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Dianthus in bud
Lens: Sigma 105 Macro Camera: Pentax K10D Photo Location: Umatilla, Oregon ISO: 100 Shutter Speed: 1/10s Aperture: F4 
Posted By: metaglypto, 03-23-2012, 06:55 AM

Thre is some post processing on this image. I don't use the standard software everyone uses, Photoshop. I use a free program called XnView for processing RAW images, and then use an antiquated version of Paint Shop Pro for removing sensor dust spots and uglies like dirt specks on the subject and the like from the image.

The thing that stood out to me here is the background, which is actually a muted green. I discovered in XnView an option called, "Automatic Levels". When I used it on this image it changed the background to this blue, without changing the bud itself too much. I kind of liked it.

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Changing the background to blue is a powerful effect, because it looks like sky and changes the apparent perspective of the shot -- it seems as though the bud is shot from below, which I suspect is not the case.

Nicely lit.
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Nice pic.
XnView is an awesome program. I use it to view and resize my pics.

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Your image turned out quite lovely. The bud is gorgeous with the rain drops sparkling and magnifying the colours. The blue is very nice juxtaposed with the greens and purples. thanks so much for sharing
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