Project 365/89 – A Camellia Bouquet

Emily Carter Mitchell ~ Nature as Art

A short visit this morning to the U.S. National Arboretum brought me to their Asian collection and their superb selection of Camellia bushes. Several were blooming and many more promised to be blossoming within the week.

Photographing flowers with red, yellow and orange tones are quite difficult as the image gets “hot”. The solution? Bringing down your exposure compensation to highlight for the bright color.

If I hadn’t had a blazing headache, I would have remembered that trick and thus some rather hot mama Camellias. Regardless, I was able to tone down them a bit with some tweaks in Nik Color Efex Pro and Lightroom 4. Enjoy this bright color of spring. Bella

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That though the radiance which was once so bright be now forever taken from my sight. Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, glory in the flower. We will grieve not…

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