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Softly, softly by Celeste Mookherjee

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On my long walk to the Avalon Casino (Santa Catalina Island, California), I found many African daisies. As it was late afternoon, these blooms were thinking of going to sleep and were starting to close up. They were at a distance, making my long zoom lens the logical choice. I added textures in post-processing to give more of an “off to dreamland” feeling. Not cropped, composed in camera. (Olympus E-5 & Zuiko 70-300mm zoom at 149mm, f/4.5, 1/320 sec., ISO 200, open shade, handheld) Textures courtesy of Shadowhouse Creations (You’d be surprised) and Leslie Nicole’s French Kiss Textures (Dove Wings).

RedBubble Explore – Featured Photography (January 2014)

Featured in International Women’s Photography (6 January 2014)

Featured in Blooms – All Seasons Flowers (2 February 2014)

Featured in Feminine Intent (30 January 2014)

Featured in Textures Unlimited (1 May 2012)

Passionate about photography, especially nature subjects!

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

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 2 years ago

    Beautiful focus and dof. Great work.

  • Thank you very much, Joy! I was happy with the way this came together.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • leonie7
    leonie7over 2 years ago

    outstanding capture Celeste just so beautiful well done love it lee

  • Thanks very much, Lee! I’m delighted you like it!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devineover 2 years ago

    Very pastel-pretty,Celeste.One day I will learn how to use textures to such good effect – I hope!

  • Thank you, Bette! I’m glad you like the textures in this one, as I wanted to add a dreamy feeling. As for learning to use textures to good effect, it’s like the Nike ads – just do it! Seriously, I started learning what I know by downloading some free textures and just experimenting. Key concepts: blending modes, layer opacity and layer masks.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Gabrielle  Hope
    Gabrielle Hopeover 2 years ago

    Simply beautiful!!

  • Thank you very much, Gabrielle!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • OpalFire
    OpalFireover 2 years ago

    Gorgeous composition, Celeste – very dreamy. :o)

  • Thanks, Maggie, I’m so glad the dreamy feeling comes across!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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

    Wow, Celeste, this is just so captivating with those deep, dark and rich colors…gorgeous with a bit of a painterly feel to it …!

  • Thank you very much, Katherine! This image is a good example of why I love photographing African daisies because they are such versatile subjects!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Thomas Eggert
    Thomas Eggertover 2 years ago

    They look like little paintbrushes held by the painter deciding what colors to add next to the canvas…..Beautiful…:)

  • Thank you, Thomas! I love what you see in the image. You have such an artistic eye!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Anita Pollak
    Anita Pollakover 2 years ago

    This is so lovely, Celeste – I love the dreamy feeling! Wonderful colors, lighting, and DoF, and great use of the textures. The blooms seem to be reaching for the sky!

  • Thanks very much, Anita! I’m so happy that what I wanted to communicate is speaking to you!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • kristijohnson
    kristijohnsonover 2 years ago

    How gorgeous! So well done!

  • Thanks again, Kristi! I appreciate your comments very much.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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