Poinsettia Passion

© Donna La Mattino Pagakis

Poinsettia Passion

Uploaded: August 10, 2011 20:33:20


My PG 101 Selective Focus Challenge Entry

Captured at the Flower Fields, in a greenhouse. A vibrant variety, grown by Paul Ecke Ranch, designed to bloom in spring.

Carlsbad, California
April 6, 2011

Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens
RAW / Aperture Priority / -1/3 EC / 40 mm
F 5 @ 1/160 ISO 200


Exif: F Number: 5, Exposure Bias Value: -0.33, ExposureTime: 1/160 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 200, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 40.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi


Katarina Mansson August 10, 2011

Love the pattern, comp, SF and colors. Beauty and perfection! HTD Donna! #1400151

Tiia Vissak August 11, 2011

a beautiful shot! #9596512

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic August 11, 2011

Gorgeous colors and focus, Donna. HTD!

UB. #9596590

Chris Budny level-deluxe August 11, 2011

As always, a beautiful shot--but wow, what a flower, too! I like these much better than the traditional Christmastime version. #9596693

Melinda F. Schneider level-classic August 11, 2011

Such vibrant color, pattern and beautiful focal point! A true beauty, Donna, well done!! #9596723

Joy Rector August 11, 2011

gorgeous, well done #9596741

Patti Coblentz August 11, 2011

Wonderful sf, Donna...I love the rich colors, lights, and repeating patterns of the petals! HTD! #9597032

Marcie A. Fowler August 11, 2011

Delightfully beautiful. Great colors, comp and light. #9597114

Mitch Spence level-classic August 11, 2011

Gorgeous flowers and background. Love their white edges, Donna. #9597176

Daniella Puente August 11, 2011

Great and very beautiful Donna! #9597216

Michele Peterson level-classic August 11, 2011

These are gorgeous!! And I love the angle that you shot them at, the front one standing out! Very pretty, and HTD!! #9597296

Nikki McDonald level-classic August 11, 2011

One of the prettiest poinsettia shots I have ever seen, Donna, and that's going some as these are such showy flowers! Beautifully composed and the exposure and dof are perfect. #9597336

Kathy Cline August 11, 2011

So beautiful Donna...was this when we were there? I need to go through mine. Have a blessed day. #9597472

Richard B. Hallick August 11, 2011

Beautiful use of SF. I love the 3D feeling you have created with the background. #9597988

Donna La Mattino Pagakis August 12, 2011

Thank you VERY MUCH!! You all inspire!



Michele Peterson level-classic December 14, 2011

Congratulations, Donna!! I love this! #9865555

Kim Andelkovic December 14, 2011

Donna, Congrats on your wonderful finalist :-) #9865869

Chris Budny level-deluxe December 14, 2011

Congratulations, Donna; what a beauty! #9865887

Deborah C. Lewinson level-addict December 14, 2011

Stunning finalist, Donna!

Debby #9866105

Monnie Ryan December 14, 2011

WTG, Donna - congratulations! #9866187

Phyllis H. Burchett December 14, 2011

This is so gorgeous Donna, congrats! #9866692

Leslie McLain level-classic December 14, 2011

Congrats on a beautiful finalist, Donna. #9866696

Nadia Paul December 14, 2011

So vibrant and beautiful Donna - congrats on your finalist! #9866847

Julianne Bradford December 14, 2011

Awesome finalist Donna and a beautiful seasonal capture..wtg girlfriend! Hope it gets a gold! #9867354

Debbie E. Payne December 14, 2011

These are just gorgeous, Donna. Well seen and shot! Good luck in the next round. #9867546

Stefania Barbier level-classic December 14, 2011

huge congrats on your wonderful finalist!!! #9867556

Naomi Weiser December 15, 2011

i like the pov, congrats! #9867816

Amy M. Wilson December 15, 2011

Congratulations on your beautiful Finalist, Donna!! #9868302

Donna La Mattino Pagakis December 15, 2011

Thank you for all of your congratulatory wishes and very kind comments. Happy Holidays!!

Donna #9868408

Lindley Johnson level-classic December 15, 2011

Beautiful composition, color, and details! Congratulations on your terrific finalist, Donna. #9868585

Kathy Salerni level-classic December 15, 2011

Huge congrats on this awesome Finalist and good luck in the next round, Donna! #9868618

Bojan Bencic level-classic December 15, 2011

Beautiful details. Congratulations on your finalist, Donna. #9868870

Emile Abbott level-classic December 15, 2011

Beautiful finalist Donna. #9869093

Marijana Fajgl December 15, 2011

Big congratulations on your beautiful finalist, Donna! #9869149

Bob Cournoyer level-classic December 15, 2011

Beautiful work, Donna... :-) #9869252

Marcel J. Fernandez December 15, 2011

The composition and shallow DOF are great. Congratulations, Donna. #9869337

Donna La Mattino Pagakis December 15, 2011

Thanks again to each and every one of you!!! I'm deeply honored!!




Ken Smith level-classic December 15, 2011

Gorgeous, Donna...congrats on your finalist!! #9869827

JO ANN CLEVELAND December 15, 2011

Congratulations on this outstanding finalist Dpmma!

jo ann c.

