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Posted by
Anita (West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States) on 26 September 2009 in Plant & Nature.

I took this picture at a motel we stayed at last weekend on a quick trip to attend a memorial service. The time was late afternoon. The blurred flowers are both in front and behind the flower in focus. In PP I used soft focus which I learned from Barbara Kile (read her response to my comment), Topaz Detail, as well as my basic editing. I added a dark orange vignette.


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Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

Yummy hot autumn colors. Especially love the bokeh in the background...maybe that is part of the soft-focus you were talking about. I will visit the link you mentioned.

26 Sep 2009 5:44am

@Dulcie: I liked the colors also. The soft focus just smoothed out the blurred BG a little bit. Just another easy technique to play around with. I love learning new techniques and sharing them.

Sergei Z from Türi, Estonia

Colors are fantastic! Beautiful!

26 Sep 2009 9:11am

@Sergei Z: Thank you!

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Beautifully done.

26 Sep 2009 2:31pm

Dawn from Maryland, United States

What a perfect shot of this marigold!! Beautiful! Love the DOF. : )

26 Sep 2009 6:02pm

Tomas Turecek from Czech Republic

I really like it as it is. Composition is perfect, DOF and sharpness, too, colours are splendid!
This should be French Marigold (Tagetes patula) which is in my country called "Africanas" (even though their homeland is not Africa) or "stinkies" because of their not very pleasant smell. To be honest I never thought that these flowers would be good subject for floral photo - what an errorneous thought!

26 Sep 2009 8:05pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Beautifully processed, gorgeous final image, and thanks for mentioned Barbara's process.....been playing with it myself this afternoon......

26 Sep 2009 8:43pm

Sue from Paducah, United States

Thought of you today when I stumbled onto this photographer: http://photography-now.net/listings/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=880&Itemid=334

26 Sep 2009 8:54pm

Betty from Phillipsburg, United States

Your processing is wonderful! I love the warm autumn colors! Thank for for the link to Barbara's site.

26 Sep 2009 10:02pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Gorgeous! THe colours are superb

27 Sep 2009 4:47am

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

I love it. Such a feeling of immersion into beauty.

27 Sep 2009 7:55am

Marcie from Newton, United States

The colors in this are absolutely stunning!!! This has to be among one of your finest!!!

27 Sep 2009 10:31am

don from spokane, United States

A beautiful flower post. I love the saturated color of this flower. Beautifully shown.

27 Sep 2009 3:25pm

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Colors really pop - nicely done!

28 Sep 2009 1:58am

Steve from Camdenton, United States

Wonderful shot of the marigold! Your post processing is very well done...looks great!

28 Sep 2009 5:01am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Love how this seems to be basking in its own glow . .

29 Sep 2009 5:21pm

Jen from St. George, United States

This is stunning! Brilliant colors, awesome selective focus! :)

30 Sep 2009 10:13pm