Someone needs to teach me how to read a calendar. I prepared this post before I went on vacation and thought that I had set it to appear on August 7th. I did not notice that it had not appeared until I started looking at my blog this past weekend. Sorry about not catching my mistake sooner. I am sure many of you put your lives on hold until I posted again.
The final step of almost every photo that I take is to do some dodging and burning. Here I burned (using the adjustment brush) the bokeh background and the leaves behind the flower. In addition, I blurred a few of the leaves by reducing the sharpness and clarity with an adjustment brush. The whole purpose of these adjustments is to make the flower and starburst to come forward and make the background sink further into the background.
I think that if you go back to the original photo you will see that my intended subject of the photo is definitely the subject that the viewers' eyes go to first and rest upon the most.
Camera settings: Nikon D4, 70-200mm f/2.8 at 90mm, ISO 1600, f/19 at 1/60th of a second on a tripod.
Lightroom 4—see above.