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B & W Blue bells

By kazy1953  
thought I'd try B & W background

Tags: Flowers and plants FLOWERand BLUE

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iancrowson Plus
7 211 146 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2011 9:44PM
This is an interesting image. It's unusual to see bluebells on a BW background. The bluebells don't stand out from the dark background. I would make the dark grey into a light misty grey to give a floaty feel. I would also suggest you crop the out of focus flowers on the right as they don't add to the picture. The shadows under the flowers should lightened a little.
regards, Ian

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kazy1953 7 14 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2011 10:29PM
Jestertheclown 9 7.6k 252 England
20 Apr 2011 11:03PM
Hi Carole,

Personally, I don't like selective colouring of any kind so I'm posssibly the last person who should be commenting on this!
Ian's advice above is sound and the background is a little too powerful.
You've done a good job of selecting the colour on the flowers in the centre which are sharp and therefore have good definition but you'd probably be better off cropping out the others as Ian has suggested.
The whole point of colour popping is to make the most important part of the shot, usually only one or two things, stand out which is what you've (almost) done!
Hope this helps.

Jestertheclown 9 7.6k 252 England
20 Apr 2011 11:12PM
I've uploaded a very quick mod. in which I've cropped the RHS putting the main flowers on a third, adjusted it using the shadows/highlights tool and made a very slight tweak using the blue curve.
You'd get a similar, hopefully better, effect if you desatured the B/W layer some and increased the vibrance (if you have that option) or saturation in the coloured one.
That'll cause the flowers to really jump out at you.
kazy1953 7 14 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2011 11:37PM
thanks. i have also cropped and changed the background
iancrowson Plus
7 211 146 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2011 10:14AM
It great to see the mods. Your second one is a super image. The flower really stands out. Good work.
regards Ian
Jestertheclown 9 7.6k 252 England
21 Apr 2011 11:29AM

Quote:Your second one is a super image

Great stuff Carole!

Stick with V2.
pamelajean Plus
11 1.0k 1961 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2011 2:20PM
This has been an interesting one, Carole, and you have ended up with an excellent result.

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