Illuminations

I confess I'm a little bit in love with this photo. I've spent years trying to take a pic that does our magnolia tree justice but the flowers and sky always end up being washed out. The tree is it's past its best really (as seen in yesterday's shot) and although I was watching individual blooms glow prettily in the evening light last night I was pinned down by poorly Monty (he really needs to get better soon before he starts believing he's a lap dog) so I missed the moment. However, inspired by all the lovely shots I've been admiring on 365, I got my camera out for one last try and realised that on next door's side of the fence the flowers were still getting the sun - so this is taken paparazzi style standing on a bench, with a zoom lens to get the DOF, while the superstars shone in the limelight.
Beautiful Judith, love the sunlight, the petals look so delicate. Fav'd
posted April 10th, 2011  
Well worth all the effort this is really beautiful, I love the background focus and the lighting. Do hope Monty is going to be ok asp
posted April 10th, 2011  
Amazing, beautiful
posted April 10th, 2011  
This photo is sheer perfection, Judith. The lighting is simply magical and the dof is marvelous! The soft pink color is so gorgeous. I love everything about this shot. Well done, tulip magnolia paparazzi!
Will try to find out something about Monty and his condition as I look back in your album of earlier postings. Do hope it's nothing terribly serious...
posted April 10th, 2011  
wow, faved! I found the magnolias really tricky to photograph, this is lovely. And poor Monty, hope he starts getting better soon.
posted April 10th, 2011  
@samdan @snowy @vvpe @peggysirk @ottery09 Huge thanks for the comments and fav's - made my Sunday morning!! And Monty seems much better this morning bless him!
posted April 10th, 2011  
Gorgeous - the light through the petals is entrancing.
posted April 10th, 2011  
this is quite beautiful
posted April 10th, 2011  
Beautiful!
posted April 10th, 2011  
That backlighting is just perfect to capture the delicate pinks. Job well done. Gentle hugs to Monty.
posted April 10th, 2011  
Fantastic photo. I love it when I fall in love with one of my pictures. For days I will go back to it and just be really proud of a moment well captured.
posted April 10th, 2011  
Your 'last try' was most definitely the shot of perfection!!! You've captured the delicacy & color of the petals superbly! One of the best flower pics I have ever seen....well worth the wait!!!!!!
posted April 10th, 2011  
So glad to hear Monty is feeling better ;)
posted April 10th, 2011  
Quite beautiful
posted April 10th, 2011  
What a glorious photo!!! I love the sunlight through the translucent petals and leaves, the black background, the depth of field... This is absolutely stunning, and a fav for me!!!
posted April 10th, 2011  
Gorgeous lighting - beautiful pic - I can almost smell the fragrance!
posted April 10th, 2011  
Nice 100 day celebrartion Judith
posted April 10th, 2011  
@islawight @clairelizteuber @bugik @bpaquette @jendee3 @janellemc @melissachi @jonna @thebluegnu @spthorne Sorry for a group response but your comments and favs have been so lovely I really wanted to say thanks very much and I'm ready for 101 now!!
posted April 10th, 2011  
Judith, I can see why you fell in love with this pic, the lighting is superb and the narrative to accompany the picture makes the shot even better. Glad to hear that Monty is recovering well :)
posted April 10th, 2011  
GORGEOUS GORGEOUS GORGEOUS! love the soft colours and amazing lighting in this - great job Judith!!
posted April 10th, 2011  
That is so beautiful! Lovely picture.
posted April 10th, 2011  
B
The things we do for the perfect shot. I must admit..this is lovely with a capital L. We had the same inspiration today. :)
posted April 10th, 2011  
Absolutely gorgeous, Judith!! A Fav!! Wonderful for your 100th!!
posted April 10th, 2011  
so beautiful! Great bokeh
posted April 11th, 2011  
Wonderful focus and bokeh! Fav!
posted April 11th, 2011  
beautiful
posted April 11th, 2011  
I have fallen in love too! It is a lovely shot. Isn't the light shining through the petal perfect! I am happy for you.
posted April 11th, 2011  
I confess I am a little bit in love with it too. Beautiful color, light, focus, everything!
posted April 11th, 2011  
Amazing shot... this is just perfect!
posted April 11th, 2011  
Jen
Gorgeous!!
posted April 11th, 2011  
Magnificent capture! All the best for Monty.
posted April 11th, 2011  
Exquisite shot of those Magnolia blooms...love the light.
posted April 11th, 2011  
Beautiful shot especially if you had to balance to get it. Hope Monty feels better soon for both of your sake
posted April 11th, 2011  
Absolutely beautiful version of magnolia.
posted April 11th, 2011  
Absolutely beautiful!!!
posted April 11th, 2011  
Oh, I hadn't seen this, yet. What a beautiful, beautiful shot. The light, the focus, the composition - everything is just spot on! I'm very excited to see what you'll choose for today after our lovely walk ;).
posted April 11th, 2011  
Really lovely, how do you get your name on the pic?
posted April 11th, 2011  
Oh I love this too. One of the best shots I've seen.
posted April 11th, 2011  
Wow, I missed this one as I was not much behind the computer this week-end, I love it! The light is gorgeous, the background beautiful, nice DOF! Great capture of magnolia beauty!
posted April 11th, 2011  
This is absolutely beautiful!
posted April 11th, 2011  
Amazing capture, the light is so beautiful!
posted April 11th, 2011  
This is beautiful ! Pretty amazing image :) x
posted April 11th, 2011  
Gorgeous!
posted April 12th, 2011  
Beautiful picture!
posted April 12th, 2011  
seen this on the popular page and caught my attention! what a lovely photo!
posted April 12th, 2011  
So beautiful!!
posted April 12th, 2011  
Fantastically beautiful!!! a fav!
posted April 12th, 2011  
It's a fav... thought I had already made it one!
posted April 12th, 2011  
well done on a top 20 spot - really well deserved - this is a fabulous shot.
posted April 16th, 2011  
@sparkle Thanks Juliette - it's an honour being there with great pics - right place, right time with this one - I don't really know what I'm doing!!
posted April 16th, 2011  
@judithg well, i had a feeling this would do well when I first saw it - it's just beautiful (and I'm not normally one to go goo-ey over flower shots!!) you should be proud !!
posted April 16th, 2011  
This is awesome and I was thrilled to see that i was in the Top 20. So cool and so well deserved. Nice job.
posted April 17th, 2011  
ooh yes, this really is beautiful and definitely worthy of Number 7!
posted April 17th, 2011  
That's a lovely photo! I love these flowers. The composition is lovely, as is the light and the colours. Beautiful.
posted April 18th, 2011  
Well done Judith for hitting the no7 spot in the top 20 chart!!
posted April 18th, 2011  
I love magnolias and these are magnificent!
posted April 26th, 2011  
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