Portrait in Hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata)


On one of my walks a few weeks ago I saw this very large, magnificent hydrangea in bloom and I've been dreaming of doing this portrait since then. This was taken on Wednesday evening as the sun was setting. Thanks to the neighbors who let me borrow their lawn for a few minutes! :)

It seems funny to see spring-like colors in November but I suppose that's not surprising this year. It's been one of the warmest autumns I can remember.

Post-processing: Shot with the Canon EOS 5D and the Canon 85mm f/1.2L lens at f/4.5, 1/60s, ISO 400. Curves adjustments and color balancing.

Thank you for visiting Durham Township!



I didn't know Hydrangea was a lip gloss color. Fall will soon be claiming even these reminders of seasons past. Nicely framed.

Posted by JPH on November 8, 2007 6:34 AM

Your compositional ideas Rock. Were she waving, I'd have taken this as a Rose Parade flashback....she's on a float, your on a roll. Beautiful.

Gee Kathleen, thanks for the flowers.

Posted by David Tinnon on November 8, 2007 11:28 AM

Beautiful composition, Kathleen. DT is right, the hydrangea is the color of lip gloss. In fact, the tint of some of the petals is very close to that of your subject's lips. She's got big, beautiful brown eyes, too.

Posted by Russ on November 8, 2007 11:39 AM

How do you not smile at this shot?

Posted by Uncle Josh on November 8, 2007 1:11 PM

She looks like she's weighed down with the goods on her way to the flower market. I very interesting perspective.

Posted by RD on November 8, 2007 9:06 PM

Lovely work. Thanks for the free Pennsylvania magazine btw and congratulations on your work being published there. Very exciting.

Posted by Tom K. on November 9, 2007 12:01 AM

Super photo. Hope she has a copy for keep for the future. Just lovely.

Posted by Noreen on November 10, 2007 5:23 PM

nicely done :-)

Posted by crash on November 11, 2007 10:28 PM

Very nice!

Posted by Evi on November 12, 2007 3:31 PM

What a beautiful shot of a beautiful girl and look how artfully she wears her flowery headpiece! But does she have a name? Well of course she does! She's Carmen Hydrangea!

Posted by Willow on November 13, 2007 12:04 AM

Do you use any noise reduction? -

Posted by DJC on November 14, 2007 8:19 PM

DJC: No noise reduction. I've found it unnecessary with the Canon 5D, even at ISO 1600 and 3200. The only noise I've seen is in the shadows at ISO 3200 and even then, not consistently.

Posted by Kathleen on November 14, 2007 8:28 PM
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