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fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
24 Jul 2012 1:24PM
Very attractive macro shot with pin sharp detail.


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paskinmj 9 11 1 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2012 1:27PM
Beautiful macro.
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2012 1:31PM
This is beautiful!

All I can say about bg's is if you remove noise from the main colour in the bg this helps smooth it, other than that my bg's will be as they are, and if you selective sharpen so you do not sharpen the bg too. But you proberbly know this already...................... I am not that tecnical with bg'sSadGrinGrin
24 Jul 2012 1:39PM
Background looks fine to me Lin, nice macro,
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2012 1:40PM
Super macro shot Lin, excellent detail and great colours, very well done

Rock Plus
16 10 2 England
24 Jul 2012 1:43PM
Grand shot indeed.

CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
24 Jul 2012 2:00PM
Nicely done, Lin Smile Carol
Tibetan 5 3 England
24 Jul 2012 2:30PM
Very nicely done good detail like it, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
24 Jul 2012 2:30PM
This is beautiful Lin i'm not good on backgrounds but you have given this a softer more pastel looking background and it's wonderful work.

24 Jul 2012 2:49PM
Beautiful capture and very well presented Lin
great macro well done GrinGrinGrinGrin
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
24 Jul 2012 3:32PM
So pretty and an almost painterly look.

AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2012 3:57PM
You've got a beautiful image Lin - but I have no clue on how to soften and blur!!
24 Jul 2012 4:31PM
good capture fine detail Lin

24 Jul 2012 4:39PM
Linda. vote & Award for your great efforts. Eric
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
24 Jul 2012 4:46PM
Add me to the list of 'don't knows' Lin. Lovely composition and shape to this image.

24 Jul 2012 4:46PM
That's exactly right! They are real hard workers!Smile
pdcche 7 4 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2012 5:34PM
Great close up Lin, Peter..
Wendyp 5 England
24 Jul 2012 5:41PM
A nicely detailed macro. Well caught Smile

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2012 6:14PM

Quote:I am trying to teach my self how to soften and blur backgrounds.

I don't know how much work you have done on this, Lin, but it looks fine to me.
I use PaintshopPro, and although many of the tools are alike in PhotoShop, the actions aren't necessarily the same, but if I can be of any help, please do PM me. Without seeing your original, it would be difficult to advise you on this one. However, selecting the bee, with all of its tiny hairs, won't be easy.
jdinne 15 16 England
24 Jul 2012 6:52PM
Great work Lin, background looks fine to me.............

Ray42 10 3 England
24 Jul 2012 7:13PM
What a cracking good macro shot
moiral 8 12 Scotland
24 Jul 2012 7:24PM
Count me out on the advice side. Nice shot though. Moira
Norfolkboy 12 1 4 England
24 Jul 2012 7:36PM
Very well done, Lin.
24 Jul 2012 8:07PM
A fine capture Lin.
9 10 10 England
24 Jul 2012 8:07PM
Nice work Lin - the bg looks fine.Smile
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2012 9:54PM
Lin the best advice I can offer and please remember I'm no expert is as follows.
You probably already know that using a large aperture is good for a defocussed
background to isolate your subject.
Secondly I've tried gaussaian blur to blur b/g but selections usually show.
Recently I was told to try the blur tool to soften/blur background distractions.
I think it works better.
hopefully somebody with more experience can add to this or contradict me.
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2012 6:04PM
Perfection at your best Lin
a beautifully detailed image
Graham_P 11 1 19 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2012 10:33AM
It would be nice to see the orignal image posted as a version to see where you started from Lin.

It's good to see someone trying to achieve something new and asking for advise but having read the comments i really wonder if i'm looking at the same image.

If i can offer a bit of constructive critique, the image has a lot of pixellation showing, mostly visible on the green b/g, particularly at the top above the flower.

There are several ways of blurring a b/g but you have to be careful not to overdo it or the image will look really artificial.

One way if your using photoshop is to duplicate the layer (Ctrl+J)
Make a selection of the subject then Select>Inverse
Now add some guassion blur then add a layer mask, set the foreground colour to black. Use a soft brush something like an airbrush from the brush drop down menu and set it's opacity to around 7% to 10% and carefully brush over the blurred area working outwards from the subject to achieve the desired effect.

I hope the above comment doesn't cause any offence.
Sometimes it's better to be honest and offer some advise rather than than post those
"lovely image" & "Perfection at your best" comments,

Ayoob 7 Australia
31 Jul 2012 12:59AM
Excellent macro shot ,Lin............GrinGrinGrin
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
6 Aug 2012 9:58PM
Some good advice from Graham above, the background looks fine to me
7 Aug 2012 12:37PM
A cracking capture Lin. Very well done


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