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Garlic Flower



The flower of elephant garlic tweaked for RGB. I love it.

The flower of elephant garlic tweaked for RGB. I love it.
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Member Selection Award
Spring Selection Award
Peer Award
Joviaal photoABSTRACTION jonasweiss Bruizaphoto janland vitor Jackspratt +17
Outstanding Creativity
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Top Choice
angelamason1967 lenartuk larrywelch wideopenspaces photosbyjoesaladino iftekhar rturnbow +5
Superb Composition
aliasadi109 edwardlrose wayneleary timmeee1 AshokKrTyagi evelynbrezina asjadalinaqvi +4
Absolute Masterpiece
ImageMD Athena_B StanoMurin Funtig1 smilersam charlesdpeters PankajPatelPhotography +3
Magnificent Capture
GigiJim08 traceymcdonald corystierley
All Star
maryhale9534 rickmcfadden ZachEddy
Virtuoso
GeorgeTesseris
Superior Skill
MickAlicic

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Change Of Seasons Photo ContestTop 30 class
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The Wonders of the World Photo ContestTop 10 class
The Wonders of the World Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
World Photography Day Photo ContestTop 10 class
World Photography Day Photo ContestTop 10 class week 2
World Photography Day Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Spring Photo Contest 2017Top 10 class
Low Vantage Point Photo ContestTop 30 class
Spring Photo Contest 2017Top 10 class week 1
Low Vantage Point Photo ContestTop 30 class week 2
Low Vantage Point Photo ContestTop 30 class week 1
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My Best Shot Photo Contest Vol 2Top 20 class week 2
My Best Shot Photo Contest Vol 2Top 20 class week 1
Image of the Year Photo Contest 2016Top 10 class
Image of the Year Photo Contest 2016Top 10 class week 1
Our Natural World Photo ContestTop 10 class
Our Natural World Photo ContestTop 10 class week 1
Freshmen 2016 Photo Contest Vol 2Top 10 class
Freshmen 2016 Photo Contest Vol 2Top 10 class week 2
Freshmen 2016 Photo Contest Vol 2Top 30 class week 1

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naturisk March 27, 2016
Thanks everyone for the likes and awards!
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naturisk April 28, 2016
Thanks for the spring selection award! What contest is it from? Such a compliment, folks, thank you.
ovosphotography
 
ovosphotography July 30, 2016
nice!
traceymcdonald
 
traceymcdonald August 20, 2016
I just love this picture! Beautiful colors, outstanding balance and creativity!
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naturisk April 28, 2017
Thanks for leaving a critique; I'm glad you liked it!
smilersam
 
smilersam August 24, 2016
Wonderful image!!, an explosion of colour, beautifully done. Voted Freshman 2016 good luck.
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naturisk April 28, 2017
Thanks for leaving a comment, and for voting! I'm glad you liked it!
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naturisk August 26, 2016
Thanks, everyone for the top 30% Trifecta, during week one.
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naturisk September 02, 2016
Thanks to all for top 10% Photo Trifecta, week two.
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naturisk September 06, 2016
Thanks for top 10%, week three!
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 November 09, 2016
Stunning, Congratulations on your award!
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naturisk December 23, 2016
Top 10th Trifecta, thanks all for nature's beauty.
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naturisk January 05, 2017
Thank you for the Member Selection Award in December.
wideopenspaces
 
wideopenspaces May 31, 2017
Wow, such color and emotions. A happy image - one that makes one (me) feel jolly. Great use of colors and styles ( abstract with realism). In a word, NIce ! or Outstanding Creativity or Top Choice.

Behind The Lens

Location
Thank you for asking me to participate in your artists blog, "Behind the Lens". To explain the origin and dynamic behind this particularly dazzling image, I must say that as an older person I have to find my ecstacy and adoration for the Creator pretty close to home. I don't get to travel much, but my mind allows me to explore just about anything- the colour, genetic design, origins, future of (?) any subject can be important, not just to the originator but to other explorers.
Time
I think my photo was taken in the early afternoon.
Lighting
Just sunlight, so I drove the brightness level up by probably ninety percent in post-processing.
Equipment
When I made this adjustment to the photo, I had an amateur (10mp) shot of a Jumbo Garlic flower on hand. I use a Fuji pretty consistently, but it is a moderately priced idiot proof digital. Fuji is fantastic for macro detail. I have since upgraded at least the mp.
Inspiration
I love flowers. I love my natural world. My sons' wife is a gardening expert, and I was bragging about my garden by posting on Flickr, actually, although I am not sure if she ever saw the photos. They are both artists, and I often feel that their work and lifestyle truly inspires me to communicate with images.
Editing
I had never explored the colours hidden within the soft subtleties of a flower, and revved the rgb to nearly 100% greater than the pinks, creams and lilacs of the flower. I was using an old defunct program which works pretty well. It's Microsoft Photodraw, defunct since 2000. When I started out selling photo cards on Japanese rice paper, I called my business "Northdays Image", due to a sun clock of rays that I really liked, taken in the snow of Canada. I added Natural Light, because, usually, I've been a bit of a classicist, relying on the light "capture" as is. So it was a strange sort of journey for me to wix a flower graphically into what seems like a psychedelic experience. But I did it, and was delighted with it, because I had once watched a cutter bee locating the most ripe of a flower (brilliant white) next to a nearly full spectrum of coloured flowers (all actually white cyclamen). The bees made me see them in rich, rich separate colour- green, purple, yellow and so on. So I made the flower colours bees magic.
In my camera bag
Batteries, batteries, batteries. I have a small rubber disc on a pen that helps clean lenses, two battery chargers to fit the car electrical which I have never used, a quintessential bandana which I have never used but need in order to keep hair out of the photo (hmm)..my current Fuji Finepix S1800 camera, a pocket Canon (kept in my purse) and the Canon battery charger and lead. If I remember it, I have a collapsible and portable steel tripod that belonged to my Dad. Also a most essential plastic ziplock bag, multi-purpose. Humble.
Feedback
Approach your world with curiosity and joy. I get too excited- listen to the experts and remember to bring your tripod. If you are really interested in the life of natural beings like flowers, and their compelling richness, watch visiting bees and butterflies and understand their love, care and appreciation for the nectars, pollens and colours of flowers. Also their soft sheltering forms. Then go nuts with experimentation. It's ok, you can always click cancel. Never underestimate your photo efforts; a seemingly mundane image can suddenly burst into song for you and others.

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