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Old Apr 8, 2010, 11:01 PM   #1
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I was mainly concerned with whether or not I made a wise decision in using the curves tool in photoshop to carefully take out the background while making the shiny waxy-look of the beautiful bloom pop.

lemme know what I could change and possibly what species it is

thanks for checking it out, been a long time since ive been around here (used to be all black and red theme?)

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Old Apr 9, 2010, 6:00 AM   #2
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It definitely pops out and the colors look really good as well. I think it would help if it was oriented in portrait vs landscape to eliminate all the space on the sides. The bottom is a little a soft as well. What was the background? Could you post the original to show how you changed it? Originally I assumed you had in a black box or something, is that wrong?
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Old Apr 9, 2010, 7:21 AM   #3
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Some people seem to have a question about black backgrounds as it was also asked with Eddies flower shots. Use anything dark or black such as cloth or bristol board as a background. Then illuminate the subject properly with little light falling on the background. The trick is to get a good exposure of the subject so the dark background will remain dark. In this case the light was from overhead shining down. The OP also said he used curves in Photoshop to separate the flower and make it 'pop'. My only criticism on your shot is the focus. Since its a tripod shot you might have gone for longer exposure, with the fstop closed down thus increasing your depth of field.
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I Like the way the red really pops on this one, I do agree with Bynx that the DOF could be a little better to keep the bottom in focus.
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Wow - almost needed some sunglasses for this one. The reds really do pop against the black background....
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it's not a tripod shot, and the original just had too much noise in the background.

it was fun to edit though.
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Old Apr 9, 2010, 4:19 PM   #7
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i really like the way the red pops against the black background, and you did a good job on the edit.

as has been mentioned a little more dof (using a tripod) would help. but i think you succeeded in your pp goals here.
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how many people here are from STL? we could almost have a contest or something, just unleash everyone on the botanical gardens.
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