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I don’t usually show what is edited in out my photos, but in the spirit of “wart” photos, here is first a Hibiscus. It is kept on top of the house oven. What that is, is an old style oven that is like a giant pizza oven, and the inside is made of lava rock. It is open to a section of the house, but provides very little warmth to the house. On the outside, there are tiles over it and I have a couple of platforms to set pots on. The hibiscus is new and I haven’t got around to putting it in the ground yet. It is named ‘Sri Lanka’.

There is a pot of nerines behind it, a piece of hose, and just not an attractive photo.
Since it is in a pot, it can be moved; so over to a rock that has grass behind it, and it changes how everything looks.

Of course I then had to pull out the backgrounds and put it up against them.

Then it was on to a lily. There was a store that sells agricultural things more than garden supplies, but they do sell various bulbs in open boxes with a photo and name that will soon be forgotten. I got some, planted them in a large pot with legs and waited for flowers. It is right by the oven and gets lots of sun. Just look at the mess it has to contend with.

I moved slightly and got a better picture.

Then I pulled out the backgrounds and got the best photos.

I have been playing around with the various colored backgrounds for my daylilies, stark close-ups that concentrate on the flower.
(Chartreuse Wonder x Here Lies Butch) x Natchez Lace

Crystal Blue Persuasion x Pico dos Porcos

‘Four Eyes’


‘Pico da Baleia’


‘Twisted Mint Julep’

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Interesting blog and interesting images Wylie.

22 Jun, 2022


great blog. I took unusual ones in the weird sunset the other night. You've encouraged me to pop them in a blog.

22 Jun, 2022


That must have taken !Which program did you use to do the outlines? And did you end up with a favoutrite?

22 Jun, 2022


Thanks! There are no outlines. That is why there are shadows like in the one of 'Skater', which was done with a flash. I took the photos using a sheet of colored plastic and the flower in the little vase you see in 'Pico dos Porcos'. They were taken from above and then squared off using the program supplied with W10. Nothing fancy, I found Gimp too complicated and assume the same with Photoshop. My favorite is 'Twisted Mint Julep' as the flower has the most movement, like a figure trying to dance.

22 Jun, 2022


Fab blog with wonderfully artistic pics, Wylie! Adore the warm, gorgeous colours! Great idea again with the background contrasts.

22 Jun, 2022


What a difference a change of background makes to the subject. Thank you for showing us.

22 Jun, 2022


Thanks so much, Wylie, for taking the time to show us what a difference the right (or wrong!) background makes to a flower!

23 Jun, 2022


Fascinating blog and some great photo's, I wouldn't dare try to do any of that, I'm useless at that sort of thing and would probably end up losing my photo's...

28 Jun, 2022


Glad everyone enjoyed the photos. It can get a bit complicated trying different places to get different results. The white background is the hardest to work with.

28 Jun, 2022

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