>Day 050 – 02192011

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Most of the fruit trees in the rose family (such as almonds, peaches, and cherries) have already begun to blossom around these parts.

This morning, taking advantage of the break in the foul weather we’ve been having, we ventured outside and paid a short visit to the Burbank Gardens. There, I captured this beautiful nectarine blossom covered in fresh raindrops.

Something I learned today: contrary to popular belief, the nectarine is NOT a crossover between a peach and a plum. Nectarines have the exact same genome as peaches (Prunus persica) however, it is the presence of a recessive gene that creates the lack of fuzz in nectarines.

I used NIK Viveza 2 to enhance the center of the main flower. Everything else (sharpening, contrast, white balance) was handled inside Adobe Camera Raw.

Technical data: f/4.0 at 1/125th sec, ISO 100.

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Day 009 – 01092011

Another cold and foggy morning in Northern California, and another beautiful day to visit the local county park.

I wanted to capture the pale sun with the young oak tree and the creek in the foreground when I saw the jogger approaching the spot. I waited until the jogger was just in the right spot to take this shot.

I gave this image a slight cyanotype treatment using Silver Efex Pro from the folks at Nik Software.

The manual settings in my camera were: aperture f/11.0, exposure 1/250th sec, ISO 100.