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I am trying to teach my self how to soften and blur backgrounds.I thought I would practice on this bee,I have not got a clue how to do itSad but will keep trying until I get it right.I would be thankful for any advice.Thank you all for your comments on my last upload..Lin

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Username:sweetpea62 sweetpea62
Uploaded:24 Jul 2012 - 1:19 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Flowers & plants, General, Wildlife / nature
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fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2012 - 1:24 PM

Very attractive macro shot with pin sharp detail.

Albert

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paskinmj
paskinmj  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2012 - 1:27 PM

Beautiful macro.
Matt

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Fefe
Fefe e2 Member 2Fefe vcard United Kingdom28 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2012 - 1:31 PM

This is beautiful!


All I can say about bg's is if you remove noise from the main colour in the bg this helps smooth it, other than that my bg's will be as they are, and if you selective sharpen so you do not sharpen the bg too. But you proberbly know this already...................... I am not that tecnical with bg'sSadGrinGrin
Diane

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Badgerfred
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24 Jul 2012 - 1:39 PM

Background looks fine to me Lin, nice macro,
Fred.

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morpheus1955
morpheus1955 e2 Member 7morpheus1955 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2012 - 1:40 PM

Super macro shot Lin, excellent detail and great colours, very well done

Hugh

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Rock
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24 Jul 2012 - 1:43 PM

Grand shot indeed.

Rock

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2012 - 2:00 PM

Nicely done, Lin Smile Carol

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
24 Jul 2012 - 2:30 PM

Very nicely done good detail like it, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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Growmore
Growmore e2 Member 5Growmore vcard England3 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2012 - 2:30 PM

This is beautiful Lin i'm not good on backgrounds but you have given this a softer more pastel looking background and it's wonderful work.

Gary

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canonfan
canonfan  4 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2012 - 2:49 PM

Beautiful capture and very well presented Lin
Jim

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christinecilia
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24 Jul 2012 - 2:57 PM

great macro well done GrinGrinGrinGrin

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EAS
EAS e2 Member 5EAS vcard Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2012 - 3:32 PM

So pretty and an almost painterly look.

Ann

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2012 - 3:57 PM

You've got a beautiful image Lin - but I have no clue on how to soften and blur!!
Ann

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digital_boi
24 Jul 2012 - 4:31 PM

good capture fine detail Lin

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

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Gypsyman
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24 Jul 2012 - 4:39 PM

Linda. vote & Award for your great efforts. Eric

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41018 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England132 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2012 - 4:46 PM

Add me to the list of 'don't knows' Lin. Lovely composition and shape to this image.

Dave

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ValeryAst
ValeryAst  2 Russian Federation
24 Jul 2012 - 4:46 PM

That's exactly right! They are real hard workers!Smile

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pdcche
pdcche  3 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2012 - 5:34 PM

Great close up Lin, Peter..

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Wendyp
Wendyp  2 England
24 Jul 2012 - 5:41 PM

A nicely detailed macro. Well caught Smile

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pamelajean Critique Team 8748 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1575 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2012 - 6:14 PM


Quote: I am trying to teach my self how to soften and blur backgrounds.

I don't know how much work you have done on this, Lin, but it looks fine to me.
I use PaintshopPro, and although many of the tools are alike in PhotoShop, the actions aren't necessarily the same, but if I can be of any help, please do PM me. Without seeing your original, it would be difficult to advise you on this one. However, selecting the bee, with all of its tiny hairs, won't be easy.

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jdinne
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24 Jul 2012 - 6:52 PM

Great work Lin, background looks fine to me.............

John

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2012 - 7:13 PM

What a cracking good macro shot

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moiral
moiral e2 Member 4moiral vcard Scotland
24 Jul 2012 - 7:24 PM

Count me out on the advice side. Nice shot though. Moira

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Norfolkboy
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24 Jul 2012 - 7:36 PM

Very well done, Lin.
Colin

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nicedayout
24 Jul 2012 - 8:07 PM

A fine capture Lin.

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2012 - 8:07 PM

Nice work Lin - the bg looks fine.Smile
Joan.

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Irishkate
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24 Jul 2012 - 9:54 PM

Lin the best advice I can offer and please remember I'm no expert is as follows.
You probably already know that using a large aperture is good for a defocussed
background to isolate your subject.
Secondly I've tried gaussaian blur to blur b/g but selections usually show.
Recently I was told to try the blur tool to soften/blur background distractions.
I think it works better.
hopefully somebody with more experience can add to this or contradict me.
KateGrin

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Lillian
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25 Jul 2012 - 6:04 PM

Perfection at your best Lin
a beautifully detailed image
Lillian

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Graham_P
Graham_P  7 United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jul 2012 - 10:33 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

It would be nice to see the orignal image posted as a version to see where you started from Lin.

It's good to see someone trying to achieve something new and asking for advise but having read the comments i really wonder if i'm looking at the same image.

If i can offer a bit of constructive critique, the image has a lot of pixellation showing, mostly visible on the green b/g, particularly at the top above the flower.

There are several ways of blurring a b/g but you have to be careful not to overdo it or the image will look really artificial.

One way if your using photoshop is to duplicate the layer (Ctrl+J)
Make a selection of the subject then Select>Inverse
Now add some guassion blur then add a layer mask, set the foreground colour to black. Use a soft brush something like an airbrush from the brush drop down menu and set it's opacity to around 7% to 10% and carefully brush over the blurred area working outwards from the subject to achieve the desired effect.

I hope the above comment doesn't cause any offence.
Sometimes it's better to be honest and offer some advise rather than than post those
"lovely image" & "Perfection at your best" comments,

Graham.

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Ayoob
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31 Jul 2012 - 12:59 AM

Excellent macro shot ,Lin............GrinGrinGrin

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6 Aug 2012 - 9:58 PM

Some good advice from Graham above, the background looks fine to me

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hattrick
hattrick  10 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2012 - 12:37 PM

A cracking capture Lin. Very well done

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