Last week, as I prepared a few photos for printing, I found myself looking back at last year’s pictures, and found a few that I had meant to process but never got around to. I took this particular photo last September at Chartwell. It was an overcast day, which makes for rather dull landscapes but provides fantastic light for detail shots. Now I was silly enough to forget taking note of the exact kind of flower I was taking a picture of. I think it’s a chrysanthemum, but then I’m no botanist. Or gardener, for that matter. If any of my readers know better, do let me know! [Addendum: a reader kindly identified this as a dahlia; see comments below for further details.]
I took this photo handheld as a single exposure. I had not bought the macro lens yet, so this was using the 24-105mm lens at its longest end and widest aperture, getting as close to the flower as the lens would allow. Processing was rather simple: just the usual selective curves layer to balance the exposure and a global curves layer to fine-tune the contrast.
Click on the photo for a larger version; comments welcome, as always.