Near the end of dahlia season, this tall red beauty stood out against sky-dappled trees. For heightened drama, I let the dahlia keep her fiery red coloring while I turned the rest of the scene into black and white — which gave the background bokeh a smoky look. (Olympus E-510 & Zuiko 70-300mm zoom at 125mm, f/6.3, 1/250 sec., ISO 100, filtered morning sun)

RedBubble Explore – Featured Photography (February 2014)

Top 10 (3rd Place) in “Selective Coloring” challenge in International Women’s Photography group (September 2013)

Top 10 in “Red Dahlias” challenge in Challenge Accepted group (February 2013)

2nd Place in “Flowering Bulb – Selective Coloring” challenge in Flowering Bulbs (April 2012)

Featured in Colour Splash (26 February 2014)

Featured in International Women’s Photography (25 August 2013)

Featured in Olympus and Four Thirds Group (21 January 2012)

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  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...over 2 years ago

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 2 years ago

    Superbly captured love the bloom Celeste.

  • Thank you so much, Julie! This really was a gorgeous dahlia.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsover 2 years ago

    Stunning flower colour and works so dramaticially against the b&W

  • Thank you, Karen! I used the b&w because I wanted this flower to dominate the image completely. She’s such a diva. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • KatMagic Photography
    KatMagic Photo...over 2 years ago

    Super contrast, Celeste, with the red really popping and the gorgeous satin texture of those petals becoming even more apparent with the black and white background…

  • Thank you, Katherine! This was one of the sassiest red dahlias I’ve ever seen, and I hoped to show how special she is!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • mom23girls
    mom23girlsover 2 years ago

    Lovely image! The selective coloring worked so well! Love the bg!

  • Thank you, Tracy! This dahlia pretty much dictated the treatment.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Megan Martin
    Megan Martinover 2 years ago

    beautiful selective coloring! Love that intense red!!

  • Thanks very much, Megan! The intense red caught my eye too – a splendid dahlia!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Teresa Pople
    Teresa Popleover 2 years ago

    Celeste this is how it should be done . . .the black and white background . . .which by itself is lovely . . .adds such impact to the dramatically coloured dahlia . . .stunning xx

  • Thank you, Teresa. I don’t do selective coloring often, but sometimes it seems perfect. This was one of those times, as it brought out the best in the dahlia.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • EbyArts
    EbyArtsover 2 years ago

    Love the selective color effect, looks more powerful.
    Love the curly petals Celeste.

  • Thanks very much, Eby! I agree about the curly petals and love finding dahlias that have them!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • dizzy5184
    dizzy5184over 2 years ago

    A little different for you Celeste but just perfect yet again. And with your treatment you can no longer give all the credit to Mother Nature haha

  • Thank you! I appreciate the feature very much.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Linda  Makiej Photography
    Linda Makiej ...over 2 years ago

    Congratulations on your wonderful feature!!

  • Thanks very much, Linda!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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