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fuchsia on black



finally got a shot of this plant that I am happy with. just needed a black background to make the colours pop.

finally got a shot of this plant that I am happy with. just needed a black background to make the colours pop.
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gemeenie Premium
 
gemeenie June 22, 2013
what clarity, I love the black background and the fuchsias are so "photogenic"! Well done!
KelceyJean PRO
 
KelceyJean June 24, 2013
Beautiful!
hwishnick PRO+
 
hwishnick June 29, 2013
Fantastic!
AliAlzuhair
 
AliAlzuhair June 29, 2013
Nice!
gymmybob PRO+
 
gymmybob June 30, 2013
WOW!
JoanieP Premium
 
JoanieP July 03, 2013
stunning
lekahuie Premium
 
lekahuie July 03, 2013
Very colourful! nice and voted...
digger12 PRO
 
digger12 July 07, 2013
Beautiful
deniselabrecque
 
deniselabrecque July 12, 2013
Oh this is so beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
loveabug55
 
loveabug55 July 18, 2013
I have never cared much for these flowers.... but you have converted my thinking with this stunning capture!
sam58
 
sam58 July 25, 2013
this is so pretty, love how delicate the flower is and the dof is great !! v
JoanieP Premium
 
JoanieP August 02, 2013
very pretty , love these flowers
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta August 03, 2013
Simply gorgeous. Congratulations.
LaurieLarson PRO+
 
LaurieLarson August 03, 2013
Thank you so much to the ViewBug staff for the award and to all the people who have liked it, left comments and given recognitions!! As a relative newcomer to photography, who is very much still learning and experimenting, all the encouragement on this (and other photos) thrills me to no end!! : )
Thimbee
 
Thimbee August 03, 2013
Well done. Congrats
jleiweke
 
jleiweke August 03, 2013
Congrats!
ZachRosa
 
ZachRosa August 05, 2013
Congrats on the award
jojoxena
 
jojoxena August 05, 2013
"POP" they do,congrats on a great capture!
Flosno
 
Flosno August 05, 2013
Ohhh how I've tried to capture one like this, but no luck....this is beautiful....congrats on your award
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rmr731 August 06, 2013
Beautiful! Love that you have a dark background. Congrats!
andreaturno
 
andreaturno August 06, 2013
awesome. great work
janoogee
 
janoogee August 10, 2013
Fantastic image.
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RuwanFonseka August 13, 2013
congratulations. well composed image.
paultownley
 
paultownley August 15, 2013
Fantastic shot Laurie,beautiful vibrant colours................
LouisaAnn
 
LouisaAnn August 26, 2013
Beautiful!
Timbo
 
Timbo September 04, 2013
Well done....... Cheers
clarkl88
 
clarkl88 September 27, 2013
Beautiful shot.. the award of Staff Favorite is well deserved. wonderful work
Joebo PRO
 
Joebo October 09, 2013
Beautiful Photo. The colours do really POP:D. Joe
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sweetpea72 October 09, 2013
Gorgeous!! :)
Kazza60
 
Kazza60 October 09, 2013
Congratulations the award is well deserved .. those colours do "Pop"
traceprinslooreppin
 
traceprinslooreppin February 19, 2014
...oh wow, love this ~ composition, colours, lighting and in focus, superb Laurie :-)
onyanita Premium
 
onyanita April 22, 2014
divine! Congrats on the award.
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tmlakshmi August 04, 2014
good/ my favorite flower.
amuschik
 
amuschik October 22, 2014
Perfect!
roccochiara
 
roccochiara November 06, 2014
stupendamente magnifico!!!
bel contrasto e bei colori!
TopazPhotography
 
TopazPhotography July 10, 2015
LOVE it :D
jeffcohen
 
jeffcohen August 20, 2015
love the composition
tetvet PRO+
 
tetvet September 05, 2015
gorgeous
karaleverman
 
karaleverman September 09, 2015
very soft and beautiful vision
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sherrywhite_3552 September 09, 2015
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sherrywhite_3552
 
sherrywhite_3552 September 09, 2015
Gorgeous! ?
EverydayLivingMoments
 
EverydayLivingMoments October 29, 2015
Spectacular!
Ledopix
 
Ledopix November 04, 2015
So wonderful...
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots November 08, 2015
Amazing! Congrats.
nandicmb
 
nandicmb November 20, 2015
Congratulations on both your well-deserved Awards!
kennethstorey PRO+
 
kennethstorey January 17, 2016
Gorgeous image
suzanok
 
suzanok January 28, 2016
I love the bold colors!
angelafrance
 
angelafrance February 14, 2016
Stunning!
Deepuz
 
Deepuz June 28, 2016
awesome click....
BrianBasson PRO+
 
BrianBasson September 06, 2016
Great job.
TammieHillTucker
 
TammieHillTucker June 07, 2017
Beautiful!!
lupiephotog
 
lupiephotog June 16, 2017
What are these called? So beautiful!
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq June 23, 2017
Beautiful!

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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo in my backyard in Biggar, SK, Canada. It is one stem of a basket full of fuchsia flowers.
Time
This was taken mid-day, but it was in a shady area so the light wasn't too bright on the plant.
Lighting
I love this flower, its shape, its vibrant colour. I was not satisfied with other attempts I had made to capture its beauty because I always had them in baskets and not always hung in places that provided a good composition or background. I decided to try with a black background to isolate just one stem. I have a board covered in black velvet and I had my husband hold it for me behind the one stem I wanted to feature in the photo. The sunlight was coming from the west at mid-day but the pot was hanging in a shady spot so there was a perfect amount of light so I really didn't have to do any special lighting.
Equipment
I used a Canon T2i for this photo (and pretty much all my photos). I am a beginner and am still learning as I go through trial and error. My equipment is all very basic and I do what I can with what I have. My interest is in nature photography so I don't have a studio, just the great outdoors. When possible I get out to the countryside outside of Biggar to capture the fields and the sunsets but when I can't I focus on my backyard. My husband is an avid gardener so he provides most of the subjects for my photos.
Inspiration
I love colour! I live in an area with long, cold winters so like to capture as much colour as I can the rest of the year. I have experimented with black and white and find that occasionally I have photos more suited to that but find myself always coming back to bright colours. I liked how this photo turned out so well that I have started to take more photos of flowers using the black background. None have turned out quite as well as this one did though. It is still my favourite. I don't pick the flowers, just position the board behind them so it is tricky to get it just right. The lighting must be right and there can't be wind.
Editing
I cropped this a bit and increased that saturation a little bit, more to even out the black in the background but it also made the pink and purple pop.
In my camera bag
When in my yard, I don't bother with a bag, just grab my camera. I have a few different lenses added to my collection now, telephoto and wide angle, and I take those along when I go out in the country. I learned the hard way to have a spare battery, fully charged, in my bag when heading out of town.
Feedback
As I have said, I am a beginner and am still learning and experimenting. I am not sure I would be the best person to give advice. The only thing I would say, is try things. Experiment. Use what you have available to make your vision of what you want the photo to be happen. And don't give up. It can take many attempts to get the shot you want.

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