Super Bloom Monet

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A desert super bloom is a thing of unspeakable cacophonous beauty. A week or two before this, it was drab and grey. In another week or two after this it will be drab and grey. But this…we were blown away. The desert floor was a carpet of color all merging and flowing together. I called it Spring Monet as my vision of it as a photograph was to offer that feeling of impressionism.

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I really didn’t want to have the details sharp (hence: Monet)(except for the naked branch coming in from the left), but not sure how I feel about the flowers in the foreground being blurry as they are.

Technical Details

ISO 400
82 mm
f/ 8.0
1/60 sec
I used a fair amount of gaussian blur to enhance the Monet effect, but masked out the silvery naked branch coming in from the left

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I love this one Connie. The explosion of colors all over the canvas indeed makes this look and feel like a Monet painting. I think the slightly blurred flowers in the front combined with the pink stems and sand actually add to that impression. It feels like there are a dozen different types of flowers in this image.

Indeed there are! It was crazy. Thank you Ed.

Connie, you’ve captured the “Monet” sense beautifully here, with a gorgeous collection of colors scattered well throughout the frame. That dead shrub in a good touch for a visual change-of-pace. I can see why you question the foreground flowers as they are softer, especially the lighter blue ones. Something I would try is to slightly desaturate and darken just the clump of blues, left of center at the bottom. That should reduce their visual impact.

AH! Just the idea I was looking for Mark. Thanks so much - I will give it a go. -Connie

Gorgeous image Connie and seriously Monetesqe. Fun to explore all the little parts of this scene. Aside from what others have said, I like that you included a bit of horizon and hill in your BG, which adds to the sense of place.

Thanks Jim. I appreciate your time and thoughts