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I love Agapanthus! When in S America these were planted along roadsides and had flowerheads at least as large as footballs but mine here are less than half that size. Planted in a hurry without removing the rubble beneath when the new house was built seems by some miracle to have been exactly what they like and they are now multiplying into an amazing display. They range from deep, dark blue through to white. As for my title? I would very much like to change the bg which was black card held rather too close to the flower and the texture shows. Can anyone help with this? I'd greatly appreciate it. V2 is just a close-up minus any other bg.

Many thanks to those who took time to view the previous posting "Smile" and for the kind comment re Hope. Missing her so much but am planning to plant a small thicket of mixed trees and shrubs around where she's buried. Planning this is good for me!

Camera:Panasonic Lumix GF3
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:29 Aug 2012 - 4:49 AM
Focal Length:42mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/80sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Agapathus Challenge
Username:EAS EAS
Uploaded:9 Oct 2012 - 12:25 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Flowers & plants, General
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SUE118 Plus Member 7SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2012 - 12:27 PM

This is lovely and what a lovely thing to do in memory of Hope.

debu  5 India
9 Oct 2012 - 12:28 PM

A couple of good captures.

BarbaraR  9 England1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2012 - 12:50 PM

Sounds lovely to mark your Hope's resting place with the
These are lovely flowers indeed, well done Ann.
I'm sure someone (E2) can black up the b/g for you.


9 Oct 2012 - 12:59 PM

Beautiful image, fabulous colours and detail great light too


taggart Plus Member 1146 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2012 - 2:11 PM

That is the most beautiful blue!!!

Daisymaye Plus Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2012 - 2:13 PM

Lovely colour and light......Sandy

9 Oct 2012 - 2:43 PM

both winners love the colours nice work good work Ann

barbarahirst Plus Member 7barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2012 - 2:54 PM

must admit I pprefer the bloom in its natural environment
Lovely idea for the rememberance of Hope!

Fefe Plus Member 3Fefe vcard United Kingdom31 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2012 - 3:00 PM

Two lovely shotsGrin

christinecilia Plus Member 3christinecilia vcard England
9 Oct 2012 - 3:04 PM

tow love shot like from me.GrinGrinGrin

CarolG Plus Member 8185 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2012 - 3:18 PM

Such a stunning flower, and I love the natural look to V.2, with the oof flowers as the background. Carol

NDODS Plus Member 44299 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom117 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2012 - 3:23 PM

I have just had a quick dabble an altered a few things mainly the black point and added some sharpening. Hope you like Ann GrinGrinGrinGrin

Regards Nathan

CaroleS  5255 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2012 - 4:05 PM

I tried an Agapanthus a little while ago, one of the most difficult of flowers to capture. You have a lovely colour range even within that one flower. Very well capturedSmile. As for the background, I rarely use a card as I end up with strange shadows but move a little around the flower and a little away from it to get a better dof, making the most of the light and using natural dark shadows. Nathan has done a good job with the black point. Highlights and shadows in Photoshop are a great help tooSmileSmile

LynneJoyce Plus Member 7LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2012 - 4:43 PM

Lovely flower, lovely images. I spent aaaaaaaaages doing a mod of V1 then decided I like V2 better. (How sad is that)?

basith  3 Sri Lanka
9 Oct 2012 - 5:04 PM

beautiful colour captured

andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2012 - 5:11 PM

fantastic detail ann wonderful light and colours the stunning v1 for me today nice one Wink

Growmore Plus Member 6Growmore vcard England3 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2012 - 6:36 PM

Well i rather like your lead image best it's well good and beautiful Ann.

pamelajean Critique Team 9924 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1738 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2012 - 6:42 PM

For your background, Ann, I used the Magic Wand on "Perceptual" (I use PaintshopPro) to select the background, adding the little bits inbetween the flowers, then Flood Filled with black. It needs a bit of tidying up around the edges, but is a quick and easy way to do it. I haven't put up a modification because it would take some time to correct all the edges. I just wanted to give it a go really.
V2 is my favourite, I think you have a better angle on the flower, with more of the individual flowers on the same focal plane, and therefore you have more of them in focus than in V1, and also some little stamens showing.

Last Modified By pamelajean at 9 Oct 2012 - 6:44 PM
sweetpea62 Plus Member 5sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2012 - 6:53 PM

Two gorgeous shots Ann,V1 very special..Lin

EMJAYCEE Plus Member 6EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2012 - 6:54 PM

you produce stunning flower images Ann but today I love the natural V2.

Brian65  6 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2012 - 8:06 PM

2 Lovely shots Ann, think V2 rocks my boat.

Rock Plus Member 13Rock vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Oct 2012 - 9:02 PM

Love them both.


dmhuynh72  744 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2012 - 1:19 PM

beautiful colours and capture Ann, I especially like v2 with its natural bg.

Tibetan  3 England
10 Oct 2012 - 2:38 PM

Love the colour very nice indeed V2. for me also, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

10 Oct 2012 - 3:13 PM

Both good Ann but i go for V2 with it's natural BG,

Billyray  770 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
10 Oct 2012 - 4:21 PM

I prefer V1 as modified by Lynne. As you know I do like a good black background. I sometimes use my Roxio program, to flood fill with black on some of my images when I haven't had the black card available. I bought the program when I first bought the computer some eight years ago.

Ray42  7 England3 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2012 - 9:10 AM

Both very good - v2 for me with its natural bg

annettep38 Plus Member 4209 forum postsannettep38 vcard Costa Rica35 Constructive Critique Points
12 Oct 2012 - 11:45 PM

v2 for me, the rich oof heads add so much to the blue glory.
and many thanks for your kind words.. made me feel better to face the day. I have invited my wonderful neighbour to go to Bordeaux for a day next week, ten years I have lived here and never been to the town 120 kms away but to see the bureaucrats. So we decided to find out more, I'll take a day off.

sable  7 England7 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2012 - 3:14 PM

Two very good images I like them both xx

13 Oct 2012 - 7:00 PM

Beautiful detail and light

Lillian Plus Member 6Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
13 Oct 2012 - 9:03 PM

How wonderful Anne, such a good blue here that you have captured...so true to their colours
has to be V1 for me
but like the abundance of V2 as well

lesliea Plus Member 5lesliea vcard Australia
13 Oct 2012 - 10:40 PM

Very nice set of images Ann well captured.
Allen, Smile

13 Oct 2012 - 10:42 PM

Flowers are great. Delicious blue.

Regards, Oleg

Glostopcat Plus Member 9251 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Oct 2012 - 6:15 PM

Two super versions Ann, v1 is so beautifuly presented and v2 so natural

PaulLiley  6 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2012 - 8:46 AM

Beautiful image standing out very well from bg. paul


Two lovely shots Ann Smile

Techno  71189 forum posts England8 Constructive Critique Points
24 Oct 2012 - 5:17 PM

To witness these growing wild is a delight whilst Levada Walking, Madeira, nicely taken images.

jujupops Plus Member 5jujupops vcard England
26 Oct 2012 - 1:04 PM

Gorgeous Ann, love them both Grin

27 Oct 2012 - 12:30 PM

Lovely shots. I prefer V1 on the dark background.


LexEquine  9 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
1 Feb 2013 - 3:49 PM

'Two Superb & Lovely macro Floral Images,' Ann

Ciao ~ Peter Smile

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