If not for that bit of lens flare in the lower right, this could quite easily be a painting, or even a pastel sketch… Granted, this isn’t straight out of the camera, but it’s not very heavily processed either:

Aperture’s built-in RAW conversion
Exposure +.44
Black Point +2.43
Brightness +.06
Contrast +.12
Definition +.57
Saturation +.04
Vibrancy +.28
and some rather minor adjustments to levels.

So nothing crazy, no outside image editors, no plugins, nothing. Just pure, unadulterated digital macro photography. But peep the delicate handling of the colors, the soft feathering of edges, the texture that seems to lie under everything.

Fun stuff.

And speaking of fun, two things: 1) I’m reading Dune (thanks to 365.126) and thoroughly enjoying both it and the act of just simply sitting and reading fiction, something I haven’t done in quite some time. I’m afraid I’ve lost some patience and focus, what with all the internet usage I’ve been into for the past years, and I hope some simple reading will help me regain some of that. And 2) Yesterday, I mentioned fantasizing about creating book covers or something. Late last night, I had a though: why not illustrate an entire book? I haven’t started yet, but I think that this idea might form the basis for a long-term photographic project.

Good times.

D7000. Nikon 36-72mm f/3.5, reversed. ISO100, 1/4 sec., f/3.5, -1EV. (further adjustments noted above).

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