, United States

Beautiful shot! I love Longwood Gardens. I was just there a couple of weeks ago and I cannot wait to go back. My pic from today is from there as well. : )

17 Jun 2009 3:47am

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

Superb. The colors are arresting.

17 Jun 2009 6:02am

Paul Michko from Exton, PA, United States

Oh my, I absolutely love this. Anita. A true masterpiece.

17 Jun 2009 10:20am

Betty from New Jersey, United States

The color is gorgeous, I would have stopped in my tracks, too! I can look at this all day... the colors are so amazing.

17 Jun 2009 10:32am

Marcie from United States

Extraordinary detail. Amazing how you captured the 'freckles' on each petal. Beautiful color!!

17 Jun 2009 11:48am

edvatza from United States

Good morning, Anita. We're back from Acadia. Now to tackle the "real" world once again.

Love the color on color here. The flowers really pops for me, much moreso that on the later post. And the colors are great. Very nicely done!

18 Jun 2009 9:55am

Jen from St. George, United States

This is breath-taking Anita! The color is so rich, and the dof is great! Fabulous composition too!

18 Jun 2009 10:12pm

1/100 second
ISO 400
105 mm