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Posted by
Anita (West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States) on 2 February 2012 in Plant & Nature.

I'm back after a week of not posting.
My approach to photography is evolving into a slower pace, with more attention given to post-processing. Posts will probably be less frequent, but will still appear on a regular basis. This blog, which allows me to reach out to the world to share and receive feedback is an important part of my photographic education.
Thank you all for visiting and helping me become a better photographer.

NIKON D300 1/500 second F/3.5 ISO 400 105 mm


I have been INTERVIEWED three times by photo-buddies:
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Trina from Pennsylvania, United States


2 Feb 2012 12:43pm

@Trina: Thanks, Trina! I finally visited Longwood Gardens after not going for a number of months. I needed some flower energy.

Marcie from United States

Such a gorgeous burst of color for this overcast day. Happy and uplifting...:-)!

2 Feb 2012 2:34pm

@Marcie: I'm delighted!

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Yes, Anita, I'm with you on the rationale. I'm having so much fun learning and experimenting too! This image is a thing of beauty with exquisite composition combined with a flair for the dramatic!

2 Feb 2012 3:02pm

@Barbara Kile: Thanks, Barbara! I hadn't planned on slowing down my postings, it just sort of happened. I keep working on my photography, and the shape of that work changes over time. When I began, I would never have expected to enjoy post processing. I'm now thinking this flower would also look good in a softer pink.

Bo Mackison from Madison, Wisconsin, United States

A simply delicious composition.

2 Feb 2012 4:05pm

@Bo Mackison: Glad you like it.

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Superb focus with this narrow dof, it makes such a wonderful image with this beautiful colour

2 Feb 2012 5:12pm

@Doug: Thank you.

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!

2 Feb 2012 5:21pm

@omid: Thank you.

Tomas Turecek from Czech Republic

Great composition, ANita. Those juicy colours just call for summer and the delicate processing adds a nice twist. Unusual side ratio works also very well. My processing of photos also slowed down a bit but I'm telling myself every day that I must process and post another photo.

2 Feb 2012 7:23pm

@Tomas Turecek: Thank you, Tomas. I look forward to more of your work.

Arnd from Basel, Switzerland

Wonderful dreamy soft focus and color palette!

2 Feb 2012 8:25pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Very beautiful flower and sunny day colors for a much overcast day today! Very beautiful Anita, welcome back!

2 Feb 2012 10:04pm

mimicy from Bordeaux, France

Jolie et très poétique .... compliments

2 Feb 2012 10:19pm

Lokesh from Hyderabad, India

amazing colors... beautiful image....

3 Feb 2012 3:20am

janina from Melbourne, Australia

I love the light and softness of the colours. But...for my money, I think it would be more impressive without those other petals imposing themselves. What do you think, anita? best to you, :OD
And, I've never seen a pink cineraria...usually over here they have helter-skelter powerful colour combinations and are not a delicate pink.

3 Feb 2012 6:52am

@janina: I agree with you on both counts. This Cineraria was purple and it was in a group with other Cinerarias, hence, the extra petals. Thanks for visiting and commenting. I always appreciate constructive critique as it helps improve my photography.

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

It looks like a tiny celebration going in in the center - which, I suppose in a way, there is ! I like the light-hearted and happy feeling to this.

3 Feb 2012 9:01am

Chantal from Terheijden, Netherlands

gorgeous colors Anita

3 Feb 2012 9:46am

rian from vestavia hills, United States

nice use of depth here.. well done! :)

4 Feb 2012 6:35pm

Anca from Romania

Beautiful and delicate colors!

4 Feb 2012 7:50pm

roland theys from loverval, Belgium

wonderful atmospherics!!!!

4 Feb 2012 7:51pm

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

I really like the perspective you chose for this, Anita. The background is a nice complement to the flower colors.

6 Feb 2012 10:58am

Brenda from Canton, Ohio, United States

Anita - I finally took the time to visit your blog - after you have made so many stops to mine. And I have to apologize for not coming by sooner for I find your work exquisite. I am even more honored that you have been inspired by my work. I look forward to learning from you and sharing together our mutual love for photography and post processing.

9 Feb 2012 1:26am

Marie from FRESNES, France

magnifique !

20 Feb 2012 4:13pm

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Isa from Vaucluse, France

Très bel effet, j'aime beaucoup ♥

26 Apr 2012 7:37pm

@Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Isa: Thank you for visiting and commenting!

1/500 second
ISO 400
105 mm