Today’s post features a rhododendron blossom. I was trying to get the most out of this image that I like for the translucency of the petals, the colour and the lighting. I ended up playing with some of the picasa image processing presets, and the ones I show here each, in their own ways, accentuate something that I like in the image.
In the end, I think that for this image, the utility of looking at the other processed versions is to have your eye drawn to something that is present, but more subtle, in the lightly processed version that I lead with above. For instance the HDR-ish version in the gallery below really highlights how transparent the edges of the images are. The photograph above has a light graduated mask of a faint pink colour selected from the lower left corner of the image, and a bit of contrast adjustment, both to bring out the edges of and the veins within the petals .
To view large-sized versions of any of these images click on them to launch gallery viewer, use arrows on sides to navigate between pictures and the escape key to return to this post.
For a map of this location see this link (be prepared to wait for a while as the pictures linked to the map take some time to upload. Furthermore, I have just discovered a practical limit in google maps – the list of posts has moved to a second page, so you have to scroll down the list on the left side and choose the second page, then you will be able to see the marker).
Canon 5d Mark II. Images taken variously with Takumar 100/4 Macro. ISO 1000, 1/125th, ~f-8.