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Happy Valentine's Day

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 14 February 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

On a rainy Saturday, I decided to do some macro shots of lilies in Ellie's anniversary flowers. This one seemed appropriate for Valentine's Day. Others will be posted later in the month. I used Live View for all of the shots. It is a major asset for macro work. In the first three shots, I added grain in LR3 Beta. I am finding that I pretty much have abandoned LR2 for LR3. If you are not using Lightroom and have any interest in it, you should be trying out LR3 Beta; it's free for another couple of months.

NIKON D300 1/10 second F/7.1 ISO 400 157 mm (35mm equiv.)

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

An inspired Valentine's image.....we all see RED today in various shades!

14 Feb 2010 5:13am

Macrobaby from Vancouver, Canada

Wow...excellent processing & a beautiful shot for the day. I will take your advice and try out lightroom 3.

14 Feb 2010 5:22am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Fantastic macro and gret details, Happy VD for you too.

14 Feb 2010 5:28am

PATRICK from miramas, France

just 5 stars!!!!!!
have a good sunday

14 Feb 2010 6:11am

Mirza Ahmad from Amsterdam, Netherlands

Nice, on another note, I am a LR2 user, have you noticed a huge difference in LR3? I develop raw files in DxO so the raw engine updates are not so important for me.

14 Feb 2010 6:37am

@Mirza Ahmad: Not a huge difference, but a noticeable difference. The Import function is way better. The Develop Module creates better colors; plus the Sharpening, the Noise Reduction and the Vignetting are better. You can add subtle (or not so subtle) Grain in LR3. The composites that you can create in the Print Module is a big leap forward. Since it is free right now, I would recommend trying it out.

LESLIE from norwich, United Kingdom

Fabulous macro shot Jack..

14 Feb 2010 6:41am

SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of Mother Nature, United Kingdom

Utterly beautiful photography, Jack. A gorgeous shot

14 Feb 2010 6:59am

lydia from Paris, France

Happy one to you Jack !

14 Feb 2010 7:31am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Very appropriate for Valentines Day. The processing is fabulous.

14 Feb 2010 7:46am

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

u too Jack. Lovely strong colors u got there

14 Feb 2010 7:47am

k@ from Paris, France

Very nice pp & red poem ~ 

14 Feb 2010 7:50am

Laur from Clermont-Ferrand, France

Belle macro colorée !

14 Feb 2010 8:23am

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

The color is aflame...beautiful handling and framing. Perfect for Valentine's Day. <3

14 Feb 2010 8:31am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Live View might be good for macro. I will try next time. Why did you add grain ? Even no grain, it would be beautiful enough...

14 Feb 2010 8:33am

@Hiro: I just like a touch of grain for its effect.

tataray from St Laurs, France

Nous avons eu la même idée !!!... Il me semble.
Mais pas vu sous le même angle. Bon dimanche.

14 Feb 2010 8:39am

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Very appropiate for today and a beautiful view in the ♡!
Great processing:-)

14 Feb 2010 9:44am

MrsAmber from West Wickham, United Kingdom

Lovely colours..a great close up! Happy Valentine's Day to you too!

14 Feb 2010 9:44am

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

The stamina of lilium in all its splendor! Thank you very much friend Jack!
A picture perfect and well presented as is a habit in you! Happy day also for you and your wife! Many kisses! Adela

14 Feb 2010 9:45am

Lyl and Roll from Besançon, France

Thank you Jack.... Happy Valentine's day to you too !

14 Feb 2010 10:01am

Mhélène from Paris, France

Very beautiful and lovely framing !

14 Feb 2010 10:11am

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

lovely insight ;) sweet shallow focus and colours!

14 Feb 2010 10:13am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

WOW!! This is exquisite. I love. I have never use LR before.
Happy Valentine's Day to you too! (I see we had the same "idea" today) ;-)

14 Feb 2010 10:29am

Florence from Paris, France

Happy Valentine for both of you ! :-))
Great macro, I love the rendering on textures. LOVEly presentation.

14 Feb 2010 11:20am

Jaap from Friesland, Netherlands

Nice macro, great colors.

14 Feb 2010 11:38am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(old West Wales boy), Germany

Good macro,nice colours !!

14 Feb 2010 11:58am

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Nicely done. Great for the day. Happy Valentine's to you.

14 Feb 2010 12:00pm

STEED from Gueret, France

With Passioned Colours..........Nice,Jack !!!! Nice ...

