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― Artistic Expression ShowcaseComposite: Daphne in the U of Wisconsin Arboretum

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Composite: Daphne in the U of Wisconsin Arboretum

Post by Charles Haacker » Wed May 17, 2017 10:48 pm

This was made in early April, 2012, with my Nikon P7000. Living in Madison, Wisconsin, we often went to the UW Arboretum, which has a large collection of Magnificent Magnolias, not every kind (there are over 200) but a lot. Daphne loved to stroll among the magnolias. She hated for me to take her pitcher, however, so I have quite a few from the back of her strolling and enjoying.

Wikipedia: The Magnolia is an ancient genus. Appearing before bees did, the flowers are theorized to have evolved to encourage pollination by beetles. To avoid damage from pollinating beetles, the carpels of Magnolia flowers are extremely tough. Fossilised specimens of M. acuminata have been found dating to 20 million years ago, and of plants identifiably belonging to the Magnoliaceae date to 95 million years ago.
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^^ Above is the Before, SOOC jpeg. The day was bleak and chilly as you can see, but we went anyway. I am pretty sure I never did anything with this picture until now because it was so flat, but coming across it today I decided to see what I could do in Lightroom. I was fairly chuffed at the result but it still needed something...
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...It needed clouds, but it still had to look overcast as there were no shadows. I dug through my library of cloud negatives and decided these would do. Dealing with the cutout and edge refining was "fun."
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So while we are on the subject, on a different day we were there again and I just loved the picture of this little girl in her horse wellingtons and ice-cream tutu taking her own picture with a cell phone. I had to take it and I did! :D (The clouds in this picture are legit; they were there.)
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Post by LindaShorey » Wed May 17, 2017 11:11 pm

Your sky looks super! And what a lovely setting. Wonderful memories you have to work with here, Chuck. Labors of much love and life.

Your third pic is utterly delightful!
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Post by St3v3M » Fri May 19, 2017 6:10 am

Charles Haacker wrote:This was made in early April, 2012, with my Nikon P7000. Living in Madison, Wisconsin, we often went to the UW Arboretum, which has a large collection of Magnificent Magnolias, not every kind (there are over 200) but a lot. Daphne loved to stroll among the magnolias. She hated for me to take her pitcher, however, so I have quite a few from the back of her strolling and enjoying.
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Post by uuglypher » Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:44 pm

Chuck,
I think your "punch up" of your composite of Daphne in the Arboretum is marked improvement!
The pictures you took anyway must conjure marvelous memories.
And the little girl taking a picture is downright charming!

Dave

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