Stan Kwasniowski December 15, 2011

Hi Donna, beautiful, congrat #9870093

Mary Dimitriw level-deluxe December 15, 2011

Wow Donna!! Gorgeous Finalist...just lovely! Congrats. #9870158

Erica Murphy level-classic December 15, 2011

Congratulations on your beautiful finalist Donna!! #9870173

Errick L. Cameron level-deluxe December 15, 2011

Well done! Congratulations! #9870300

ALLEN O. HOWARD December 15, 2011

Beautiful! Congratulations Donna! #9870382

Renee Doyle December 16, 2011

Stunning Donna!! Congratulations! #9870489

VISHVAJIT JUIKAR level-deluxe December 16, 2011

Congrats on this beautiful finalist #9871199

Stefania Barbier level-classic December 16, 2011

beautiful winner, congratulations!!! #9871789

Monnie Ryan December 16, 2011

Congratulations on a well-deserved win, Donna! #9871857

Janet McNeil level-classic December 16, 2011

Congratulations on this beautiful win! #9871954

Kim Andelkovic December 16, 2011

Fantastic Win, Congratulations ;-) #9871959

Jessica Jenney December 16, 2011

Congratulations, Donna on your beautiful winner! #9871991

Terry Cervi level-deluxe December 16, 2011

How beautiful, Donna! Congrats on your win! #9872007

Carolyn McIntosh December 16, 2011

Congratulations Donna . . what a gorgeous photo. #9872064

Daniella Puente December 16, 2011

Congrats Donna! #9872190

Deborah C. Lewinson level-addict December 16, 2011

Huge congrats on your win, Donna! #9872235

Michele Peterson level-classic December 16, 2011

Congratulations again Donna, on your 2nd place win!!! #9872273

Claudia Kuhn level-classic December 16, 2011

Beautiful, congratulations Donna! #9872279

Clyde Smith level-deluxe December 16, 2011

Congratulations on a beautiful winner Donna! #9872328

Marcel J. Fernandez December 16, 2011

Donna, A big congratulations to you on your beautiful Winner. #9872345

Chris Budny level-deluxe December 16, 2011

If it is possible for this image to look any better, I guess the bling of some gold does the trick ;) Congratulations! #9872356

Bob Cournoyer level-classic December 16, 2011

What Chris said... :-) #9872363

Ken Smith level-classic December 16, 2011

Way to go, Donna. Outstanding and congrats to you!! #9872461

Carol Eade level-addict December 16, 2011

This is beautiful, Donna, congratulations! #9872530

Patti Coblentz December 16, 2011

Congratulations on your winner, Donna...stunning!! #9872538

Phyllis H. Burchett December 16, 2011

Absolutely gorgeous, stunning and fabulous Donna, big congrats!!! #9872706

Amy M. Wilson December 16, 2011

Congrats on your excellent Gold Winner, Donna!! #9872752

Leslie McLain level-classic December 16, 2011

Congrats on a stunning winner, Donna. #9872926

Renee Doyle December 16, 2011

Very well deserved!! Congratulations Donna!! #9872943

Rona L. Schwarz December 16, 2011

WOW! This is one of the most gorgeous poinsettia images I think I've ever seen, Donna! It positively glows! Marvelous color, clarity, and amazing Selective Focus and DOF. And I love the white edges! SUPER CONGRATULATIONS ON THIS OUTSTANDING GOLD WINNER! #9872953

Julianne Bradford December 16, 2011

Congratulations girlfriend! WTG Gold! #9873009

Mary Dimitriw level-deluxe December 16, 2011

Congratulations on this stunning Winner Donna! #9873051

Nadia Paul December 16, 2011

Congrats on your beautiful winner Donna! #9873114

Melinda F. Schneider level-classic December 17, 2011

Congratulations, Donna! A true beauty!! #9873360

Michelle Alton December 17, 2011

Magnificent winner, Donna. Congratulations! #9873402

Bojan Bencic level-classic December 17, 2011

Great one, Donna. Congratulations on your win! #9873481

Kathy Cline December 17, 2011

Incredible and I cant wait to go back Donna.

glitter-graphics.com #9873704

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic December 17, 2011

Happy to see this bring Gold, Donna. Huge CONGRATZ!!!

UB. #9873970

Carla Capra Anderson December 17, 2011

Congratulations #9874033

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna December 17, 2011

WTG on this wonderful winner, Donna! :-) k #9874156

Lindley Johnson level-classic December 17, 2011

Congratulations on your beautiful winner, Donna! #9874386

Marijana Fajgl December 17, 2011

Big congratulations on your fantastic winner, Donna! #9874431

Emile Abbott level-classic December 18, 2011

Congratulations on this beautiful gold winner, Donna. #9875982

Patrick Rouzes level-classic December 18, 2011

Congratulations on this incredible Winner, Donna! WTG, my friend! #9876380

Cindy Bendush level-classic December 18, 2011

Huge congratulations on your extraordinary winner Donna! #9876790

Katarina Mansson December 20, 2011

Perfection and beauty combined in this seasonal image. Loved it from the moment I saw it! Congratulations Donna! #9878700

Melinda B. Shiflet December 23, 2011

This is an absolutley gorgeous captuure, Donna!! HUGE Congrats on your winner!! Very well deserved!! Merry Christmas, my friend! Hope you all have a fabulous holiday! #9883368

Merna L. Nobile December 23, 2011

What could be more important in life than to know in our hearts that in everything we have tried to do, we have done our very best?
Congratulations for your magnificent contribution for the month of November, 2011.
Merna Nobile #9884367

Stan Kwasniowski December 24, 2011

Donna, beutiful

Merry Christmas #9885288

Laura Greene January 14, 2012

Congratulations, Donna! #9920489

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