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Delightful Surprise

Posted by
Anita (West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States) on 27 October 2011 in Plant & Nature.

This little thistle was a delightful surprise on a recent walk.

NIKON D300 1/320 second F/2.2 ISO 400 50 mm


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Dan Creighton from Hatboro PA, United States

You even make a weed look elegant.

27 Oct 2011 12:42pm

Marcie from Newton, United States

Hey - you got it!!! My 'kind' of photography....:-)!!!
And - what an exquisitely beautiful..magical image. This must be one of the last remaining...

27 Oct 2011 1:21pm

John Maslowski from Dallas, PA, United States

Lovely image Anita, really beautiful colors and tones!

27 Oct 2011 2:29pm

Elora from Genoa, Italy


27 Oct 2011 4:30pm

steve Kopf from caln township, United States

The subtle background really makes the thistle a thing of beauty. Great shot, Anita.

27 Oct 2011 4:38pm

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Well titled. And this little surprising pink flower is exquisite against that golden background.
A beautiful moment !

27 Oct 2011 5:46pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal


27 Oct 2011 10:03pm

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

It really is delightful! How did you get it to glow? Nice shallow DOF, color, and composition.

27 Oct 2011 10:23pm

@Julie L. Brown: Glad you like it. I'm not sure exactly which step caused the glow--probably the combination. I'm doing a lot more post-processing these days, and enjoying it, viewing it as part of the creative process. Here is what I did to the original image: crop, clone, darken and lighten specific areas, Colorize and Vignette Blur in Color Effex Pro, Viveza, Gaussian Blur for parts, saturation and curves. (Are you sorry you asked?)

RBL from Oxford, United States

Very Beautiful Anita! Well done!

27 Oct 2011 11:37pm

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

No, I am not sorry I asked! :) I like that kind of information.

28 Oct 2011 1:34am

@Julie L. Brown: So do I. :-)

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Very beautiful, Anita!

28 Oct 2011 8:58am

Chantal from Netherlands

Lovely shot, good DOF

28 Oct 2011 9:02am

Michelle from Elverson, United States

It is a delightful surprise indeed! Lovely soft treatment and color.

28 Oct 2011 12:28pm

crash from Weehawken, NJ, United States

a wonderful glow and focus .... good one ...!

29 Oct 2011 1:41am

1/320 second
ISO 400
50 mm