It's autumn in Australia. This photo was taken in the Rhododendron Gardens in the Dandenong Ranges near Melbourne. There are no rhododendrons in this view (although some varieties were in flower), but a Japanese maple made a good subject for a photo. Tree ferns are common in the gardens; they grow naturally in the area. The weather was cloudy and dull, but this makes the maple stand out strongly.
I manipulated this photo in Photoshop. I enlarged it to a really big size, then applied the poster edges filter which enhances edges, then I reduced the photo back to this size. It gives a slightly unreal effect, but brings out more detail in the foliage than was in the untreated photo.
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Sonata11 (33298) 2011-04-30 8:07
Fantastic shot of nature and great view. Super management of light and beautiful natural colors on this image. Great excecuted picture and wonderful quality.I like it a very much so . Excellent work!!!
All the best and enjoy your weekend,
mozzy27 (2) 2011-05-03 3:01
These gardens are certainly spectacular at this time of year and even better when the Rhodies are in full flower. This little maple is beautiful with it's brilliant foliage colours against the greenery of the BG shrubs. Nice