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A little ray of sunshine

A little ray of sunshine
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Copyright: David Gumprich (Refugee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3317 W: 415 N: 7009] (25554)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-08
Categories: Nature, Artwork, HPP [Heavily Post-Processed]
Camera: Olympus C-760 UZ
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Flowers and 3D Frames [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-09 0:15
Viewed: 1690
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This pair of daffodils pretty well sums up my mood the last day or so. Bright and dark, ragged around the edges even some graininess but I do see some light at the end of the tunnel.

I have returned to the family taxi service and even managed a trip to the library today, possibly overdid that one but I did take it easy. I am still not firing on all four cylinders but there are many out there far worse of than me. My thanks to all who have emailed enquiring about my health, the concern has been appreciated.

Hand held non macro zoom only

PP Work - PSP X

Adjust - Hue and Saturation - Hue/Saturation/Lightness - Hue 0, Saturation 20, Lightness -5
Adjust - Brightness and Contrast - Curves
Adjust - Brightness and Contrast - Levels
Digital camera noise removal - noise 10, blend 70
Cropped, resized and saved as a PSPIMAGE

Copied the image as a new layer which was then hidden
Selection - Rectangle - inner border - inverted
Adjust - Blur - Gaussian Blur - Radius 15.0
Effects - 3D effects - Buttonize - outer border
Inverted - 3D effects - Buttonize - inner border
Selected Raster layer and erased around the flower and the inner border
Saved as JPG image

Keep your face to the sunshine and you will never see the shadow ~ Helen Keller

manujmehta, TasmaniaC, lilimih33, cunejo200, mvdisco, harpya, viawia, dareco, shelbeesmom, tibig, Beger, MLINES, kross1, Hendrika, Royaldevon, WMcK has marked this note useful
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Hi David
Wonderful job
Great colors and clarity
Perfect presentation
Have a nice days

hello David
how are you? hope things are fine at your end.
lovely flowers
wonderful details and good sharpness
nice colours and fine presentation
good composition
Manuj mehta

  • ioana_tm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1200 W: 148 N: 2196] (13409)
  • [2008-09-09 1:40]

Hi dear friend,
interesting PP work for this one.
Thanks for sharing it with us.
Best wishes,

Nice frame and presentation David.. my favorite flower :) beautiful spring shot.. thanks.. ps: hope you get well soon..


Hello David!
Beautiful duet and lovely yellow daffodils!
Nice blurred effect on the frame!
Lovely work!
Best regards!

Hi David,
It's been a while since we had our springtime here and our daffodils are long gone...
Love this illuminating image, as if the sun is shining from my screen.

I really think it's funny how you have spring, while we have autumn and you have winter when we have summer........ somehow it's always nice on at least one side of this planet eh??


Hi David,
The serrated petals are most pronounced and attractive. Lovely sunshine stroking the well metered petals. I like the frame. Regards, Danilo

What a wonderful shot David!

I love the frame...have never worked out how to do that/YET :)

Regards Tracey

PS..Hope you are feeling better :)

Bonjour David,
Lovely yellow daffodils nicely composed and presented, great colors and light, Perfect portrait of this beautiful flowers , very sharp and clair,,
very well done.

Bewautiful macro work.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
  • [2008-09-09 7:21]

Very fine spring shot here! Love the colours, framing and PP work on the BG

Hello David

I like post like this, with frame in 3D
I think it still enriches more the work and he gives one
beautiful show!
The colors are wonderful and of very good taste.
Excellent presentation!


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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2008-09-09 10:15]

Glad to hear that things are improving, but do take it easy. This is really a great picture! The colors, lighting, framing, details....I really like everything about it. Thanks and take care!

This is so awesome David! Excellent soft focus..makes this flower GLOW! Love your notes, they are always thorough! And of course your framing is always the coolest, with flowers hanging over the edges of the border! Nice work!

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  • tibig Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 657 W: 26 N: 681] (7565)
  • [2008-09-09 11:56]

Fine macro and good, interesting framing. The beautiful spring sunshine smiles on the flowers.

