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Cherry Blossom

By catherinekp79  
My favourite tree.
Blossom tree in our garden. Amazes me at how long it takes to finally flower with such beauty but only lasts for a very short period!

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dianah 15 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
30 May 2010 7:34PM
This is really pretty. The background is rather busy and there are ways of making this less so..let's hope Pamela is somewhere close by !!! Smile I am not much good at doing is helpful when taking flowers to pull some of the twigs etc out of the way ..easier said than done I know ! Will try a mod and see how it goes !
30 May 2010 8:23PM
That's nice. I haven't a clue how you achieved it but it does look less busy and it's very subtle. Thanks. Smile
30 May 2010 9:30PM
Itís a very nice bloom and I quite like it as it is but I understand what Dianah is saying. I tried a black B/G but it just didnít seem to work so I had a quick go at a blur B/G and added a thin frame, sharpened a little (probably too much). Itís not to everybodyís taste but it was quick.
PS Looking at the two together , I think I actually prefer yours.
30 May 2010 9:59PM
Thank you for your comments and mod Rob. Yours is good and another perspective to look at. I am as yet unable to put borders on as I don't know how to do it and I'm unsure whether or not I have the right software.
dianah 15 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
31 May 2010 10:25AM
I have only got Picture It ..I am sure that it was a free download and very easy to use for very simple frames. The blur around the edge was just from using the soft white edging tool. I don't know which software you need for the more elaborate frames..ask someone like Pamela..she will tell you or look through the galleries and find a frame that you like and ask that person..everyone is ever so helpful !
pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
31 May 2010 4:23PM
Hello, Cath, sorry to be late in responding, a rather significant birthday for my significant other took me away from EPZ. I was surprised to see my name mentioned above, lol.
I use PaintshopPro and use "add borders" for framing, so very easy. It also has a selection of interesting frames that you just add to your picture. Try a free trial version.
As to your cherry blossom, you have the light behind it, which will prevent burn-out on the white petals, but it has left your blossoms in shade and therefore lacking detail where it needs to be, especially on the flower centres. I'm not sure how this happened, but some buds in your background look sharper than your cherry blossom blooms. I can only think that you were a bit too close to your subject, or it may even be that they were bobbing in the breeze. I know from experience how difficult these blossoms are to get just right. My antics and contortions around the tree need to be seen to be believed, trying to get the light right, trying for a clean background, etc. If you are unhappy with the background, make your own. Use a few clothes pegs and a piece of material, peg it up behind your flowers and shoot. With fairly dark material (velvet is ideal because it's non-reflective), you shouldn't get any shadows. I know that a piece of card is difficult to place in a tree, but my partner came up with a great idea - cut the card at half the width up to the centre and make a hole. You can then slip the card onto the flower's stem/branch and it stays there so you have two free hands.
So, the problem I see here is the bright light of the background that doesn't act as a good background for the white flowers. You say these blossoms are short-lived, so perhaps you don't have another chance to try again.
There are two alternatives that I use. Blurring the background can help. Changing the background altogether obviously works. I freehand select around the flowers, invert the selection and flood fill with a new colour. I will try a mod.
PS: I've managed a mod, wasn't sure if I could bring some light into the blossoms. Some have some burn-out developing. There was a lot of "noise" appearing as I lightened them, which is mainly because they were in the shade. Used a blue background, sort of simulating sky. I thought about leaving some buds in, but it was too late...that's another option, though. Hope you like it.

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