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Bazz June 11, 2017
WOW ... Stunning! Love the pastel! Just perfect!
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AnneDphotography June 11, 2017
wow , everything about this spells elegance and beauty ... what a stunner
 
JDLifeshots June 12, 2017
Gorgeous capture! Awarded.
 
JVendetti June 12, 2017
BEAUTIFUL!!! ?
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chuckrickman June 12, 2017
What a marvelous capture. Love everything about it. Kudos
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trainwoman June 12, 2017
Beyond beautiful....love the edit
 
kathyk_abq June 12, 2017
Wonderful macro and selective focus! Just lovely, lovely, lovely!
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sweetpea72 June 13, 2017
Stunning!! シ
 
KevinGPhotography June 13, 2017
WOW!!! this is breathtaking, absolutely gorgeous
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nina050 June 13, 2017
I can see this on a birthday card!
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sue-zon June 14, 2017
I love lilacs, too, Gail . . . and I really love this!
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adavies June 18, 2017
Fantastic! :)
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lizziemellis June 19, 2017
Simply lovely so delicate and whispy:-)
 
swood June 21, 2017
I was immediately drawn to this capture. The color, the focal point...everything is spot on. Mesmerizing!
 
Mirza_Cengic June 21, 2017
Very beautiful macro
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terryc June 29, 2017
Love the selective focus and lovely softness of the shot, as well as the beautiful colors, Gail!!
 
Alfoto336699 June 29, 2017
Love the subtle shades and soft focus, beautifully done Gail!
 
DorisSeybold July 02, 2017
beautiful and very elegant!!
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estercastillo08 July 12, 2017
wow !! so beautiful !!
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Pamelabole July 13, 2017
Beautiful!!! Love the softness!! : )
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KayBrewer July 21, 2017
Drop dead stunning! Color, detail, DOF - love it!
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estercastillo08 September 19, 2017
Voted The Pink Color
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estercastillo08 October 24, 2017
Voted Macro Games
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estercastillo08 November 07, 2017
Voted Macro and Patterns
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adavies November 29, 2017
Congrats. Gail! Love this one! :)
 
JDLifeshots November 29, 2017
Congrats! Well deserved :)
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Bazz December 01, 2017
Congratulations on being a Finalist in Macro and Patterns Photo Contest for November, 2017! Well done!
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estercastillo08 December 07, 2017
Congrats on your win, Finalist in Macro and Patterns Photo Contest
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estercastillo08 December 21, 2017
Voted Viewbug Photography Awards, good luck! Gail
 
JDLifeshots August 01, 2018
Gorgeous job! Voted Colors of Spring.
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Bazz August 17, 2018
Congratulations on being
Contest Finalist in "The Colors of Spring" Photo Contest 2018 for August, 2018. Well done!
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estercastillo08 August 17, 2018
Congratulations !!!, Won Contest Finalist in Colors of Spring Photo Contest
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GigiJim08 August 25, 2018
Beautiful image, Congratulations on your award!
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Mar August 25, 2018
Breathtaking capture. Congratulations on a well deserved award!! It is absolutely stunning!!
 
JDLifeshots Apr 26
Beautiful! Voted Flowers.
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onyanita May 11
yay....congrats on your Fin!alist Award! A work of art!
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Bazz May 28
Congratulations on being People's Choice in Flowers and more Flowers Photo Contest! Yahoo! Well deserved!
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llowzz May 28
Stunning image in all respects ! Congratulations !!
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KayBrewer May 29
Congratulations, Gail! People's Choice award in the Flowers, Flowers contest!
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beautiful
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Congratulations ! People Choice in Flowers and More Flowers Photo Contest

Soft Lilac



I love Lilacs. They never last long enough - but their aroma in the air is a sure signal of Spring !
I love Lilacs. They never last long enough - but their aroma in the air is a sure signal of Spring !
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Behind The Lens

Location
This image was taken in my garden.
Time
The lovely aroma of the Lilacs called out to me as I was enjoying this early, warm Spring day. You never know here in southern Ontario how warm the days will be in May. It was around 2 p.m. on May the 10th.
Lighting
It was a bright day. I like to shoot Wide Open on my Macro lens but due to the full sun stopped it down to F/3.5
Equipment
I used my Canon Rebel T1i with my Canon EF 100mm F2.8 Macro USM lens.
Inspiration
I love Lilacs. The sheer joy of the early warmth of the day and the aroma of the Lilacs inspired me to take the image.
Editing
My first adjustments are always basics: checking the light levels which I did adjust. I then used a few carefully placed soft pink overlays to give an overall soft and feminine appearance to the image. I used several Layers to accomplish this soft effect while editing in Photoshop CS6.
In my camera bag
I always have a Canon Rebel Camera & usually go out with an intent in mind depending on the location where I am shooting. I would say 75% of the time I use my Canon EF100mm F2.8 Macro USM Lens as I love shooting the little miracles in our world whether it be flowers or insects. I try not to pack too heavy. Many times I will have my Macro lens on my camera but will have back up lenses in the car in case I change my mind. I also have a Canon EF200mm f/2.8 USM, and an EF 24-105mm F/4L IS USM. I always carry an extra battery, memory card, Canon 430 EX11 Flash and extra lens covers when possible.
Feedback
For this type of image it basically comes down to paying attention to the Season and being aware what flowers will be in bloom at the time. If you cannot find what you are looking for in your own backyard, hopefully you have access to nearby Parks or Flower Gardens & Nurseries where there usually is a multitude of flowers during the year. I find being out in Nature and experiencing the many aromas and 'gifts' of the Seasons to be very rewarding and therapeutic.

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