14 Feb 2010 12:43pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Beautiful processing on this closeup :)) Have a lovely Valentine's Day , Jack :)

14 Feb 2010 3:00pm

Toni from Eastern Washington, United States

It's lovely, Jack! I hope you and your valentine have a wonderful day!

14 Feb 2010 3:20pm

Xerophytes from London, United Kingdom

Happy Valentines Day to you!

Great macro shot!

14 Feb 2010 3:42pm

Don from spokane, United States

An amazing close up for its detail and beautiful color. They don't get any better than this.

14 Feb 2010 3:42pm

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

this is completely sensational . . . brilliant work!

14 Feb 2010 3:48pm

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

How pretty, so original, love the presentation Jack ;)

14 Feb 2010 3:59pm

J.B from madrid, Spain

beautiful macro and nice colours. lovely jack!
happy valentine´s day!

14 Feb 2010 4:30pm

missparis from PARIS, France

Bonne St. Valentin

14 Feb 2010 5:05pm

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

Beautifully done Jack! Happy Valentine's Day!!

14 Feb 2010 5:16pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is definitely a fine shot.

14 Feb 2010 5:39pm

kerfendal from Paris, France

really good idea for Valentine's day, nice flower macro

14 Feb 2010 5:46pm

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Granby, Canada

And Happy Valentine's day to you!

14 Feb 2010 6:08pm

Marie from FRESNES, France

magnifique !

14 Feb 2010 6:46pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

yopu too, Jack
nice photo

14 Feb 2010 6:49pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal


14 Feb 2010 6:51pm

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Happy Valentine's Day to you and Ellie!

14 Feb 2010 7:10pm

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland


14 Feb 2010 7:38pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A very lovely image. The red is great.

14 Feb 2010 8:04pm

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

deep jump into the red heart ! superb macro !

14 Feb 2010 8:36pm

Manola from Bassens, France

very beautiful!!!!! ;-))))

14 Feb 2010 9:00pm

Celeb from Madrid, Spain


14 Feb 2010 9:11pm

Gary from Cochise County, United States

Beautiful work on this. Perfect for today.

14 Feb 2010 9:21pm

@Gary: Thanks. I moved it from where it was originally going to go because of today.

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

a nice hearth of flower for this valentine's day ,jack !
friendships !

14 Feb 2010 10:04pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Simply beautiful!

14 Feb 2010 10:44pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Nice capture. Happy Valentine's Day!

14 Feb 2010 10:56pm

hgmartins photography from Ontario, GTA, Canada

Nice macro! funny i never cared much for LR but on the other hand love Elements, but I guess that's what makes each of us unique :)

15 Feb 2010 12:56am

Lori Heizer from Rochester, United States

gorgeous. great for ♥ day!

15 Feb 2010 1:05am

Ajay from Pune, India

Love that granular effect in this close up.

15 Feb 2010 1:36am

LauraS from Chico, United States

Incredible capture and share, Jack. Wonderful artwork for V-Day.

15 Feb 2010 2:06am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Happy Valentine's Day to you too! :) gorgeous!

15 Feb 2010 6:58am

dan from Paris, France

It's beautiful, Jack

15 Feb 2010 8:09pm

Diane Schuller from Hythe, Canada

a beautiful macro Jack. I got the invitation to try out the LR3 beta but I'm waiting until all the glitches are smoothed out and then I'll buy the upgrade to LR3. So great to hear you're enjoying it. Btw, thanks to your recommendation ages ago, I did purchase the Nik Software.

15 Feb 2010 11:01pm

@Diane Schuller: Thanks, Diane. Thus far, I have had no glitches with the Beta version.

amy from Nanaimo, BC, Canada


Love your frames.. ;-)

16 Feb 2010 2:41am

larans from Lund, Sweden

Beautiful macro and good framing. A real Valentine card!

16 Feb 2010 6:15am

Stéphane Thémèze from PlateFormeRonde, United States

These shots are really sweet. I have yet to be patient enough for them to become a subject for me. I might not be ready yet.
Beautiful treatment and presentation!

Good day to you Jack.

16 Feb 2010 5:19pm

bekkah from Pennsylvania, United States

Wonderful shot! I hope you had a good one :)

16 Feb 2010 7:52pm

@bekkah: Wonderful day!

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Turned out great....lovely....

25 Feb 2010 5:52pm