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Sunflower Softness

Wild Colorado Sunflowers set the stage for something that I haven't done for a very long time, intimate floral photography....and this time I thought that I would do something a little different and give it a very retro look and feel, personally, I like to experiment with my images and processing, my train of thought for this shot was take things one step farther, not just capturing what it is I see, but also give it a sense of emotion, a sense of feeling, a sense of memory, a photograph that would evoke an emotional response.

Processed in Lightroom, and Photoshop, Focus and Bokeh provided by my Tamron 200-400mm lens, let me know what ya think!

Variations! For those of you would like to see the original and a B&W version

---John

See more on my website http://jdebordphoto.com all work copyrighted 2009 John De Bord. You may feel free to link to this shot, as I welcome the extra exposure and promotion!

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:iconringobringback:
ringobringback Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Student Photographer
Nice *-*
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ladyred200141 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
DAMN John!!!!! This blew my mind! Now I just HAVE to know how you did this!!!
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:iconbarcelodan:
BarceloDan Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010
I love the colors and the depth it has..
really soft ans smooth...
very good work.
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010  Professional Photographer
thank you very much, I appreciate that
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:iconfreespiritfotography:
FreeSpiritFotography Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Student

I love yellow! :nod:

What I love about this photo is the warmth, the tones make me want to just right into the photo and absorb the moment. It's very inviting! :)
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Professional Photographer
well I will certainly take that as a compliment any day, thank you very much
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:iconsandervandenberg:
sandervandenberg Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009   Photographer
Really cool shot, the use of focus is excellent. I like it :nod:
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009  Professional Photographer
well thanks!
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:iconjeannieblue:
Jeannieblue Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I have featured this fabulous piece of your work @ [link]
:huggle: :pumpkin:
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:iconautophocus:
autophocus Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009  Professional General Artist
Perfect focus.. .:peace:
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009  Professional Photographer
hey thanks!
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:iconnoirwhisper:
noirwhisper Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
This wonderful deviation has been featured in my journal [link] :heart:
:iconballoonsplz:
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damien-c Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
One of the most beautiful photos I've seen in a while, K-man.:+favlove:
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:iconjohnmeyer:
JohnMeyer Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009   Photographer
All i can say is i have to go find me some sunflowers to shoot!
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:iconxmagdax:
xmagdax Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
featured: [link] :heart:
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Yume-Megami Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009
ohhh~ I think this is going to be one of my favorites for a while!
I love the sharpness of the sunflower and how it is echoed by the (beautifully out of focus) sunflower in the background. Gorgeous.
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RanD0m-aRT Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009  Student General Artist
good dof :D
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:iconwhaeah:
whaeah Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
wonderful! love it! :clap:
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009  Professional Photographer
:D Thank you very much!
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:icondanand92:
danand92 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Student Digital Artist
I don't know why but i kinda feel comfort when i see this picture, great job ^_^
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:iconbekkalynn:
BekkaLynn Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely wonderful I just love it :heart:
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:iconrezzanatakol:
RezzanATAKOL Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009
Beautiful:love:
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
beautiful details! very pretty colour and nice depth of field to catch the one in the background like that too
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009  Professional Photographer
:hug:
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:iconsweetturninsour:
sweetturninsour Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009
I love it :)
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009  Professional Photographer
hey you! How the heck you doing!
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:iconsweetturninsour:
sweetturninsour Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009
Hey, I'm alright... Lots of changes lately, but still around. lol.
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:iconldfranklin:
LDFranklin Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009   Photographer
This is really lovely! It makes me think of a reflection of sorts! Wonderful capture!
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009  Professional Photographer
:) Thanks!
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:iconrichie-x-pressions:
Richie-x-pressions Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009
john this is so lovely! :love: the tones on this are lovely as well as the background and dof! :faint:
mellow yellow all the way!! :sun:
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009  Professional Photographer
lol I wonder whatever happened to that Soda, Mellow Yellow, is it still around? Coke's version of Mt Dew didn't do so well lol
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:iconrichie-x-pressions:
Richie-x-pressions Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009
that soda always reminded me of pee, lol. (probably others too! :P) what's that rhymn? if it's brown flush it down if it's yellow let it mellow?! In the movie Meet the Fockers :giggle:
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome bokeh! nice work john. :)
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009  Professional Photographer
hey thanks Wayson!
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:iconjenova-89:
Jenova-89 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
"Tamron 200-400mm lens" ..
that's amazing!
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009  Professional Photographer
:) Ya I love that damn lens!
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Gypsy- Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
This version evokes a feeling of childhood nostalgia for me.. hard to say which I like the best.. this one or the b&w.. love them both. :heart:
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:iconoden36:
Oden36 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009
Beautiful shot John. Great post work on it to. I love the soft blurry feel to the background flower and how it shows off the sharp details of the front one.
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009  Professional Photographer
well much appreciated thanks!
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:iconoden36:
Oden36 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009
Your Welcome
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:iconnow-voyager:
now-voyager Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009
They don't get much better than this John - the colors are soft and warm -- and the blurred sunflower is the background somehow seems protective of the "little" foreground flower. Someone is looking after this flower - you have told a story and not just showed us the beauty of Colorado. I'd love to see more of your close-up floral photography.
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009  Professional Photographer
:) You will be seeing more, I have been really experimenting a lot with that lens, it has been so long since I have done floral work because I am allergic to them and if I get to close I break out in hives bad. So with that lens I can take some killer stuff far away and it has been working out nicely
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now-voyager Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009
Oh my! Allergies to flowers - that sucks big time. I'm surprised you bother, but I'm glad you do. :hug: Thanks again for all your advice and help -- I'm trying to get my act together here and credit is definitely due you if I am make any progress in my marketing attempts. Your news article was particularly helpful today; I kinda thought my incredible neediness might have inspired you. Or perhaps you are just omniscient, eh? lol Take care; I hope you have plenty of kleenex and your knee is better. :heart: :lol:
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LeashaAHooker Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009   Photographer
Beautiful John! Gotta love the mellow yellows :tighthug:
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009  Professional Photographer
:D You said it!
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:iconleashaahooker:
LeashaAHooker Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009   Photographer
:smooch:
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:iconmisantropia:
Misantropia Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009
Nice depth-of-field.
Great pake and soft tones.
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:iconuae4u:
uae4u Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
btw, this is MUCH better than the original one :)
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:iconkkart:
kkart Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009  Professional Photographer
:)
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:iconuae4u:
uae4u Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
so lovely ! :clap:

i like how the faded sunflower is placed as a background :nod:
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