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Doug L
05-11-2012, 03:11 AM
The original image (taken with a 200mm lens) had a boring grey background so I merged the silhouette with another shot I had taken the same day with a macro lens of a deliberately out-of-focus pinkish apple blossum. I played with the hue and saturation and here is the result.

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Runmonty
05-11-2012, 06:20 AM
I really like what you have done with this Doug. I am just wondering if it may be more effective flipped horizontally. Just a thought!

AntZ
05-11-2012, 07:14 AM
Very cool. Love the colour.

Iguanasan
05-11-2012, 08:57 AM
What a really cool result. It would make an awesome book cover or something. Nicely done.

Marko
05-11-2012, 10:17 AM
very striking indeed - dig it!

Doug L
05-12-2012, 01:21 AM
Thanks, everyone, for the comments. Runmonty, after trying your suggestion - flipping the image horizontally - the original orientation works best for me, but thanks anyway.

vyeko
05-12-2012, 07:06 PM
Very nice graphic look.Love it.

Runmonty
05-12-2012, 07:52 PM
the original orientation works best for me.

The more I look at it, the more I agree with you. It was just a thought when I first looked at it. Hope I didnt offend. It is a really cool image.

Hillbillygirl
05-12-2012, 08:10 PM
Love this image Doug, and hope you framed it.

AcadieLibre
05-14-2012, 12:13 PM
Well done.

Doug L
05-15-2012, 12:37 AM
...Hope I didnt offend...
Not at all. I truly appreciate any and all comments about my photos, even if I decide not to follow suggestions. This is why I joined this forum in the first place - to tap into the technical knowledge and creative and artistic ideas of people in this community, in order to improve my photographic skills. So, thanks again Runmonty and everyone else.:)

Doug L
05-15-2012, 12:55 AM
In case this is of interest to anyone, these are the two shots (background & silhouette) that I used to creative the image. You'll notice how muted the colours are in the original background layer and the intrusive branches that I didn't keep in the silhouette layer.
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Also, here are two other background layers I've experimented with. Both are more defocused macro apple blossum shots.
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Iguanasan
05-15-2012, 11:22 AM
Very cool, thanks for sharing.. .funny the ad I'm seeing at the top of the page is for "green screen photography" :)

edG
05-16-2012, 05:44 PM
striking image- nicely done.

lindsayb
05-19-2012, 03:11 PM
I just love the simplicity of it. Very striking!