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Orange Calendula with Orange Center
Lens: HD Pentax DA 16-85mm Camera: K10D Photo Location: My garden fence ISO: 400 Shutter Speed: 1/2000s Aperture: F9.5 
Posted By: angkymac, 02-03-2022, 03:22 PM

Some of my calendulas have black centers and some have centers that match the petals.
This one matches the petals--I'm wondering what is the difference...

Usually I don't take pictures of blooms in straight full sunlight because of intense shadows and white highlights.
In this case, I thought the shadows enhanced the image--some strange "vibratory" look.
So this one was done in full sun.
(But forgot to re-set my ISO!!)
Angky.
PS: Not sure why this image insists on loading at only 85% JPEG quality--which significantly reduces the detail and darkens the shadow area.
Oh well! Maybe someday I'll get something working with Flickr (if I ever get time to learn it)!

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02-03-2022, 03:30 PM   #2
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This is truly a wonderfully captured floral image. I wouldn't want to go any sharper than what you have achieved here. With flower captures you have to be a little discriminate and know when enough is enough, otherwise your subject will look like a dried out potato chip. You have done a great job with detail while maintaining that delicateness that Mother Nature intended.

Many thanks for the awesome treat.

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Pretty flower in a nice shade of orange. I like the color variations and textures in the petals. The shade made this image more interesting.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Tonytee Quote
This is truly a wonderfully captured floral image. I wouldn't want to go any sharper than what you have achieved here. With flower captures you have to be a little discriminate and know when enough is enough, otherwise your subject will look like a dried out potato chip. You have done a great job with detail while maintaining that delicateness that Mother Nature intended.

Many thanks for the awesome treat.

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Thank you, Sir!
The sharpening that I did on it was very minimal, so I'm glad that it turns out well in your estimation.
The posting, at 85%, lost detail in the pistils which were nicely detailed in the original. Also, it makes the petals look slightly rough instead of the original smoothness.
Thanks for your input--very helpful!
Angky.

---------- Post added 02-03-22 at 08:15 PM ----------

QuoteOriginally posted by MikeNArk Quote
Pretty flower in a nice shade of orange. I like the color variations and textures in the petals. The shade made this image more interesting.
That shade of orange really stands out in these flowers, doesn't it!
Thanks for your observation.
Angky.

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