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Thank you all for good advice never done this before. I used dark card cloned out a stem the flower did not have a lot of colour I dont think I got the right effect.
The arrangement of the hydrangea flower is good but I don't think this is the effect you were after. The colour of the blooms looks rather unusual, and if you used a dark card, I imagine you wished the b/g tone to be a lot darker than it is.
Send me a PM telling me what processing package you are using and I shall see if I can help in any way. I'll get back to you in next day or so.
Hi Ronnie I use paint shop pro photo x2
I have just noticed that I cannot send you a private message. I am not familiar with Corel Paintshop but I imagine it will have tools similar to what I have in PS Elements.
I would try to photograph the blooms by the window, supported vertically with a dark card, possibly black, behind. Use a tripod, set the f number to fairly high to get good detail in all parts of the bloom, (or a low f number if you decide you wish only part of the subject to be sharp), zoom in and compose image and use centre weighted metering. Try a few different settings if you like, but reducing the Exp. Compensation might be the most useful.
In Paintshop, use the tool which will select the blooms only (works best with fairly sharply defined edges and in Photoshop it is called the Quick Selection Tool) and adjust brightness, contrast, colour saturation, etc. to satisfaction. Then select the equivalent of Inverse, so that any further changes will be to the background only.....for myself this usually means going into levels and enhancing the blacks.
I hope this brief resume gives a hint of what i am suggesting.
What a BEAUTIFUL Image...Jack
A lovely image, I love the understated colours.
Really like the colours. The choice of background colour really suits the colours of the flowers. Excellent composition.
Excellent photo and tones.
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