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Purple Iris

Purple Iris
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Copyright: Tim Epp (BillyGoat) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 28 N: 899] (4827)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-07
Categories: Flowers
Camera: OLYMPUS E-500, Zuiko 14-45mm f/3.5-5.6, Hoya 58 mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-09 21:36
Viewed: 3457
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I found a small grove of these beauties growing along a fence near a beach along Lake Osoyoos in SW British Columbia. I singled one out and went for the close-up/ blurred BG shot, which looked alright initially, but I wanted to give the flower a bit more clarity and depth so this is what I did:

Taking the magic wand lasso with edge detection, I outlined the FG flower and it's two buds below with a feathering of 5 pixels. I then inverted the selection, so that everything but the flower is now selected.
I then took my clone brush with a radius of some 150 pixels in the original image which I was working with, abd set the opacity at 34%. I then applied broad strokes around the flower, using the more even tones of green more to the left of the photo, and applying it all around the flower to the FG stalks in order to give it more of a blurred effect and also enabling the FG stalks to blend in more with the BG green. Having the flower selection inverted meant that everything BUT the flower would get the cloning strokes applied, so the sharp edges of the flower remained intact.
This left a sharp and clear flower with a blurred and blended background. I also applied additional sharpening to the flower after the cloning was done.

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Hi Tim,
Superb capture. Blury BG, sharp and clear details. Well done. Bravo!
Composition : 5
Sharpness : 5
Colour : 5
Depth Of Field: 5
Point Of View : 5
Background : 5
Contrast : 5
Focus : 5

Framework : -
Note : 5

Selamlar / Regards.

Wow Tim!
She seems like wanting to tell us something. This is a very expressive attitude from a flower :) Thanks!

Salut Tim
Quel magnifique prise de vue avec ce superbe macro de cette belle fleur mauve.! Les couleurs sont sublimes.La composition est très belle ainsi que les détails!
Merci et au revoir....JP

Thanks for the informative note. This is a beautiful shot. Purple jumps out of picture.

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