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02 Oct 15. For today's close up I've chosen a cone flower shot against a blah sky at a local nursery. With the background (sky) being texture-less and almost white, I pushed the whites to an extreme to create a high key image. This type of image goes into and out of vogue in a somewhat cyclic nature and from what I'm seeing in the current crop of photo books they seem to be coming back into style. They are easily done either by using a plain background as in this image or shooting the subject against a totally white background. This flower was a little bit past its prime and that was what attracted me to it. I liked the texture effect that aging gave to the petals. My focus was on that tiny light green leaf in the center of the flower; the idea was to have just that plane sharply in focus with everything else falling away slowing to give a softness that would counter the aging. Didn't have to use any beauty creams or other products to do it.
The base image was adjusted for max tonality, given a wee bit of micro contrast adjustment, and cropped to remove a lot of unneeded white. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/400 sec @ f / 7.1.