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Orange Cosmos

Posted by
Anita (West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States) on 24 September 2012 in Plant & Nature.

I tried to capture the curve of the upper petal on the front flower, focus on the lovely center, allow space between the front and back flowers, position both on a bit of a diagonal line, and eliminate distracting background elements. These are some of the things I think about when photographing flowers outdoors.
I added a couple of textures by Shadowhouse Creations.
For a good explanation of the use of space in photos, see Kat Eye Studio .

NIKON D300 1/160 second F/3.3 ISO 200 105 mm


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Mary from PA, United States

Wow!! very beautiful Anita...Gorgeous color.

24 Sep 2012 12:10pm

Christine from Le Gosier, Guadeloupe, France

Très beau !

24 Sep 2012 12:54pm

@Christine: Thank you!

Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Beautiful processing and colors. Have a nice day.

24 Sep 2012 1:32pm

Brenda from Canton, United States

I liked reading about your thought process - the things you think about when composing your trademark floral images. The saturated orange is stunning - I like the way my eye travels that diagonal line between the in-focus center of the front flower to the blurred flower in back. I would say your accomplished what you set out to do here.

24 Sep 2012 3:51pm

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Isa from Vaucluse, France

Magnifique ♥

24 Sep 2012 4:19pm

@Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Isa: Thank you!

Lokesh from Hyderabad, India

wonderful treatment Anita...

24 Sep 2012 6:23pm

Vert Pomme from Montreuil Sous Bois, France

Chaleureux ce cosmos sulfureux.

24 Sep 2012 7:01pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Very beautiful bloom and vibrant color; I like the downward swoop of the stem ~ a very romantic image!

24 Sep 2012 7:16pm

Diane - Daily Walks from United States

Gorgeous, Anita!

24 Sep 2012 9:12pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!!!
so beautiful colors & treatment!

24 Sep 2012 10:57pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

very nice texture work

24 Sep 2012 11:27pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Grandisoe macro quelle couleur et iamge sueprbe compo.

25 Sep 2012 2:19pm

rian from vestavia hills, United States

one really has to prepare properly before taking the shot.. :) i like how you walked us through the process of taking this.. :) nice shot!

25 Sep 2012 2:46pm

Bruce from Tacoma, United States

I like the orange against the brown. Beautirul photo

25 Sep 2012 5:54pm

Arnd from Basel, Switzerland

Love the painterly feel and the 'Old Masters' background.

25 Sep 2012 8:24pm

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

My eye goes straight to the center of the flower. Great color!

26 Sep 2012 12:47am

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

beautiful capture, well done!

26 Sep 2012 6:32am

@Stefan: Thank you!

Denise Ippolito from United States

Beautiful Anita! Love the colors!

26 Sep 2012 1:32pm

Marcie from Newton, United States

I don't think I've ever seen orange cosmos. Stunning!

28 Sep 2012 11:54am

1/160 second
ISO 200
105 mm