By Blenkinsopp
Although I love flower shots with a black velvet background I am experimenting with other backgrounds.

This is against a sheet of kids shaded play paper. It has less impact than black velvet but I thought it made a nice change and I liked the colour harmony. What do you think ?

Tags: Flowers and plants

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deavilin Plus
12 341 1 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2006 5:25AM
Superb, love the colours and the detailSmile


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Jouİo Plus
12 56 Finland
3 Feb 2006 5:40AM

3 Feb 2006 5:41AM
simply lovely.
panda Plus
12 5 1 England
3 Feb 2006 5:42AM
Love the colours here, nice image.

Lovely image enhanced by the background colours.
Dennie Plus
12 260 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2006 5:51AM
I think its a very lovely image. Well composed and i love the gradient background. Lovely presentation. Denise x
simont Plus
12 2.3k 4 England
3 Feb 2006 5:54AM
Kim Walton Plus
13 145 30 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2006 5:57AM
All Said,well done
ericfaragh Plus
13 138 4 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2006 6:00AM
Good background for it, nice shot.
sunshot Plus
12 24 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2006 6:03AM
superb image well taken.
akh Plus
12 1.2k 5 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2006 6:05AM
Nicely lit flower and the BG works well with it.
RichardB Plus
12 328 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2006 6:06AM
Lovely - superb colour use Smile
MoWiz Plus
11 114 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2006 6:29AM
excellent work, love the presentation
3 Feb 2006 6:29AM
this is lovely and works on all counts
Well done
3 Feb 2006 6:31AM
OH YEAH Skye.....This is a Pure Belter...well Done
ginz04 Plus
12 281 20 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2006 6:31AM
gprgeous - love the flower, bg and frame well put together. ian
franken Plus
14 4.1k 4 Wales
3 Feb 2006 7:02AM
Excellent colour,detail and composition to this.

3 Feb 2006 7:11AM
this is a beautiful image, love the pastel colour and the b/g very well put together........................liz
Gorgeous the colours
ColouredImages 12 47 35 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2006 7:37AM
Great experiment, it works for me. Sam says I must try something else other than black velvet, people will be getting bored with the same shots all the time! and perhaps this result will prompt me to take action
Love it
Tom_H Plus
12 48 1 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2006 7:47AM
Great shot, well done
3 Feb 2006 7:54AM
The background really makes the shot, I don't think a black one would have been as good.

Beardy Plus
11 79 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2006 8:00AM
excellent work

3 Feb 2006 8:11AM
lovely colours and nice image - like the frame

ann_g Plus
12 19 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2006 8:12AM
Love the background and frame, beautiful flower, beautifully taken.

Ann Smile
3 Feb 2006 8:20AM
a deserved RC,well done nice work.
great composition and colour
This is beautiful! Wonderful colors and detail in the flower. And I love the background...and frame! Smile
TessC Plus
11 1 Ireland
3 Feb 2006 9:01AM
Absolutely stunning, Love the gradiant used and the simplicity Wink Fitting title. Well done Skye.
User_Removed 11 32 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2006 9:06AM

3 Feb 2006 9:22AM
Nice shot but I'm not sure the purple works. With the high composition it just looks that bit too dominant.
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
3 Feb 2006 9:34AM
This is one of the nicest I have seen in some time--I love your graduated background--EXCELLENT WORK!
Ade_Osman 13 4.5k 36 England
3 Feb 2006 9:38AM
Simplicity itself and yet the shot is completely stunning!....Excellent work!

chrism Plus
13 118 England
3 Feb 2006 9:56AM
There's not much left for me to say, so I'm going to be really niggly... I don't like the way the leaf appears in the shot without being attached to the stem. Otherwise, cracking image.
3 Feb 2006 10:39AM
Stunning shot
Paul_cats Plus
11 61 22 Scotland
3 Feb 2006 10:56AM
Simply lovely tones.
3 Feb 2006 10:59AM
The Title Says It All

KBan Plus
11 495 4 England
3 Feb 2006 11:05AM
lovely colours
Love the detail.
KathyW Plus
13 1.8k 12 Norfolk Island
3 Feb 2006 11:21AM
jeanie Plus
13 6.0k 6 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2006 11:30AM
Simply beautiful....

thorn Plus
12 124 2 Scotland
3 Feb 2006 11:30AM
Hi Skye,Stunning close work,detail,lighting,pastel colour/tones,delicacy and presentation.Take care.AnnSmile
foggytwo Plus
13 36 1 Scotland
3 Feb 2006 11:35AM
The image is certainly in harmony Skye,the colours are wonderful.I love the soft pastel shades of pinks in the petals and thats a great angle on the flower.The lighting,shadow and detail are all super too.It is all set off nicely with a great presentation.
3 Feb 2006 11:50AM
Love the matching B/G.. gorgeous Skye.

cattyal Plus
11 7.9k 6 England
3 Feb 2006 12:23PM
I thought this would do well when you uploaded it this afternoon - it would seem I was right and well deserved adulation Smile

chase Plus
11 1.1k 246 England
3 Feb 2006 1:40PM
I like the bg Skye it compliments the lovely flower very well,a nice change from black & difficult to get right,you have done that here well done !
Nice colour & detail in the flower,I like the use of the space.
3 Feb 2006 2:12PM
the graduated pink background really works well and its very nicely presented
3 Feb 2006 2:25PM
I think this has more impact than a black background. The backround colour has been well chosen to compliment the flower. The composition and treatment using the border just add to the image as well. As its title says, Simplicity that has produced a classic image.

