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Orange Drops

By RubberBullets
Well these are still the most interesting plant in the garden, and still the only thing worth uploading.

The problem with these flowers is that they are too big, and too close the their leaves to get them all in focus and keep a nice smooth background.

What I have done here is to take one image at f14 and another at f1.4 and taken the smooth background and put it on the sharp flower. It is basically focus stacking for the terminally lazy!

I hope you think that it was worth it.


Tags: Flowers and plants Close-up and macro

Voters: jonny_greentree, X_Pose, jdenman and 41 more

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jdenman 14 19 5 Spain
11 Jul 2008 2:58PM
What a cracking shot !
FujiJan 15 3 England
11 Jul 2008 3:07PM
lovely shot, love the droplets..
challicew 14 1 1 South Africa
11 Jul 2008 3:11PM
Stunning work!
Scaramanga 14 60 6 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2008 3:21PM
Beautiful image, the colours are fantastic. Really like the raindrops, the weather is great in my opinion.
lonely_oryx 14 61 55 England
11 Jul 2008 3:28PM
Superb detail
Bob_V 14 1 2 United States
11 Jul 2008 4:16PM
What a beautiful capture, such great detail and color.
Silverzone 14 2 England
11 Jul 2008 4:19PM
End result is very satisfying. Sylvia
sunshot 17 24 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2008 4:27PM
i love shots like this with dropplets on, nicely captured
dianah 15 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2008 5:56PM
A beautiful lily image..the droplets are beautiful.
11 Jul 2008 6:34PM
Looks good and clever to me!Nice shot,Know what you mean with these large flowers,Thanks for clicks on mine Tim,David
rmr 15 1 Wales
11 Jul 2008 6:56PM
super colours and detail
pluckyfilly 15 351 33 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2008 7:09PM
wish I knew how to do what you have just described that you have done (follow that heheh) superb pic great crop love the b/g and of course the water droplets
RubberBullets 20 1 6 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2008 7:24PM
Thanks for all the kind comments Smile

At its simplest Ann just take 2 photos with the different settings (needs to be on a tripod really) and open them both in PS.

Drag the sharp image over onto the other one and it will create a new layer. With this layer selected simply use the eraser tool to rub out the background of the top layer. This will reveal the nicely blurred background from the other image.

11 Jul 2008 7:46PM
Great picture, color and detail. Like the process you used,
photophantom 14 108 3 Philippines
11 Jul 2008 9:31PM
Lovely sharp details. Well composed. The PP works well.
whiteswan01 14 13 England
11 Jul 2008 11:29PM
excellent nice colour and detail
bunbeam 16 2 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2008 11:55PM
beautiful, love the details and the raindrops
Angi_Wallace 14 316 11 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2008 12:42AM
A well deserved RC. Angi
malarszk 16 25 1 Scotland
12 Jul 2008 11:02AM
Subtle image with lots of quality...I've looked at ours and thought 'No'..time to look again
Herge88 15 40 6 England
12 Jul 2008 11:58AM
Lovely colours and detail in the droplets.

Best Matt
phil_j 16 134 4 England
12 Jul 2008 12:17PM
Cracking Detail, super colours. Nice one Tim.

fossilized 17 79 United Kingdom
13 Jul 2008 7:47PM
Not easy to catch these, as you say, the background works really well.
FoxChick 14 1 United States
3 Aug 2008 11:24PM
Nice colour and contrast

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