with Nikon 5000 near Alfter, Bonn, Germany.
At first I was a bit annoyed that the motiv was not really centered - sometimes I wonder where my mind is while shooting fotos.
But then it occured to me suddenly that this would make a perfect background image - after all, most people have the panel at the bottom - leaving the motiv perfectly centered :o)
The image was not manipulated except for:
* selective Gaussian blur, radius 3, treshhold 10. This successfully removed the slight noise from the sky parts while not destroying the sharp edges.
* scaling from 2560x1920 to 1600x1200
* unsharp masking to combat the slight blur from the Gaussian blur and the scaling down.
* adding copyright text, and saving as progressive JPG w/ quality 95.
Unlike most images from my Nikon, this one was very sharp from the beginning, so the unsharp mask operation was very light. Also, the colors were aleady *just* right, so no further adjustments were neccessary.
I really like this image, it is clear, sharp, bright, and reminds me of sun, fresh air, summer and holiday. If you listen closely, you can hear the bees whizz past...
Even though all my software is released as free software, this is the first time that I give one of my photos completely free - a strange thought.