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Azaleas in bloom in Charleston, SC.

Azalea Blossom

The azaleas are in full bloom here in Charleston.  I always have a hard time shooting these flowers because I think they look best when viewed in their rows and formations in the landscapes rather than as here in a single blossom.  But I have yet to find a pleasing composition with more than one flower in the frame.  This was one of the less common white species among all the pinks, magentas and reds.  I knew that if I could isolate a single bloom that I could get an image like this.

In post process I punched up the microcontrast a bit with a high pass filter layer.  Then a standard linear contrast curve layer and a bit of brightness/contrast in a layer.  For the black and white conversion I chose the CS3 preset of “maximum black”.  Three sharpening passes included a high-pass filter sharpen and unsharp mask before cropping and toning.  After sizing, the third sharpening pass was for web presentation.

I like this image and I’ll definitely be printing it for my own house, if not for sale.

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Written by Brian Fancher

April 14, 2010 at 6:48 pm

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