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Bud to Bloom

This hibiscus bud caught my eye because of its interesting shape and gorgeous colors.  Then the next day, the bud bloomed into  this beautiful flower.  (This is  a SOOC shot — no editing.)

Did you know that most hibiscus flowers only last one day?  You can learn more about the hibiscus plant at Better Homes & Garden .




6 thoughts on “Bud to Bloom

  1. All very true — and some good things to consider. I was trying to convey that I didn’t use an editing program, filter or change colors in any way. But, of course it’s true that I did choose the camera settings before i took the photos. –. I like to challenge myself to take photos that look as close to what I see as possible. For me, this was one that came very close.
    I never had a chance to learn to develop photos in the darkroom; but it’s something I’d love to try someday. I love the effects that can be achieved through the different methods.
    I enjoy a good margarita, too. Strawberry margaritas are my favorite. 🙂


  2. Remember, though, that what comes SOOC is just the basics to start with. As Edgar Degas said a century ago: “Art is not what you see but what you make others see.”

    Also remember that SOOC doesn’t necessarily mean much in today’s world of digital photos because someone somewhere created the software programming that creates those digital photos. In fact, in most cases, one can decide just exactly what SOOC means in your own camera. My Canon has many settings that I can change. Under “Picture Style” on the menu, I can choose Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, and Monochrome, and then under those settings I can choose Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation, and Color Tone. Nikon is the same way. Even my little point & shoot cameras have customizable settings.

    So the question really should be, “Do I like the camera’s default settings that some software programmer created, a software programmer who might not even be a photographer?” Hmmmmmm.

    Even in the olden days, what came out of the camera via negatives was just the starting point. Once we got into the darkroom, we used dodging and burning techniques, filters on the light source (even filters on our camera lenses!), different chemicals to create different effects, different papers, etc. The great Ansel Adams took several weeks to create just one of his great pictures once he came in from the field. In today’s world, instead of working in a darkroom breathing all those chemicals, we sit at the desk and use Photoshop, Lightroom, PaintShop, GIMP, etc. The only chemicals I smell now are those wafting from my margarita glass.

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    • Thank you! These blooms are so big and colorful. I’m glad I found this great plant. — At Sam’s Warehouse – of all places.

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