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Beautiful blooms of the Texas State Flower, Bluebonnets with a small bouquet of Indian Paintbrushes along a wooden split rail style fence that appears to be imm...
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Beautiful blooms of the Texas State Flower, Bluebonnets with a small bouquet of Indian Paintbrushes along a wooden split rail style fence that appears to be immersed into the flowers.
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Winner in Fences and Flowers Photo Challenge
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Magnificent Capture
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The Colors Of Spring Photo Contest 2018Top 20 class
The Colors Of Spring Photo Contest 2018Top 10 class week 1
Spring Photo Contest 2018Top 10 class
Spring Photo Contest 2018Top 10 class week 1
Social Exposure Photo Contest Vol 7Top 10 class
Spring Photo Contest 2017Top 10 class
Social Exposure Photo Contest Vol 7Top 10 class week 1
Spring Photo Contest 2017Top 10 class week 1
The Other Side Of The Fence Photo ContestTop 10 class
The Other Side Of The Fence Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Dancing Flowers Photo ContestTop 10 class
The Creative Landscape Photo ContestTop 10 class
Dancing Flowers Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
The Creative Landscape Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
The Creative Landscape Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
City or Country Photo ContestTop 10 class
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City or Country Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Monthly Pro Vol 25 Photo ContestTop 10 class
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Monthly Pro Vol 25 Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Fences Photo ContestTop 10 class
Fences Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
Fences Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Compositions 101 Photo ContestTop 20 class
Compositions 101 Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Natural Clusters Photo ContestTop 10 class
Rails and Fences Photo ContestTop 10 class

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20 Comments | Report
nina050 PRO+
 
nina050 June 04, 2015
Beautiful!
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RDVPhotography June 10, 2015
This was spring of 2010, probably a bloom of a lifetime for wildflowers in Texas. Thanks.
markcote PRO+
 
markcote June 12, 2015
Spectacular!
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RDVPhotography June 14, 2015
Thank you very much, I went back and re-edited this one using lightroom vs photoshop and like this version much better.
Snappin-shots
 
Snappin-shots June 16, 2015
absolutely beautiful!!!! :)
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RDVPhotography June 17, 2015
Thanks Teri, appreciate the beautiful comment : D
rosemarylang
 
rosemarylang August 01, 2015
Stunning Photo. Love the vibrancy of your colours.
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RDVPhotography August 14, 2015
Thank you very much Rosemary, it was a banner year in 2010 and still waiting for another.
Lillymeg PRO+
 
Lillymeg August 24, 2015
Congratulations in being a Finalist in the Rail and Fences Contest, it is a beautiful capture.
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RDVPhotography August 27, 2015
Thanks Marion, it was a banner year in Texas in spring of 2010. Then the draught came, much like your part of Australia has had.
oldgal
 
oldgal August 26, 2015
Delightful treat !!!
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RDVPhotography August 27, 2015
Thank you very much John, headed in your direction in October.
AshThomson PRO+
 
AshThomson August 28, 2015
A very lovely shot! Well done making it to the finals!
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RDVPhotography September 11, 2015
Thank you very much Ash, been off awhile with travels and computer problems but back till October Cheers.
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 September 04, 2015
Wow congratulations on your Award!
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RDVPhotography September 11, 2015
Hi Gigi, appreciate that. Been off awhile with travels and computer problems but back till October Cheers.
emvader
 
emvader January 29, 2016
love your photo its very bright and cheerful
join my challenge on view bug showing your best photos of showing spring is on its way
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ovosphotography
 
ovosphotography May 17, 2016
like it!
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RDVPhotography June 28, 2016
Thanks my friend
dwayne64 Premium
 
dwayne64 June 28, 2016
Awesome
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RDVPhotography June 28, 2016
Thanks Dwayne
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RDVPhotography June 28, 2016
Thanks Dwayne
redwriter PRO
 
redwriter September 20, 2016
Great image. Nice work. - Jake
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RDVPhotography September 22, 2016
Thank you very much Jake, enjoyed purusing your work a bit.
Byronfairphotography PRO+
 
