Sparkling Blue Imagination by steppeland

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Copyright © 2008 Steppeland – All rights reserved
Comments: 178, Favorites: 69, Views: 5327, 5 challenge wins, 6 group-features (March 16, 2013) (for details: please scroll down)

“Everything you can imagine is real.” Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973)

The dried stalk and umbel of Giant Hogweed still stands strong in the autumn sun, filtered by oak-leaves…
Blue colour and bokeh achieved by camera settings (white balance) – afterwards processed in photoshop (crop, sharpening and levels only)

This picture belongs to a series of 6 photographs, of which I uploaded only 2 here at Redbubble. This is ‘Playing with colour + light 3’ – It was the firs time for me to ‘experiment’ with my camera like this in the field.

Park around the lake collection
Gaasperplas, Amsterdam SouthEast, the Netherlands

Photograph made with Pentax K10D camera and
Pentax-M zoom1:2.8-4 40-80mm lens
Exposure 1/60 sec, f. unknown
ISO 200 + white balance to achieve blue colour
Date: Oct. 8, 2008

My most popular work
This photograph was my very first work featured in Redbubble: It was featured in Out of the Blue (December 5, 2008)
It was my first work here on RB that got over a 1000 views and is, till today (Oct. 15, 2010) my most viewed and most faved image…

New Milestone
Reached 1427 views and 40 faves on dec. 13 2010 – and had to pass it’s “Most popular” status to Filtering through – Still a very honourable second place though! LOL

Challenge winner
First place winning image in the challenge All about fun in Out of the blue – group (Oct. 1, 2009)
Second place winner – with equal votes as the challenge winner, in Monochromatic – Abstracts from nature (Nov 25, 2010)

Challenge Winner in Beauty – Hosting tutorial class (Feb. 25, 2011)
Challenge winner and featured in blooms beginning with h – nature photography challenge (May 9, 2011)
Challenge winner in The blues – Tuesday Afternoon (Jan. 22, 2012)

Features and top10 placements
Featured in Out of the Blue (December 5, 2008)
Featured in Unlimited Quality (Oct. 8, 2009)
Top 10 placement in the challenge Forever in blue of the group ! 100% ! (sept. 20, 2009)
Top10 placement in Pentax – Best in blue (May 01, 2010)
Top10 placement in Inspiring – Love affair with the lens (July 5, 2010)
Top10 placement in The colour blue – Just fun group (Sept. 16, 2010) Top10 placement in Bluest blues – Mood and Ambience (Sept 24, 2010)
Featured in the best of anything and everything (Oct. 16, 2010)
Featured in One-two-three (Nov. 14, 2010)
Top10 in Against the blue – Quality art and photography (Dec.19, 2010)
Top10 in The Best In Your Portfolio- hosting tutorial class (Feb. 12, 2011)
Top10 in Running colors : Blue – First Things (June 30, 2011)
Top10 in 100% monochrome – Live, love, dream (July 9, 2011)
Top10 in Techniques: monochromatic – Alphabet Soup (Sept. 14, 2011)
Top10 in Primary colors: blue – The World (Sept. 20, 2011)
Top10 in Orange or Blue – Monochrome in colour (Nov. 26, 2011)
Top10 in Bokeh – International womens photography (Nov. 15, 2011)
Featured in International Women’s photography (Dec. 2, 2011)
Top10 in Vibrations of blue – vibrations in art (Dec. 1, 2011)
Top10 in Bunches of Bokeh – Challenge accepted (Dec. 22, 2011)
Top10 in Your fav. image of 2011 – Nature photography contest (Jan. 5, 2012)
Featured in Pentax (March 1, 2012)
Featured in Pentax (May 19, 2012)
Featured in The Best of Redbubble (July 19, 2012)
Top10 in Amazing Challenge entertainment: Only blue (Aug. 11, 2012)

Thank you so much to the hosts of these marvellous groups, and to all who voted .

Diptych Collab

This image was used in a diptych collab by Nancy S. Coelho – Marvellous work, Nancy!

Imagination Squared
by Nancy S. Coelho

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See more of my Blue images

You can now also search my portfolio using
Steppeland Thematic Catalogue

Comments and feed-back always welcome. Thanks for looking :)

Steppeland (pseudonym) is a Flemish photographer, living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Her main area’s of interest are Nature Photography, Street photography and Photojournalism. Recently she also explores different digital art techniques, mainly based on her own photographs.
More of her work can be seen at DeviantArt and 500px

Comments and feed-back always welcome! Thanks for looking!

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  • taueva
    tauevaover 6 years ago

    Beautiful capture!!!! love the color tones and cropping!

  • Thank you, taueva ! Glad you like it :)

    – steppeland

    ANNETTE HAGGERover 6 years ago

    What a magical image, superb colours and lightng, great macro!…anna ; )

  • Thank you so much, Anna, I really appreciate your comments! It means a lot (hug)

    (I posted this reply three days ago, but forget to use the reply button, so had to repost… sorry, I’m still a newbie, and it takes always a long time before I get used to the proper way to do things [giggle]

    – steppeland

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisover 6 years ago

    This is beautiful work. Congratulations on your feature!

  • wow, thank you so much ! My very first feature here at redbubbles – that’s awesome! :D

    – steppeland

  • Susan Duffey
    Susan Duffeyover 6 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS. It’s a beautiful creation and well deserved feature.

  • Aww… thank you so much!

    – steppeland

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonover 6 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature…..lovely shot!

  • Thanks a lot, wdonaldson – happy you like it! :D

    – steppeland

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  • Thanks a lot for the comment and the fav! I really appreciate! <3

    – steppeland

  • malina
    malinaover 6 years ago

    amazing !!!

  • Thank you Malina for your kind comment! <3

    – steppeland

  • Laurette Ruys
    Laurette Ruysabout 6 years ago

    beautiful colour and pattern :)

  • Thanks a lot, Laurette

    – steppeland

  • tessabishop
    tessabishopover 5 years ago

    Lovely image!

  • Thanks a lot for your comment and fav Tessa. I am happy you like my work :)

    – steppeland

  • – steppeland

  • ashpipedevil
    ashpipedevilover 5 years ago

    Fabulous work…the blue is my favourite one…well done.

  • Thank you, Phil – and thanks for letting me know your fav colour… admitted, I like the blue most too :)

    – steppeland

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