One of our fellow community members, Mathew Ballard, proudly pointed out that one of his photos was selected (from thousands of entries) to be included in a calendar with a great cause. The calendar is a creation from a DeviantArt member which includes photos from other members.
All of the proceeds from this calendar go directly to the World Wildlife Fund, certainly supporting a good cause. The calendar costs $19.95 plus shipping and handling. This is a great deal for all the nature lovers — you get an awesome calendar and you get to help save the world.
And congratulations to Mathew for being included in this calendar!
This was shot using all natural light (it was in the shade on a very sunny day) and the camera was handheld with a 50mm lens. This plant caught my attention as I walked the canals of Venice, California — it was along the sidewalk behind the houses. The pattern was so very strong, and the colors so deep that I couldn’t pass it up. The water droplets on the plant were just icing on the cake.
Straight out of the camera — untouched.
I did a few basic adjustments to get the white balance correct and to bring up the contrast and saturation. Nothing very extreme though.