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Agapathus Challenge

By EAS
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!

Tags: General Flowers and plants Close-up and macro

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SUE118 Plus
8 8 1 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2012 12:27PM
This is lovely and what a lovely thing to do in memory of Hope.

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debu 6 India
9 Oct 2012 12:28PM
A couple of good captures.
debu
BarbaraR 10 17 1 England
9 Oct 2012 12:50PM
Sounds lovely to mark your Hope's resting place with the
greenery.
These are lovely flowers indeed, well done Ann.
I'm sure someone (E2) can black up the b/g for you.

B.
morpheus1955 9 3 2 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2012 12:59PM
Beautiful image, fabulous colours and detail great light too

Hugh
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
9 Oct 2012 2:11PM
That is the most beautiful blue!!!
9 Oct 2012 2:13PM
Lovely colour and light......Sandy
9 Oct 2012 2:43PM
both winners love the colours nice work good work Ann
9 Oct 2012 2:54PM
must admit I pprefer the bloom in its natural environment
Lovely idea for the rememberance of Hope!
Fefe Plus
4 23 31 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2012 3:00PM
Two lovely shotsGrin
Diane
tow love shot like from me.GrinGrinGrin
CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
9 Oct 2012 3:18PM
Such a stunning flower, and I love the natural look to V.2, with the oof flowers as the background. Carol
NDODS Plus
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2012 3:23PM
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 Plus
6 423 3 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2012 4:05PM
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
Carole
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2012 4:43PM
Lovely flower, lovely images. I spent aaaaaaaaages doing a mod of V1 then decided I like V2 better. (How sad is that)?
basith 4 7 Sri Lanka
9 Oct 2012 5:04PM
beautiful colour captured
andylea 7 37 1 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2012 5:11PM
fantastic detail ann wonderful light and colours the stunning v1 for me today nice one Wink
andy
9 Oct 2012 6:36PM
Well i rather like your lead image best it's well good and beautiful Ann.
Gary
pamelajean Plus
10 964 1830 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2012 6:42PM
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.
9 Oct 2012 6:53PM
Two gorgeous shots Ann,V1 very special..Lin
EMJAYCEE Plus
7 10 10 England
9 Oct 2012 6:54PM
you produce stunning flower images Ann but today I love the natural V2.
Joan.
Brian65 7 2 United Kingdom
9 Oct 2012 8:06PM
2 Lovely shots Ann, think V2 rocks my boat.
Brian
Rock Plus
14 10 2 England
9 Oct 2012 9:02PM
Love them both.

Rock
dmhuynh72 8 44 3 United Kingdom
10 Oct 2012 1:19PM
beautiful colours and capture Ann, I especially like v2 with its natural bg.
regards
Yung
Tibetan 4 3 England
10 Oct 2012 2:38PM
Love the colour very nice indeed V2. for me also, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
FeatherFriend 8 38 217 England
10 Oct 2012 3:13PM
Both good Ann but i go for V2 with it's natural BG,
Geoff.
Billyray 8 70 3 United Kingdom
10 Oct 2012 4:21PM
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.
Ray
Ray42 8 3 England
11 Oct 2012 9:10AM
Both very good - v2 for me with its natural bg
annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
12 Oct 2012 11:45PM
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 8 9 7 England
13 Oct 2012 3:14PM
Two very good images I like them both xx
13 Oct 2012 7:00PM
Beautiful detail and light
Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2012 9:03PM
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
Lillian
lesliea 6 2 Australia
13 Oct 2012 10:40PM
Very nice set of images Ann well captured.
Allen, Smile
13 Oct 2012 10:42PM
Flowers are great. Delicious blue.

Regards, Oleg
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
14 Oct 2012 6:15PM
Two super versions Ann, v1 is so beautifuly presented and v2 so natural
PaulLiley 7 2 13 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2012 8:46AM
Beautiful image standing out very well from bg. paul
20 Oct 2012 4:25PM
Two lovely shots Ann Smile
Ricky
Techno Plus
8 1.8k 8 England
24 Oct 2012 5:17PM
To witness these growing wild is a delight whilst Levada Walking, Madeira, nicely taken images.
Mal
Gorgeous Ann, love them both Grin
Julie
27 Oct 2012 12:30PM
Lovely shots. I prefer V1 on the dark background.

Lavina
LexEquine 10 19 United States
1 Feb 2013 3:49PM
'Two Superb & Lovely macro Floral Images,' Ann

Ciao ~ Peter Smile

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