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Orchid Blur

By danvan
I had a go with blur the other day but felt the background was too harsh, today, i tried again using one of my previous photo's as a background and also tried to do a bit of an interesting border kinda thing. This was more a play with Photoshop for me than anything else as I am still very much a beginner.

Tags: Flowers and plants Digitally manipulated

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W1ldside 8 29 United Kingdom
21 May 2010 5:47AM
Different and catchy ~ Like the lighting through the leaves

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CathR 11 151 564 United Kingdom
21 May 2010 11:52AM
It's always a bit difficult to critique this kind of shot Daniel as personal preference plays a large part.

I think you have got the right amount of blur. The flower is very recognisable as an orchid but the blur adds the creative element. The purple/ green combination works well too. The green is very bright and you could argue it tends to overpower the flower slightly but on the basis that the background is as important here as the flower I think it is OK.

I am not sure though about the black area. There is not a lot happening in that corner. It looks a bit "dead" compared with the rest of the shot. To be honest I am not sure what you could do with this area. Extending the green might be too much. Finding another colour might be difficult but I think I would try this option - but it would be very much trial and error.

Hope this helps

bfgstew 11 668 105 England
21 May 2010 1:02PM
Hi Daniel, nice to see you being creative and this is a nice try. However I have to agree with Cathy on her critique.
I use the zoom blur tool in Photoshop a lot and have done a tutorial on it link I think this will help you with using it and getting the background right, its not hard and fast rules so adjust what you want to get the results you want, the most important thing is have fun, so enjoy it, any problems or queries just drop me a PM and i will see what i can do for you.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2015 United Kingdom
21 May 2010 5:41PM
Hello, Daniel. I quite like this and the effect you have achieved. I have seen it used a lot on flowers like osteospermums, which have a distinctive and very attractive blue centre which, of course, is kept sharp. I would therefore just question your choice of flower for the manipulation. The background and the light within it are very attractive.
works for me,very nice shot,well done!

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