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    Posted: 08 October 2018 at 14:21
Hi everyone,

As an addition to the Summer Blooms post, I can now share (what I believe are) some further Dahlia focused images. All these were taken on the a99/Sigma 105/2.8 Macro combination with some deliberately shallow DoF set; this means that not all the focus points are exactly where they should be (!) but I quite liked what I ended up with! I hope you enjoy the following as well:

1. White Crown



2. Pretty in Pink (I really need to stop using that title....)



3. Still Bursting



4. Suspended



5. The Dark One



6. Late Summer Glow



7. Purple Heart



8. Developed and One Yet To Come



9. Sharp Petal



10. What Is Yet To Be



Thanks for looking at these and comments always very welcome!

Best regards,

Neil.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote waldo_posth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 October 2018 at 20:35
Wow, so many Dahlias!

The images are all excellent - but three of them I find personally particularly beautiful: #5 because of the contrast between the light green background and the dark red blossom, #6 because of its overhelming color, #7 because of the delicate structures of the petals.

Great flower images, again, Neil!
Thank you for sharing them!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Roger Rex Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 October 2018 at 23:22
#10 is #1 - The rest are quite nice but #10, is a very different take done very well. To paraphrase Harold Feinstein: "Try to show the viewer something in a way they have not seen it before." I've seen the others before. I do wish the flower stood alone without the other bit of one popping up on the left side but I think that can be removed via content aware or as an alternative, a crop just up to its right edge.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote owenn01 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 October 2018 at 14:49
Thanks Harald and Roger for the kind words. I know these are nothing 'out of the ordinary' in flower photography terms but the differences in flower types and colours I thought were worthy of sharing.

Roger - yes; I agree that sometimes one needs to try and display something that is in a different format or presentation to make them look again (and, hopefully, again) to confirm what they are seeing - I think #10 does almost fit into that but your comment on the added flower bud is quite right - I need to see what it looks like with that edit in place (once I've gone through my Utah images though... ).

Thanks again and best regards, Neil.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Fred_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 October 2018 at 22:20
What a beautiful set Neil! #5 and 10 are on top of my list. I don't find the 'misplaced focus points' disturbing. TFS
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Great series Neil, for me #3, 4, 6, 7 worked very well. TFS .
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Roger Rex Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 October 2018 at 11:04
Originally posted by owenn01 owenn01 wrote:

... (once I've gone through my Utah images though... ).


Southern Utah, pound for pound (mile for mile) the best grand landscape location in the United States, in my opinion. And you are playing with Dahlias? Not to denigrate flowers but ...
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Post Options Post Options   Quote owenn01 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 October 2018 at 11:34
Ah, Roger; these were taken way before the vacation and I posted them 'to keep my hand in' on the site

The Utah vacation was just awe inspiring in so many ways - I'll give more details when I start posting from this wonderful road trip but suffice to say we found some absolutely beautiful and isolated locations off the beaten track (though that is starting to become more challenging by the looks of how busy the place was in September!).

Lots of time ahead in front of the Mac by the looks of it...

Thanks for the comment and best regards, Neil.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Stueyman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 October 2018 at 01:01
Super set, #9 winds the day for me!
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really beautiful!
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