I think this is another Zinnia although I could not find any on the flower sites that looked exactly like this one. I find macro and close-up images of flowers so amazing --- the symmetry, the miniature flowers inside a flower, the HAIRS on the edges of petals, the vibrant colors, the texture that does not appear to the naked eye. I am also usually surprised that I think I am photographing a flawless flower and when I look at my images on the computer I find spots or tiny bugs or dog fur that I did not know was there (yes, I have had my annual eye exam). So, this flower was cleaned up just a little bit, not much. And I combined two images taken with slightly different focusing to get as much sharp as I could. The flower is actually about 2 inches in diameter.
Nikon D200, 60mm macro lens with +2 close-up filter at f5 and 1/50th, ISO 100, cloudy whitebalance
Post processing: Increased exposure and blacks and the recovery slider in ACR, in CS3 I cloned out some spots, layered another image with a slightly sharper portion of the center, levels layer for global brightening, Punch Drunk action by Kubota masked to show in the center only, sharpened with the highpass filter in Softlight
SC Christmas Digital Papers
6 months ago