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73 Comments | Report
sweetpea72 PRO
 
sweetpea72 August 06, 2014
It's beautiful, G ")
spacenut
 
spacenut August 07, 2014
Great close up.
lizziemellis PRO+
 
lizziemellis August 10, 2014
Spot on love it:-)
Elyzabeth
 
Elyzabeth August 12, 2014
Oh Dahlink, look at that! Exquisite detail. Stunning!
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 August 16, 2014
Very beautiful !
onyanita PRO+
 
onyanita August 28, 2014
creative use of dof. Stunning.
gondmagdi Premium
 
gondmagdi September 29, 2014
amazing close up, perfect !!!!!!!!
Timbo
 
Timbo October 12, 2014
Very cool shot.
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 October 18, 2014
awesome voted
mariajakab
 
mariajakab October 18, 2014
Stunningly beautiful ... voted ... less is more ... :)
Flosno
 
Flosno October 20, 2014
Very nice entry....voted
Elyzabeth
 
Elyzabeth October 21, 2014
Voted Less Is More :)
carlosramos
 
carlosramos October 21, 2014
Less is more ,voted !
onyanita PRO+
 
onyanita October 22, 2014
voted !!!
lizziemellis PRO+
 
lizziemellis October 24, 2014
Voted..less is more & Bokehlicious:-)
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 October 25, 2014
Voted Bokehlicious Images
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 October 25, 2014
Voted Less is More
robhansen
 
robhansen October 27, 2014
Voted : ) Way to Go !! : )
robhansen
 
robhansen October 27, 2014
Less is much More !! awesome entry Gracie Voted " )
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 October 27, 2014
Love this too, voted bokehilicious!
carlosramos
 
carlosramos October 30, 2014
Voted, Bokeh !
UnkleFrank PRO+
 
UnkleFrank November 03, 2014
Lovely macro. Voted More Is Less.
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 November 04, 2014
Very cool! Voted!
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 November 05, 2014
love this entry .. voted !!
lizziemellis PRO+
 
lizziemellis November 06, 2014
Voted..less is more:-)
kathleenweetman PRO+
 
kathleenweetman November 25, 2014
voted..image comp
Elyzabeth
 
Elyzabeth November 26, 2014
Voted Image of the Year!
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 November 26, 2014
Voted Image of the Year
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 November 29, 2014
Brilliant. VVIY!
malread PRO+
 
malread December 01, 2014
voted
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 December 01, 2014
voted .. IOTY
gondmagdi Premium
 
gondmagdi December 04, 2014
Ahhhh, wonderful macro !!!!!
Maesel
 
Maesel December 10, 2014
Great macro. Voted!
Bruz PRO+
 
Bruz December 11, 2014
Beautiful and love the selective focus. Voted IOTY
onyanita PRO+
 
onyanita December 30, 2014
voted again! Gorgeous!
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 January 07, 2015
voted in challenge
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 February 07, 2015
lovely .. voted .. patterns
Elyzabeth
 
Elyzabeth February 10, 2015
Voted Patterns in Nature :)
Flosno
 
Flosno February 11, 2015
Excellent entry...voted
kathleenweetman PRO+
 
kathleenweetman February 13, 2015
VOTED.....K
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 February 13, 2015
voted patterns!
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 February 13, 2015
Write a comment
pegleg PRO+
 
pegleg February 16, 2015
voted simple but striking love it
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 February 17, 2015
Beautiful, voted Patterns
kathymuhle PRO+
 
kathymuhle February 19, 2015
Wonderful DOF - really pulls the eye to the bud - voted patterns
Elyzabeth
 
Elyzabeth May 05, 2015
Voted One is Good :)
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 May 07, 2015
Voted One Is Good
estercastillo08 PRO+
 
estercastillo08 May 07, 2015
Voted Macro Galore
carlosramos
 
carlosramos May 11, 2015
Voted one is good !
carlosramos
 
carlosramos May 11, 2015
Voted macro galore !
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 May 11, 2015
love it. voted 1 is good!
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 May 11, 2015
Voted again macro galore!
kathleenweetman PRO+
 
kathleenweetman May 16, 2015
Voted 1 is good
kathleenweetman PRO+
 
kathleenweetman May 16, 2015
Voted macro galore
malread PRO+
 
malread May 21, 2015
Voted.
kathleenweetman PRO+
 
kathleenweetman June 18, 2015
Write a comment vOTED....Love this great bokeh and fab plant
UnkleFrank PRO+
 
