Visited a friend with a beautiful garden...

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  1. Lyanna

    Lyanna TPF Noob!

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    And took some pics, obviously. I think these three are the best of the lot. What do you think?


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    This one kept still so I could take some pics. Very generous of him :D
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    Some poppies that were bloomed out. The DOF is rather weird, I know, but it appeals to me
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    This one gives me the feeling as if I were buried in an entire field of these bright orange flowers. Which I wasn't really, twas just a patch :)
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    Very nice!
    I love the DOF on #3.

    Good job!
     
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    the shots are great and the "natural" frames are fantastic.

    maybe you can explain how you did it (the frames)?
    i tried everything i know but can't achieve the same effect.
     
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    Very nice work!
     
  5. Lyanna

    Lyanna TPF Noob!

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    :p thanks! I really really enjoyed myself in that garden *g*

    Sk8man: it's actually really simple. Too bad though that I can't really automate it. What I do is this: I take Photoshop and I do everything to the pic I need to do (adjustment etc). Then, I hit "canvas size" and resize the image to 1024 by 768, which makes for better viewing.

    Then, I save. Then, I go back to canvas size again, and subtract 50 pixels on each side. This makes the pic smaller, obviously. I select whats left of the pic, copy it, then hit "step backwards" twice, which undoes the selection AND the subtraction. Then, I hit paste. I now have a background which is 1024 by 768, and a layer which is 50 pix smaller on each side.

    I make the background layer darker with the help of "curves" under the "image - adjust" option. This is what creates the slightly darker border. And I add a stroke of an appropriate color (2px) to the smaller layer, which makes it stand out. Sometimes I also add a little shadow.

    Voila! It may sound like a lot of work but when you get the hang of it, it is done under 5 minutes.
     
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    tnx lyana, gonna try that.
     
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    mentos_007 The Freshmaker!

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    Lyanna! Fascinating photos :) You should put them in the critique gallery :) Wow, your friend has frogs in a garden? wow :p
    The second one is also great. And, fact, Dof is strange but nice. Although this blurred first popy is distracting me. And the last has beautiful colors :)
     
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    I agree, nice photos
     
  9. hobbes28

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    These are very good. Nice work.
     
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    beautiful :D
     
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    Great shots, the colors are magnificent! Love the DOF in 3 as well as the angle.
     
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    I love the colors you have on these pictures especially the last one. The group of flowers in the last one makes for a wonderful background.
     

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