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Vision of Blue

Posted by
Anita (West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States) on 6 June 2010 in Plant & Nature.

Clematis. The original flower is actually more purple. I applied several soft focus overlays (thank you, Barbara Kile!)--duplicate image, blur, enlarge by 1%, drag onto original image, adjust opacity at normal blending mode; allowed the detail of the little hairs to come through.

NIKON D300 2 seconds F/57.0 ISO 400 105 mm


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Vert Pomme from Montreuil Sous Bois, France

Le bleu du ciel qui nous fait défaut aujourd'hui !!! Superbe.

6 Jun 2010 7:55am

Magrat from Nordhausen, Germany

Wonderful, Anita... your treatment brings out a fantastic result...! :)

6 Jun 2010 9:20am

Chris from South Jersey, United States

stunning shot - the color is fantastic and I love the processing with this......

6 Jun 2010 11:01am

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

Very painterly. This is beautifully done. It's not just the techniques you put into it, but the compositions are always carefully thought out. Marvelous.

6 Jun 2010 11:46am

Fade ToBLACK from tehran, Iran


6 Jun 2010 12:22pm

@Fade ToBLACK: Thank you. I'm glad you like it.

Bethany from Michigan, United States


6 Jun 2010 1:27pm

@Bethany: Thank you!

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Gorgeous. Beautifully done.

6 Jun 2010 1:53pm

@john4jack: Glad you like it. Thanks!

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Lovely soft result, Anita and I like the comp and little hairs too! The white space bothers me a tad. Sometimes when flowers are 'irregular' I'll use my fingers to 'warm up' a petal or stem, then urge it to move to fill an empty space or give it a slightly different direction, etc. It's a flower, and irregularities exist, but sometimes one can overcome some minor things.

6 Jun 2010 2:04pm

@Barbara Kile: Thanks for the suggestion about "warming" a petal. I hope you read my comments on this image, as I have you to thank for soft focus in pp. I always appreciate constructive critique.

Gina from Azores, Portugal

Wow great shot

6 Jun 2010 4:56pm

@Gina: Thank you, Gina.

Sergei Z from Türi, Estonia

Fantastic! Very beautiful and tender capture!

6 Jun 2010 5:15pm

@Sergei Z: Thank you for your comments.

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

This is gorgeous Anita!! Love what you did with it........

6 Jun 2010 5:36pm

@Susan: Thanks, Susan. I had fun with it.

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

I love seeing how you keep pushing away the boundaries to your work . . yet another breakout ! Superb work, Anita.

6 Jun 2010 6:01pm

@Ronnie 2¢: Thank you, Ronnie. I never know when I will take a step forward--it just sort of happens. Thanks so much for noticing.

Sue from Nashville, United States

I agree with Ronnie's comment AND I enjoyed reading about your processing. Very interesting. Very beautiful.

6 Jun 2010 6:12pm

foto-rolero54 from Charleroi, Belgium

Wonderful, Anita...

6 Jun 2010 9:36pm

Mark from Michigan, United States

Quite beautiful Anita. This image gives me the feeling of looking upward towards the sky from underneath the flower.

6 Jun 2010 10:53pm

arcticfox from Anchorage, United States

Very nice processing to produce this image. The softness and colors are superb. Thanks for sharing.

7 Jun 2010 1:12am

@arcticfox: It was fun playing around with the processing. Thanks.

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

beautiful tones

7 Jun 2010 3:02am

@Magda: Thank you, Magda. I had fun with this one.

Pixator from kerman, Iran

Very good job!

7 Jun 2010 5:56am

@Pixator: Many thanks!

Betsy Barron from Philadelphia, PA, United States

a vision, indeed! I LOVE this!

16 Jun 2010 11:40pm

@Betsy Barron: I'm delighted you like it!!!

Jim Wilson from Malvern, United States

Beautiful, Anita. Quite an abstract.

17 Jun 2010 2:02am

@Jim Wilson: Thanks, Jim. Glad you like it.

2 seconds
ISO 400
105 mm