This is a shot of a bloom taken from our Camelia plant in the graden. It always flowers really early providing spectacular colour during the otherwise normally grey/brown late winter. It is quite difficult to get it all in focus, without the background details being captured too so I opted for shallow depth of field and focused on the centre of the flower with the anthers in sharp focus. I also tried converting this to black & white and took a few shots closer in on the anthers as shwon below. The shot below was converted to B&W using Nik's Silver Efex Pro. I applied a medium yellow filter effect to brighten up the anthers and provide better contrast with the pink petals. This also highlights the rain drops a bit too.
The close-ups work quite well but better in B&W I think. Again this was converted using Silver Efex Pro and a simila ryellow filter effect added.
I am an amateur photographer who is also a Chartered Geographer with his own part-time consultancy business and I work as an estate manager for a national conservation charity in Scotland. I am based in Lochalsh, Wester Ross, Scotland, just next to the Isle of Skye.
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