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Old 10-07-2009, 11:28 AM   #11
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Great idea! Something natural! Are the subject seeds still attached to plants, or loose?
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Old 10-07-2009, 11:45 PM   #12
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Here are the good results of my experiment using black material from my fabric stash.
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Old 10-07-2009, 11:47 PM   #13
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Here's the bad and the ugly.
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Old 10-07-2009, 11:50 PM   #14
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I think the white and bright seeds are throwing off the meter. Suggestions for another background fabric color?
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Old 10-07-2009, 11:56 PM   #15
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A lighter color might do it. Did you try green or a more natural tan?
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Old 10-08-2009, 12:00 AM   #16
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I've tried black in the past, but the fabric had a distracting sheen to it. It seems to me that a flat or matte type background works better, but I never came up with a piece of black felt. I've tried lots of things; cardboard, white paper, white cardboard, and weathered wood seem to work as well as anything.

Fiesta ware, the color of the berries suggested the red, but maybe too much. The water didn't seem to hurt any:
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Old 10-08-2009, 12:13 AM   #17
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I only tried the black so far. I did see your photo on red. I thought about it for the Actaea pachypoda but didn't have any red fabric and I'd like a red with a different tone to it. I'm torn for a color to use for the Euonymus europaeus but the lighter green might work. I may have to buy a few different kinds of fabric for this. We know the black Xena suggested is going to work real well for some plant parts.
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Old 10-08-2009, 08:35 AM   #18
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Your camera's meter is equalizing the exposure to 18% gray. I suggest a gray background as close to that as you can get. Here is a product that is 18% gray ... stare at it and remember the shade, then buy/devise something that is about that shade.

Amazon.com: 18% Percent Neutral Gray Grey Card Digital Studio Location Photography: Camera & Photo

I would stay away from colors ... they usually impart a color cast to the object being photographed. Your 'unsuccessful' examples are both out of focus. The second exposure isn't that bad, it's the focus. Were you using the macro setting?

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Old 10-11-2009, 02:56 PM   #19
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Your suggestion worked!!! I couldn't get my hands on gray paper at the craft shop but I got some others that are working. The problem for me on the black is that I couldn't tell if it was in focus or not. The display is way too small and I couldn't see if the box was green or yellow before clicking. Here is where I played with the Euonymus europaeus.
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Old 10-11-2009, 02:58 PM   #20
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Ta Da!!!
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