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sunset drops | by Steve took it
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sunset drops

The clouds broke at just the right time and the sun peeked through with that great red evening light. It perfectly illuminating the "Summer Sky Coneflower" that you can see in the background bokeh and refracted in the waterdrops. The flower just glowed, but the refractions in the drops looked pretty mediocre because I was aiming the camera towards my house and the brick did not provide a very good contrast color. I had a 6X8 piece of lightweight insulation that I was using to try to stop the breeze (man I hate wind when taking these!) It was blue on one side, so I placed it behind the flowers and ended up with a beautiful color contrast for the background and inside the drops. Even better, the evening light filtering through the trees lit up the insulation unevenly, and the result almost looks like clouds inside the water drops. So the water drops are real, the refractions in the drops are real, the great color of the flower petals in the sun set is real, and nothing is photoshopped - including that great blue background - but it is not sky. It's $2.39 worth of insulation from Home Depot. But don't tell anyone.

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Taken on June 20, 2007