Tones or shades of any color(s) as the background to your subject

Challenge #16 in the Photos - miscelaneous topics series. Hosted by barb_s.
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This challenge requires varied shades of any color or colors as the background. Try to showcase a subject by having a background that does not distract, is not absent, yet adds interest to the picture by it's varied color, tone or shadowing. See examples. You might achieve it with lighting or a shallow depth of field to create the bokeh. Natural outdoor backgrounds may work too. Good luck!
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Lustrous Longhorn
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This is my 1:1 macro shot of a long-horned beetle. The surreal bokeh was produced from the glitters of the Christmas decor where I put the beetle in. It really gives the photo a "hallucinogenic" look, haha.
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Submitted: Thursday, 1st March, 2012 08:00 (GMT)
Taken: Monday, 6th June, 2011
Focal length: 55 mm
Shutter speed: 1/200 sec
Aperture: F11
ISO: 200
Notes: Handheld macro shot using a reverse-mounted kit lens. Pop-up flash with puffer diffuser used to aid in lighting.
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