Project 365/89 – A Camellia Bouquet

A short visit this morning to the U.S. National Arboretum brought me to their Asian collection and their superb selection of Camellia bushes. Several were blooming and many more promised to be blossoming within the week.

Photographing flowers with red, yellow and orange tones are quite difficult as the image gets “hot”. The solution? Bringing down your exposure compensation to highlight for the bright color.

If I hadn’t had a blazing headache, I would have remembered that trick and thus some rather hot mama Camellias. Regardless, I was able to tone down them a bit with some tweaks in Nik Color Efex Pro and Lightroom 4. Enjoy this bright color of spring. Bella

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That though the radiance which was once so bright be now forever taken from my sight. Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, glory in the flower. We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind.

William Wordsworth

23 thoughts on “Project 365/89 – A Camellia Bouquet

  1. They are a beauty especially the single petal. I guess the solution to your head ache is your magnificent camera. Is it Easter yet? Darn one more sleep.

  2. Despite your headache you achieved some brilliant shots – love these beautiful floral photographs, especially the second large one on the right. Happy Easter ~

    • These were stunning blossoms. Growing up in North Central Florida I was surrounded by these. They are special for our area and my friend hadn’t seen many of them. Crazy headache lasted all day long. Today is much better. Hope you’re having a beautiful day.

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