Maybe the awful dull and wet weather of the last week had an upside. Today, with the first sunshine for what seems a long time, the first flowers of Spring around here opened. The freshness of colour they reveal is always a very pleasent surprise. Shooting conditions (gusty breeze) meant that a really sharp shot with a deep DoF would have required both a narrow aperture and a high shutter speed. That in turn would have required greatly boosting the ISO. As I mainly wanted to capture the purity and vibrance of the colour above all else I decided not to go that route - hence the shallow DoF and slightly suffused, painterly look of this image.
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