Byronfairphotography October 10, 2016
Absolutely gorgeous
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RDVPhotography October 16, 2016
Thanks Byron, appreciate the comment
Beegirl
 
Beegirl October 16, 2016
Amazing capture
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RDVPhotography October 16, 2016
Thank you very much, mother nature was very kind to me
TLien PRO
 
TLien October 22, 2016
I saw this and went to award it only to find out I already had! It is a beautiful shot.
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RDVPhotography October 27, 2016
Thanks much Tim, this was back in 2010 and have not seen wildflowers this nice in Texas since. A once in a lifetime event they say but I have hope each spring: D
JGemplerPhotography
 
JGemplerPhotography December 02, 2016
This is simply an amazing image!
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RDVPhotography December 09, 2016
Thank you very much June, Mother Nature was very kind to us in 2010, you have some fine work also. Cheers
RDVPhotography PRO+
 
RDVPhotography February 21, 2017
17 top 10's in 9 contests. Last contest rank of 13,363 out 14,356 entries. One of these days maybe???
Smert
 
Smert August 27, 2017
Wish we had these flowers here
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RDVPhotography September 09, 2017
Dave, we don't have this good every year, this was 2010 and probably a once in a lifetime bloom, cheers Ron
dalealan
 
dalealan March 01, 2018
Stunning!
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RDVPhotography March 03, 2018
Thank you very much, hope this year is good for wildflowers here in Texas.
texaaronpueschel PRO+
 
texaaronpueschel July 18, 2018
The colors jumps out. The angle of the fence is creative. The composition is very nice. Very pleasing to the eye.
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RDVPhotography July 22, 2018
Thank you very much Tex

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in Llano County, TX along TX 29 between Llano and Burnet. More specifically it was a scene along the south side of the highway just east of FM 1431 and west of County Rd 261 where there is a split rail fence.
Time
This was taken on April 13, 2010 at 5:08 PM about three hours before sunset. This was one of the best years in Texas for wildflowers and I have not seen a year this good since. Many say it was a once in a lifetime bloom.
Lighting
The sky was partly cloudy with large puffy cumulus clouds and the light moved across the ground as the clouds moved and this was taken with the area shaded to avoid any harsh light.
Equipment
I used a Canon EOS 50D, my first DSLR camera, which I had been using for only about 8 months. I had a Canon EF16-35mm f/2.8L USM lens on the camera and mounted on a Gitzo tripod. Camera and lens settings were f/5.6, 26mm, 1/250 sec at ISO 200.
Inspiration
I saw how the fence line seemed to be immersing itself in the bluebonnets due to the downhill slope. I moved in tight with the wide angle lens and shot downward to exaggerate this sense.
Editing
I developed this image with LR 5 and the first thing I usually do is enable lens profile and remove chromatic aberrations, I then cropped the image to further tighten the scene then adjusted the shadows, highlights and both white and black clipping. I then made some minor adjustments to clarity & vibrance and adjusted the yellow luminance a bit and finally increased the contrast a bit. When I exported this as a JPG, I sharpened for the web.
In my camera bag
At the time I took this photo all I had was one bag with my 50D, 16-35mm, 24-70mm and 70-200mm along with a polarizing filter. Not much compared to now.
Feedback
Plan ahead and find out where and when wildflowers will be blooming. Check out web sites and blogs that post tips and reports of sightings. This was my first time to see the spring bloom of wildflowers in Texas and I wrote to the Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Centers in the 5 main counties that make up the "Hill Country" in central Texas. They all sent me detailed county maps along with literature on places to stay and eat. I also followed a web site called wildflowerhaven.com and bought a book that the owner of that sight had published on places to go. Main thing is to plan ahead and do research before you go. Good luck.

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