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Using Blur

By achieverswales
Thank you all for great comments and votes yesterday. On Thursday at our camera club we had a talk on macro photography, the guy was very good and he does some great work, one thing I picked up might be of interest to the ones who do not do this technique, he explained that many flower captures have bad backgrounds and he uses the blur tool to cover these with the different tools, Radial,Motion and others, I have done these three with terrible backgrounds and I think that the shots have been enhanced, you can desaturate the background if it is too bright, hope this is of use to some of you.

Tags: Close-up and macro Digitaaly manipulated

Voters: Trev_B, mikbee, LynneJoyce and 35 more

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Trev_B 14 151 68 England
9 Nov 2013 12:28AM
It works extremely well Trev and really makes the flowers pop…. well done… excellent.

mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
9 Nov 2013 12:32AM
Works very well indeed Trev.
I have many rust shots I do not use due to ''messy'' BGs.
Might be worth a try on these !!
LynneJoyce Plus
12 22 101 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2013 12:34AM
I think it works best in V3.
debu 11 India
9 Nov 2013 12:41AM
Excellent work.
RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
9 Nov 2013 4:03AM
That's an interesting bit of technique and processing that I must keep in mind, Trev, as from this trio it seems to be an effective way of handling a potentially distracting b/g.
NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2013 4:39AM
Very well worked with three great results Trevor. Image one being for me the most effective.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
ukgubbi 9 5 India
9 Nov 2013 4:57AM
The result is great. v1 and v3 for me.
Bantu 7 7 1 India
9 Nov 2013 4:58AM
thats what we call creation,or evolution of photography well done.
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
9 Nov 2013 5:48AM
V.1 is certainly an eye-opener, Trev, and I love the effect in V.3, thanks for the info. Carol
Mollycat Plus
7 21 2 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2013 7:02AM
Excellent images Trev. V3 is great, love the shape of the flower. Grin Peter.
cabbie Plus
14 31 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2013 7:44AM
Works very well Trev will try and remember V1 for me

cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
9 Nov 2013 7:56AM
great tip Smile
netta1234 9 382 2 Wales
9 Nov 2013 8:06AM
ABrilliant set, all with a great bg TrevSmile
9 Nov 2013 8:07AM
V1 for me Trev,
geoffrey baker 16 501 1 Wales
9 Nov 2013 9:05AM
Great work Trev, so you weren't asleep at the back of the class after all Wink

franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2013 9:29AM
A lovely colourful set here Trev.

Irishkate Plus
10 45 121 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2013 10:24AM
Extremely effective Trevor - what an impact in V3!
Not sure how you're separting flower from b/g to apply effect.
Selection or mask? I'd definitely use this technique.
Thanks for sharing.
CaroleS Plus
10 442 3 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2013 10:33AM
I like the effect too, lovely colour tonesSmile
achieverswales 10 8 101 Wales
9 Nov 2013 10:47AM
Thanks everyone, sorry Kate with the lasso tool draw a rough outline around the flower, feather the selection about 80 Px go to select - inverse then add the blur tool that you are going to try, if it is not good ctrl and Z and try another.


9 Nov 2013 1:56PM
I love these images, Trev - I love to use the blur tool!
Hard to choose a favourite!

jdinne 17 16 England
9 Nov 2013 3:31PM
its a really goo technique Trev and t think v3 is definatley the most effective.

12 10 10 England
9 Nov 2013 4:19PM
Something to practice Trev if I ever find the timeSad Has certainly worked very well for you - 3 super images,
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
9 Nov 2013 5:09PM
Thank for these clues for enhancing/removing bad backgrounds-- They seem to work very well for you-- I shall try them out!
tomcat 15 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2013 5:42PM
Love the arty effect of V3 Trev

marktc Plus
10 101 15 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2013 7:38PM
Interesting and creative, v3 for me Trev.
Brian65 11 2 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2013 7:55PM
Great work done Trev, love all three.
pluckyfilly 14 351 33 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2013 9:02PM
gorgeous colour and detail - how are you now Trev?
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2013 10:11PM
WOW! V4 is my pick of the day Trev... But really they are all first class images...
10 Nov 2013 9:11PM
Lovely set, Trev! I feel that I'm missing of this beauty now...
Regards Valery
jacquig 7 3 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2013 1:29AM
It's really worked on this set. Very nice.Smile
digital_boi 15 3 6 Scotland
13 Nov 2013 9:36AM
works well Trevor fine capture

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