Originally published by me at Barking Dog Studio » Inside the Photo (see it there)

Inside the Photo


Wow, another in explore achievement for a photo I might have not picked myself. I thought this was happening when my phone starting pinging with a bunch of flickr likes from names I do not recognize.

It makes me giddy, so I had to write the post now. Flickr does not tell you when they pick your photo to be featured on the big marquee of Explore. Just scan a few of those photos. They are jaw dropping.

I find out because of the group that someone manages that files in it photos that have been Explored. There I can screenshot my proof

I'm Explored! Or my apple is.

I’m Explored! Or my apple is.

So about this photo. This is an apple tree in my yard. I’m excited because this year it has a fair number of apples on it; last year it had none (that is typical here where late Spring conditions vary from optimal to not).

I’ve not been taking a lot of photos this week, and all of them have been around my yard. I went out in the afternoon after a mid-day rain, looking for some shots of water drops. I took a few looking up at a pair of apples with water drops on them, these were the first ones I looked at

This apple was a little above by eyes, do I could shoot it straight on.

Like many of my shots its pretty shallow depth of field (f/2.8); if I was thinking I might have gone a bit higher (smaller aperture) to lock in a bit more focus (like the branch behind).

I find apples are touch to autofocus on because there is little surface texture, the details of the drops may have helped. As usual, I cropped this one a bit, probably cutting out another apple to the right. I likely did a bit of sharpening in Aperture, and might have brush sharpened the drops to give them a bit more punch.

I do like the detail on the two drops that are transparent.

Again, I did not even make this my photo for the day. I still like this one better of the intersecting pads of a prickly pair cactus

But that’s how Explore goes. It’s not what you think.

So far when this happens, the views goes above 10,000 on a photo. That’s some effect flickr can have on a single photographer.

That’s my third this year! Woohoo.

Barking Dog Studio » Inside the Photo is the part of my photo gallery site where, on selected photos I write about what went into creating the image, sort of like a DVD extra.

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