This photo was shot along the way of our Christmas morning walk. I liked how the dried thistle balls stood out against the dark background. That background is actually a little stream (black) and the small slope on the other side of it, covered by snow and lying in shadow – hence the nice blue.

I could blur it totally by shooting with a tele lens at a pretty close distance to the thistle. Having the object that close it already is enough to have backgrund just some meters away to go totally creamy.

Photo data: Pentax K20D, 50-200 mm at 200 mm, f6.3, 1/160 second and ISO 400.

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