UnkleFrank June 23, 2015
Voted Bokeh Plants......
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 June 25, 2015
Breathtaking. voted bokeh on flower!
Elyzabeth
 
Elyzabeth June 27, 2015
Voted Bokeh Plants & Flowers :)
gondmagdi Premium
 
gondmagdi July 06, 2015
CONGRATULATION !!!!!!!!!!!!! Stunning shot !!!!!!!!!
onyanita PRO+
 
onyanita July 06, 2015
congrats on your Finalist Award Gracie xoxoxo
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 July 06, 2015
congratulations on your finalist award Gracie .. awesome !!!
Rustybucket8472 PRO
 
Rustybucket8472 July 06, 2015
Congratulations on your Finalist win!
Zilyram
 
Zilyram July 06, 2015
Well deserved finalist win, stunning image. :) Mary
carolcardillo PRO
 
carolcardillo July 07, 2015
Yay, Gracie! Congrats on being a Finalist! Beautiful!
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 July 08, 2015
Fantastic shot Gracie! Congrats on being a finalist!
UnkleFrank PRO+
 
UnkleFrank July 08, 2015
Way to go!!! Congratulations on a much deserved award. This is a gorgeous capture.
AnneDphotography
 
AnneDphotography July 10, 2015
wow, this is stunning , congrats on your finalist in bokeh and flowers !!
traceprinslooreppin
 
traceprinslooreppin July 11, 2015
...massive congrats on being a Finalist Gracie...this is stunning! :-)
Dacemac PRO+
 
Dacemac July 15, 2015
Way to go! Congratulations, Gracie! Superb handling!
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 July 19, 2015
Congratulations on your award!
lizziemellis PRO+
 
lizziemellis August 03, 2015
Congratulations on your finalist award well done:-)
Jeta1websandpix
 
Jeta1websandpix September 20, 2015
Congratulations Gracie! Beautifully done!

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Behind The Lens

Location
I stopped at a roadside rest stop on I-10, noticed the raised flower beds were massed with cone flowers in all stages of growth from buds to full-blown flowers. I raced back to the car for my camera and a couple of lenses.
Time
It was mid-afternoon about 2 PM so the sun was high and hot and glare-y.
Lighting
The sun was very bright in August mid-day, so I took full advantage of the lens hood. For this particular shot, I found a flower bed that was more shady, but still with lots of filtered light. I got full advantage of the bright light without having to deal with a lot of glare.
Equipment
Canon 5D Mark III, Canon Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM 1-to-1 Macro Lens, lens hood. No tripod or flash.
Inspiration
Pure impulse. I was making the trip along this road a lot that month and needed any kind of break from the monotony I could get. I always had a full assortment of camera gear on my trips. Since I am totally unable to grow cone flowers for some reason, I jumped on the chance to take a lot of shots in all stages of growth. This has remained one of my favorites.
Editing
I started with a RAW file, took it through Adobe Camera RAW for some minor tweaking and then into Photoshop CS6. My macro lens is a real workhorse and the photo required little post. I used Topaz Labs Clarity for some contrast, then minor adjustments with Topaz Denoise and Topaz Detail. Saved it as a tif then jpeg.
In my camera bag
I hate to tell you this but if I travel in my car, I take just about everything. My main squeeze is my Canon 5D Mark III. I normally keep my Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM AF Lens on it. I also have my Canon 60D and usually have my Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens on it and have been known to swerve to the shoulder of the road for a good waterbird picture. Then I have my trusty 'grab it quickly and shoot' Canon G-15 (a very evolved point and shoot that will shoot RAW). I have two other lenses I take just about everywhere: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens, the above macro lens I used for this shot. Then there's the support equipment: tripod (not in my bag but almost always close by), flashlight, some cheap reader glasses since I can't read the settings on my camera without glasses (or even see the image in the viewfinder clearly), lens and sensor cleaning equipment, circular polarizers and hoods for each lens, wired and remote shutter devices, ND filters, Canon 430 EX external flash. Of course I pare all that down for particular occasions and have an assortment of bags and backpack to make it possible .......
Feedback
If you can't grow them, find somebody that does. Use a good macro lens and get close enough to focus tightly and thus create that fantastic bokeh. I don't understand bokeh and what makes it, I just know that macro lens of mine does a fantastic job of it.

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