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2008-09-09 12:41]

This easely can be placed in a dutch flower-bulb cataloque,good job Dave!

Hope youre fine at the moment mate!

Prywitanne David!
fantastic yellow flowers!nice macro shot!interesting framing!=)

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2008-09-09 14:01]

Hi David,
Good title!
I like the diffuse light surrounding these beautiful flowers. Great acuity on the details of petals and elegant presentation! Bravo! Annie

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  • MLINES Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1350 W: 102 N: 1081] (9125)
  • [2008-09-09 15:31]

Hi David, Excellent colour and sharpness in this spring shot of these bright flowers. The amount of visible detail is incredible. TFS. Murray.

hi david, nice point of view,colors and composition, the glow to this is really nice , adds such a punch,

David Hi:
Marvelous sunshine to start my morning, thank you so much
Wonderful to read the note and your progress
Love the colors, detail and stunning presentation of this composition
Congratulations, very nicely composed and presented

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  • clic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 728 W: 0 N: 107] (2973)
  • [2008-09-10 12:46]

Hello David
I'm happy to know that your feeling nowadays has the warmth of this pair of colourful flowers and this fine work demonstrates the return of a liking for precisely-executed presentations, manifestation of a normal drive.
Pleasing textures and well-metered exposure.
Have a g'day.

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  • dbp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 9 N: 92] (4132)
  • [2008-09-11 0:11]

hello David
a great shot with excellent pov and colours.
nice presentation . even the mosquito add something to the pic.

wish you the best.

thanks for your nice comment on
I wander how you didnt gave me a credit !!!
it is obvious that the 4th one is just an ordinary tourist
that wanted to be pictured by his friend.
do you believe I would miss enother interesting character,
if was one?
at that moment it was a great pov to catch the 3
in a very good position, and to neutralize
the one who was not belong to the main subject.
best regards

Looks pretty good to me David, so glad to hear that some of your cylinders are up and running again.
Ah daffodils, we have to endure a winter before we get to see them - a real spring flower.
A beautiful and sunny picture and wonderful framework, thanks!


Hello David,

I'm so glad that there is increasing light at the end of the tunnel; that's what you are striving for.

This is a good analogy of your frame of mind. Well captured and well noted. The details of colour and texture on the daffodils are very good. Of course, daffodils are spring flowers. Now you have the summer to look forward to!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hi David,
I love this picture. The color and detail in these daffodils are wonderful. I like the way you composed this shot. The 3D frame is outstanding. Very nice work.


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  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2008-09-11 4:08]

Hello David
Great detail and fantastic colours in a very successful composition. Great postcard, superb 3D effect. Congrats, mb

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  • lucbus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1809 W: 92 N: 1864] (10358)
  • [2008-09-13 5:27]

Hi David,

We're just starting a rainy weekend and these beautiful flowers are really bringing me some sunshine this morning. I like how I can see the textures of the petals.

Kind regards.


Hallo David,
tolle Nahaufnahme. Der Rahmen passt gut zu den Blumen . Gute Arbeit mein Freund.


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  • WMcK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 663 W: 11 N: 1718] (6837)
  • [2008-09-17 5:57]

Well my friend of many faces I can’t possible catch up on all the great images I have missed, but I do want to comment on this one. The colour and composition just jumped out at me, as I went thru your gallery. I like the softness and I love your comparative note. Framing is excellent for this image. I am pleased you’re feeling better and wish you all the best.
Warmest Regards

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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
  • [2008-09-27 3:11]

Mmm... a difficult one, David (yeah, I checked first lol). I like the excellent sharpness on the rightmost flower, but on the other hand I think the Dof is too shallow: the bug on the leftmost flower is out of focus, as is everything inside the flower. I think I'd prefer a larger DoF here, which would have been very well possible since the frame you made would hide possible sharp flowers behind these two.
That being said, the sunlight provided beautiful colour saturation, and I definitely like the orange edges on the petals. The frame works for me, but on the right hand side there's a weird spot on the intersection between flower and edge...
Anyway, TFS

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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2008-10-14 8:40]

Nice frame and presentation David.beautiful spring shot. Well done.
Get well soon.

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