Embracing the Light by Anita Pollak
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I love cranesbills and I spent many evenings photographing ours, especially the white ones. The flowers were incredibly diverse – some flat, some cupped, some with tight petals, others loose, and of course I had to try and capture as many variations as I could. This was one of my favorites – the angle and shape of the flower and the way it embraces the early evening light just really drew me in.
Nikon D700 and Nikon 105mm f/2.8 micro lens.

I did basic adjustments in Lightroom 5, then in Photoshop used Nik Color Efex Pro Darken/Lighten Center and two textures from Kim Klassen – Xanthe and iAm – set to Soft Light at low opacity. I wanted to really darken the edges to showcase the flower so I brought it back to Lightroom and used a preset from OnOne called The Dark Side.

Featured in Blooms (All Seasons Flowers (June 30, 2013)

Featured in One Single Flower on Display (June 30, 2013)

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white cranesbill, flower, garden, texture, kim klassen, spring, backyard, macro, anita pollak

I am a photographer living in Massachusetts and my passion is flowers. I take the time to reveal the special beauty of each flower and I hope that comes through as you look at my work.

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Comments

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 1 year ago

    Simply lovely, nice comp and processing!

  • Thank you so much for your kind comments and the fave, Angie!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devineover 1 year ago

    Simple and lovely, Anita.

  • Thank you so much for your kind comments, Bette!

    – Anita Pollak

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 1 year ago

  • Thank you so much for the welcome and the fave, Gena!

    – Anita Pollak

  • RGHunt
    RGHuntover 1 year ago

    30 JUNE 2013 -- FLORAL POWER

  • Thank you so much for the feature, Russ – I really appreciate it!

    – Anita Pollak

  • cclaude
    cclaudeover 1 year ago

    Simple and elegant. Nice colors. Congrats on your feature.

  • Thank you so much for your kind comments, Claude!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Evita
    Evitaover 1 year ago

    Beautiful work !!!

    Click on the link below to view your feature and congratulate your fellow artists
    Blooms (All Seasons Flowers) ~ FEATURE GALLRY ~ July 1st, 2013

  • Thank you so much for the feature, Evita – I really appreciate it!

    – Anita Pollak

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 1 year ago

    Back to say congrats on your feature!

  • Thanks Angie!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Cynthia Harris
    Cynthia Harrisabout 1 year ago

    Very lovely Anita – congrats on your features!

  • Thank you so much for your kind comments, Cynthia!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonabout 1 year ago

    Beautiful work

  • Thank you so much for your kind comments and the fave, Joy!

    – Anita Pollak

  • JOSEPHMAZZUCCO
    JOSEPHMAZZUCCOabout 1 year ago

    Beautifully captured Anita.. a delightful and lovely little flower! I now know what’s in my ‘cup of flower’ image.. I did not know its name until now! a fave!

  • Thank you for your lovely comments and the fave, Joseph! I’m glad I was able to help you identify your "cup of flower’ image. I love cranesbills and ours were really prolific this year so I just kept on shooting them! The white ones are almost gone, but the purple ones should be around a little while longer.

    – Anita Pollak

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