Lou41 Plus
11 139 United Kingdom
3 Feb 2006 3:08PM
lovely colour and presentation, LOU
3 Feb 2006 3:23PM
Experiment away to your hearts content. This works!!!

Gavin Plus
12 17
3 Feb 2006 11:11PM
Lovely simple capture

chris-p Plus
11 65 England
4 Feb 2006 3:12AM
Works really well..
Jasbe Plus
11 116 England
4 Feb 2006 3:40AM
Lovely shot, well presented.
4 Feb 2006 9:15AM
Very nice presentation, excellent shot.
C_Daniels Plus
12 399 10 England
4 Feb 2006 12:08PM
Stunning - simple is sufficient :O)
4 Feb 2006 12:25PM
That's a prize winner

dark_lord Plus
12 1.9k 345 England
4 Feb 2006 12:25PM
Nicely shot and presented. Thanks for your comments. You're portfolio ain't half bad either!
Excellent image good use of colour

well done
James C
glenalva Plus
11 338 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2006 3:31PM
Beautiful shot, lovely presentation too.

Colours of this image are amazing. Well done.
Miriam xx
glenalva Plus
11 338 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2006 2:22AM
I hope that you see this Skye. I can't send PM's until I've been a member for a month, but if you could send me that info on the Photoshop action that would be great. thanks. My email is

Nic_WA Plus
12 179 2 Australia
5 Feb 2006 3:58AM
Works very the gradient background.
Very nice, I like the choice of background.

5 Feb 2006 8:21AM
Great image,well done....

Pegon Plus
11 78 1 England
5 Feb 2006 12:42PM
Beautiful work Skye .
Pete .
Sezz Plus
12 617 15 England
5 Feb 2006 2:09PM
The background works well, wonderful shot and well presented.

Sez Smile
ChristineL 11 39 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2006 11:20PM
Ooooooh I missed this one, it's beautiful, a lovely image,
A Booth Plus
14 11 4 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2006 6:14AM
I think it is superb - a simple image well exposed composed and presented.
Mavis Plus
14 143 2 England
6 Feb 2006 12:22PM
" What do you think" ? 75 clicks is your answer Skye. So delicate and different . I love it xx
7 Feb 2006 9:17AM
Such a beautiful floral shot Skye made outstanding by your post work on the framing and the background. Impressive.
Great choice of BG!!
8 Feb 2006 11:16AM
That's a cracker and it works so well. The background is beautiful

8 Feb 2006 12:09PM
really like that :o)

Rock Plus
14 10 2 England
9 Feb 2006 12:03AM
This is one great shot !
If possible I would click 50 times.
9 Feb 2006 12:39AM
Wow! Cracking image

9 Feb 2006 4:00AM
Just like something you would find on a greeting card. Pleasing composition and colours. Definitely eye-catching.
wbk666 Plus
11 61
9 Feb 2006 4:46AM
i read somewhere that your background can be as important as your subject and this one probably works better than the black velvet would.

nice work

9 Feb 2006 6:29AM
This is beautiful Skye, your presentation, the clarity, light and colour all make up an outstanding image.
9 Feb 2006 8:43AM
Works for me. Nice!
claret Plus
12 49 England
9 Feb 2006 11:22PM
Very artistic. Beautiful shot.
10 Feb 2006 12:15AM
Beautiful, love the graduated background, the tones suit the flower so well. Fantastic.

11 Feb 2006 9:10AM
great background colours and nicely presented too.

12 Feb 2006 10:33AM
Very nice! Love the presentation ... and the grad b/g works really well! Click*
tripodted Plus
11 32 1 Northern Ireland
12 Feb 2006 12:48PM
Nicely done!
sputnki Plus
12 10 Canada
15 Feb 2006 10:00AM
I think the background is a superb choice. It really compliments the flower.

ChrisOs Plus
11 2 1 United Kingdom
15 Feb 2006 11:28AM
I'm a bit late to add my two-penn'th. It's all been said. Super pic.
Ycmah Plus
11 4 Australia
21 Feb 2006 4:05AM
Beautiful closeup!
21 Feb 2006 6:41AM
Stunning flower in great detail. Well Done!
Chriscj Plus
10 96 1 England
28 Feb 2006 2:33AM
Stunning shot excellent composition, detail and presentation.

28 Feb 2006 11:51AM
beautiful, great use of colour
Oh my goodness gracious me....this is just stunningly beautiful. Your presentation of this gorgeous bloom has added a whole extra dimension.
12 Mar 2006 10:42AM
Wow, this is superb, everyone else has already said it all so ditto to all the great comments above.
HollyT Plus
10 10
14 Mar 2006 6:20AM
very nice shot, the background colour fade really compliments the tones in the flower.
Good Work!
21 Mar 2006 10:13AM
fantastic shot- worthy of all the comments cheers dave
CollY Plus
11 14
23 Mar 2006 4:22PM
Wow, what more can I say. Great shot and I love the colouring...would like to see it without the lines going over the stem, as if the flower is breaking out of the image...just a thought.
Well done
crash39 Plus
11 24 England
24 Mar 2006 10:43AM
Everything has been said, simply beautiful.


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