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andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2010 12:41AM
love the comp neil cracking colour and detail a belter nice one Wink

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JPatrickM 11 2 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2010 12:42AM
Super shot Great colour and detail, and a nicely managed black background. Nice one.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
20 Oct 2010 12:46AM
A beautiful capture of a most lovely dahlia. Wonderful colour and detail.........Sandy
photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
20 Oct 2010 12:47AM
excellent close up
eviemay 8 3 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2010 12:48AM
Another beauty to add to your portfolio. Malcolm
20 Oct 2010 3:35AM
Beautiful image Neil! Congrats.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
20 Oct 2010 4:08AM
Beautiful shot of this cactus dahlia, Neil: the inclusion of the two buds gives a nice balance and the black b/g which you know I favour does work so well. Excellent detail and colours.
tashi 7 2
20 Oct 2010 4:52AM
Lovely flower.Perfect capture.
Nikola 7 1 India
20 Oct 2010 5:22AM
Well detailed macro shot, Great image.
RTDS 9 Cyprus
20 Oct 2010 7:35AM
Superb colours in this great capture.
tull 14 181 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2010 8:33AM
Superb macro with excellent colour and detail.

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2010 9:02AM
Such a beauty
ColouredImages 13 47 35 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2010 9:21AM
The bloom itself is lovely, very photogenic. However the background cloth can still be seen...did you use flash? I also find the foliage distracts the eye from the main focus which should be the bloom. Have a look at your e-mail...I've sent you my take on this one and I would be interested to see what you think. Don't forget, this critique is intended to help your photography/processing already get plenty of "hits and votes"

I have cloned out all the foliage and then selected the background with the magic wand and set at 20 pixels. Once highlighted I have gone into adjustments....then colours then hue/saturation. Alter the lightness to -100, click OK and that saturates the background making it solid. Added a border and hey presto. Now I know not everyone likes my flowers and that fact that they seem to float in mid air...I'm just offering you critique on how you could (in my mind) improve an already good shot still further.


shush 7 1 7 Canada
20 Oct 2010 9:47AM
Good capture……great colours.

I am intrigued what ‘mikesmith’ modified version looks like. Any change you could post this for all of us to see?

NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
20 Oct 2010 10:07AM
mike thanks for the advice will give it a go always willing to listen and learn from people i trust.yours, neil.
20 Oct 2010 10:11AM
A superb image!
shush 7 1 7 Canada
20 Oct 2010 10:14AM
Hi Neil – I just received a PM from Mike and he is happy to upload his modified version. If it is okay with you then could you please edit this upload info to allow mods?

NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
20 Oct 2010 10:20AM
mike /shush ,i am a bit thick how do i change to allow the mod.
ColouredImages 13 47 35 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2010 10:34AM
go into edit and then you should be able to allow mods. Have you received my e-mail yet?
NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
20 Oct 2010 10:40AM
yes got the email ,looks great worth frameing
20 Oct 2010 11:57AM
Agree with Mike Smith's comments but the flower itself has lovely detail and colour.
goso 11 2 1 Australia
20 Oct 2010 12:40PM
Splendid detail Neil - good work...Bill
Rock Plus
15 10 2 England
20 Oct 2010 2:24PM
Now then Lad, another fine shot !

Rock of YORK.
20 Oct 2010 2:30PM
Nice image Neil
Nettles 10 England
20 Oct 2010 2:33PM
The black background works really well with this lovely flower.
lianna 8 13 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2010 3:41PM
A beautiful image... the flower is stunning!!! like the fact that there is the bud in the top right too - it is nice to see the contrast of how such a big beautiful flower comes from such a small bud!!

The black background works superbly to enhance the flower, yes you can see the cloth (but only if i angle my screen lol) i wouldn't worry so much about it!!!

Superb work x x x
Porthos Plus
8 40 1 Northern Ireland
20 Oct 2010 3:51PM
Lovely composition, lighting and colour.....Derek
20 Oct 2010 4:37PM
a cracking detailed shot
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
20 Oct 2010 5:09PM
Excellent composition
akhtarkhan 15 4 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2010 5:17PM
Stunnig macro work. fantastic rich colours and perfect detail. Besutifully taken.
LexEquine 11 19 United States
20 Oct 2010 5:21PM
Excellent capture & image rendition, Neil, of this lovely flower...Peter
20 Oct 2010 6:13PM
Round of applause for class
Roly 10 Wales
20 Oct 2010 7:26PM
Lovely colours and details in this one.
dusfim 7 Malta
20 Oct 2010 7:52PM
Superb in all details Neil. I wish that I can work with PS. Well done.

Peagreen 7 1 1 England
20 Oct 2010 8:00PM
Another beautiful capture, Neil, love the colour and the bud that is just opening to reveal the first pink petals of the new flower!!
VivienO 8 1 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2010 8:20PM
Lovely detail and colours. Works well against the black background.

gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2010 8:37PM
Just beautiful!
20 Oct 2010 9:05PM
Super shot great colour.......Adam
20 Oct 2010 10:38PM
Beautiful bloom and stunning image Neil.
lesarnott 8 11 2 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2010 11:36PM
Definately a stunner!
rpba18205 8 1 4 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2010 10:38AM
This is an excellent shot,
One more excellent presentation - Raja.
What a beautiful dahlia, love the colour Grin
JimV 11 6 3 Canada
22 Oct 2010 4:54AM
Wow, this is gorgeous Neil, beautifully shot and presented, my pleasure to make it a round 60 votes!
Rgds., Jim
22 Oct 2010 7:02AM
Lovely flower shot. A
artcubis 10 6 United States
23 Oct 2010 7:29PM
This one is for the National Geographic botanical section.
Amazingly good photogrphy, light, color, detail.
Source 7
26 Oct 2010 10:33PM
Beautiful clarity
Leo 16 46 9 England
27 Oct 2010 11:14AM
Dahlias do make lovely subjects Neil, so many varieties too, this is nice and sharp and not too saturated. Mike has a point about the background but having slipped up like you in the past, I know a lot depends on your monitor calibration, as to whether you can see it or not.

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