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Dahlia Macro Blur

Posted by
Anita (West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States) on 20 September 2009 in Plant & Nature.

Same image as last post, cropped a bit from original. I didn't like the green at the edges, but wanted to include the petals shown. I did a zoom blur on a selection of the outer petals. I just love the colors of Dahlias! Taken at Longwood Gardens, outdoors, natural light, tripod (of course).

NIKON D300 1/100 second F/16.0 ISO 500 105 mm


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Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

I really enjoy the central focus...and the very vivid colors. It is rich and joyous.

20 Sep 2009 5:54am

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados


20 Sep 2009 6:03am

aragem from Portugal

How strange that Nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude! ~Emily Dickinson, letter to Mrs. J.S. Cooper, 1880

20 Sep 2009 10:59am

Ann from Cedarburg, United States


20 Sep 2009 11:46am

cassiel from Mexico, Mexico

Really a beauty capture, the nature give ever the best colors. Great work on the ligt

20 Sep 2009 12:26pm

Marilla from Turku, Finland

This dahlia looks absolutely beautiful! I have one pink and one white dahlia blooming right now and this could be a mix of them. :)

20 Sep 2009 1:14pm

@Marilla: I'm glad you like it. I have one white and one pink and one purple blooming. The white one is not very satisfactory as it never looks good, always blotched. Have you found a good white one?

Betty from Phillipsburg, United States

Very well done! Bravo! Amazing colors.

20 Sep 2009 3:07pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Beautiful Anita......colors are wonderful, and your blurring is perfection!!!

20 Sep 2009 3:38pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Gorgeous light and a neat way of using the filter to accentuate the center of this wonderful flower!

20 Sep 2009 4:03pm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

This crop and treatment takes us beyond the physical presence of the flower and more into the space it occupies . . a novel concept outside the realms of everyday macro. New ground, Anita.

20 Sep 2009 6:17pm

Tomas Turecek from Czech Republic

Stunning image, Anita!!! Wonderful colours, excellent choose of DOF and zoom blur works here perfectly. The green in corners is not disturbing to me.

20 Sep 2009 6:48pm

Dawn from Maryland, United States

5 stars! : )

20 Sep 2009 7:43pm

tara from California, United States

Beautiful, thanks for telling how you did it. Great tip for me as a beginner.

20 Sep 2009 8:58pm

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

bright my day ;) stunning light and colours, just have to love it!

20 Sep 2009 10:46pm

Steve from Camdenton, United States

Excellent shot! The clarity is just superb!

21 Sep 2009 4:44am

Marcie from Newton, United States

It's like a perfect mandala. Love how it bursts from the screen!!!

21 Sep 2009 12:02pm

Lorie from United States

Very cool!

21 Sep 2009 1:08pm

Marilla from Turku, Finland

I like the white dahlia 'My love' a lot. It blooms with great white flowers and I had its picture a few days ago in my blog. Last year I had a white Snowball dahlia and it was even better.

But I have an invitation for you: come and see my texture-flower! The idea is copied from you...

21 Sep 2009 4:48pm

@Marilla: Thanks, Marilla.

Betsy Barron from Chester Springs, PA, United States

so sharp, colorful and lovely - you never cease to impress!

21 Sep 2009 9:11pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

A great composition with excellent light and detail.

22 Sep 2009 7:25am

Ed Vatza from Lehigh Valley, PA, United States

I know I commented over on BPN but this image is even more stunning the second and third time around!

22 Sep 2009 9:44am

Mary from Exton, United States

Amazing image!

24 Sep 2009 9:27pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada


27 Sep 2009 4:49am

Melissa W. from Warsaw, Indiana, United States

This is BRILLIANT!!! Absolutely gorgeous!

29 Sep 2009 5:42pm

Jen from St. George, United States

Wow! I just love this! The colors are so crisp and bright and beautiful! The details are great, and I love the zoom blur! Fabulous image!

30 Sep 2009 10:15pm

Dan Creighton from Pottstown, United States

Stunning details and pastel colors of this dahlia.

8 Oct 2009 2:21am

1/100 second
ISO 500
105 mm