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My, what a different feel those same magnolia blossoms have in morning light!

"Morning Magnolias" (Magnolia x soulangeana aka Japanese Magnolia) Nikon D300, 200mm, F/5.6, 1/250s, +0.7EV, ISO 640, Selective Sepia Toning

“Morning Magnolias” (Magnolia x soulangeana aka Japanese Magnolia) Nikon D300, 200mm, F/5.6, 1/250s, +0.7EV, ISO 640, Selective Sepia Toning

Since the background was naturally leaning towards sepia, I opted to enhance those tones while allowing the blossoms to retain their lovely pinkish coloring.  

Works for me! 🙂

Man, today was one of those days! The kind that, right from the get go, you just want to get over with and it seems to drag on forever.  

One thing that helps me wind down from a day like this is a nice walk around the neighborhood, camera in hand. I simply tried to enjoy the fresh air and the sounds of the early evening, all the while focussing my lens on those plants I don’t grow in my landscape. 

Alexandrina

“Alexandrina” (Magnolia x soulangeana aka Japanese Magnolia) Nikon D300, 170mm, F/5.6, 1/125s, -10.0EV, ISO 640, Color Efex Pro ‘Glamour Glow’ Filter

Remembering there was a large Japanese Magnolia tree just around the corner from my house, I headed in that direction and sure enough, found it to be in full glorious bloom! With the light fading I worked quickly, the heavenly perfume of the blossoms wafting all around me and ultimately, lending inspiration to the overall feeling of the photograph. It really is a stunning tree! 

Now, the walk was great but who am I kidding? The only proper way to end this kind of day involves two scoops of Oreo Cookies & Cream… 🙂

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