MikeCeglady
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Contest Finalist in Patterns In Nature Photo Contest
People's Choice in Creative Textures Photo Contest
Contest Finalist in Creative Textures Photo Contest
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Diagonal Shapes Photo ContestTop 10 class
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Composing with Patterns Photo ContestTop 10 class
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Crashing Lines Photo ContestTop 20 class
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Playing With Symmetry Photo ContestTop 10 class
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LionesLens
 
LionesLens June 22, 2014
Very cool!
cclaude PRO
 
cclaude December 04, 2014
Strong colors, and well composed image... Congrats!
MikeCeglady
MikeCeglady December 05, 2014
Many thanks, Claude. I appreciate the view and the comment.
KayBrewer PRO+
 
KayBrewer December 04, 2014
Mike, Congratulations on People's Choice for Textures!! Woohoo!
MikeCeglady
MikeCeglady December 05, 2014
My thoughts exactly! Thank you very much.
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta December 04, 2014
Superb close-up. Congratulations on being the People's Choice Winner.
MikeCeglady
MikeCeglady December 05, 2014
Thanks, Alan. I never thought this image would garner the most votes! I guess you never know, right?
sebastianmuglia
 
sebastianmuglia December 05, 2014
Hi Mike, this is the one!
MikeCeglady
MikeCeglady December 05, 2014
Thanks, I hope so!
janland PRO+
 
janland December 05, 2014
Fabulous creative capture! Beautiful composition--congrats!
MikeCeglady
MikeCeglady December 05, 2014
Thank you so much!
onyanita Premium
 
onyanita December 12, 2014
lovely capture...congrats on People's Choice
MikeCeglady
MikeCeglady December 12, 2014
Thank you!
JennM_79
 
JennM_79 December 12, 2014
Beautiful image, clean and sharp, well done.
Liz_Nemmers
 
Liz_Nemmers December 12, 2014
Great shot!! Beautifully composed! Congrats on your People's Choice Award! :)
pamelainob
 
pamelainob December 12, 2014
Congrats, great photograph!
Rl1956
 
Rl1956 December 14, 2014
congrats on peoples choice, great job
MikeCeglady
MikeCeglady December 15, 2014
Thanks Ron!
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 December 15, 2014
Very cool Mike Congratulations on being a finalist!
iceman2
 
iceman2 February 08, 2015
Excellent focus in this beautiful simplicity capture!
KayBrewer PRO+
 
KayBrewer February 25, 2015
Hey, Mike, ya done it again! Congrats on Finalist in Patterns in Nature contest! (got your dress yet?)
TelbertImages
 
TelbertImages March 05, 2015
Great Shot! Very original idea!
Dammad PRO+
 
Dammad April 05, 2015
Brilliant
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 December 11, 2015
This is fantastic Mike! Love it.
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hemaliacharyazaveri November 14, 2018
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Behind The Lens

Location
This image was taken during a day trip to the Sunken Gardens attraction in St. Petersburg, FL. This park has been around for quite a while, and is a beautiful place to spend the day if you love flora. It's a botanical paradise with countless specimens of tropical plant life.
Time
I took this photo on the way out before lunch - probably around noon.
Lighting
The day was mostly overcast, so the natural light was pretty diffused. I didn't use any flashes or reflectors. I wanted as natural a look as possible.
Equipment
Really the only equipment here was my camera and lens - a Nikon D3200 and my Sigma 18-250mm respectively. This is a handheld shot, and I was holding the edge of the frond to try to maintain a flat focal plane for focus.
Inspiration
In going to the botanical garden, I was primarily looking for patterns, flowers, bugs and repetitions. Stems, leaves, stalks, and clusters of similar plants were on my mind. Images like this one are some of my favorites to use for wallpaper and backgrounds, as well as printing in threes - imagine a trio of textured prints - frond, leaf, moss. All green, but all very different.
Editing
I did a good bit of processing here, as this image was shot in RAW and was pretty tonally flat initially. I made sure the colors were adjusted appropriately to accurately show the contrast between the central spine of the frond and the ribs. I cropped with symmetry in mind, and cloned out a number of yellow spots and larger chunks of dirt (if I had planned on taking this shot, I probably would have brought along a damp sponge to wipe the frond off first). The truth be told, I wish I had processed more! There's still a lot of dirt in the folds and that kind of bothers me a bit, but maybe if it were perfect it would have less character...
In my camera bag
Nikon D3200, Sigma 18-250mm lens, Nikkor 35mm prime, IR remote, Manfrotto tripod, Vello macro extension tubes, speedlight, extra batteries, flashlight and bug spray!
Feedback
This isn't a difficult photo to take, but if you're looking to do something similar, make sure that you set your aperture appropriately and keep your subject as flat as possible to your camera's sensor so that the whole thing is in focus. Use your available light wisely and avoid reflective hot spots. And when you think you've got it, take 5 more frames!

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