Ian Ledgard, GMPSA, EFIAP/p, AWPF, GPU-Cr4  

Tulip stem by Ian Ledgard, GMPSA, EFIAP/p, AWPF, GPU-Cr4

April 2021 - Tulip stem

April 2021 - Ian Ledgard, GMPSA, EFIAP/p, AWPF, GPU-Cr4


About the Image(s)

The starting image of the spent tulip was taken propped against a plasterboard wall. After basic tweaks in Camera Raw I used the healing brush to cover the major cracks and cloned out a small proportion of the lower stem so that it did not bleed into the edge. Cropped and then used the quick selection tool, selecting the subject (the tulip) before inverting and adjusting colour balance. Then I used the posterise option set at 30 levels. Now the oil paint filter and finished by saturating the tulip stem using the sponge tool before applying inner glow as the finishing touch.

5 comments posted

Mike Cowdrey   Mike Cowdrey
There have been a lot of dead and dying plant images over the years, and you have captured the feeling of the spent tulip well. I feel however that the background detracts from the tulip, in that the blue colour clashes with the green, and the grainy texture also spoils it slightly. I believe that if you re-photographed the tulip on an off-white, or slightly yellowed, smoother background, you would have a much more successful image!   Posted: 04/03/2021 05:55:55
Ian Ledgard   Ian Ledgard
I had already worked on other versions of this image and my clear intention in producing this version was that it should be 'in your face' vibrant and clearly altered reality.
Here is a mono version fromthe same session.   Posted: 04/11/2021 05:02:49
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Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
Very nice image and very nice composition but I agree with Mike about the background being a distraction. I don't mind the blue background but feel it should be not as vibrant and should be blurred.   Posted: 04/06/2021 09:17:58

David Blass   David Blass
I agree--this is a strong composition that shows the spent tulip well. I do think the background is a bit too cheerful for the theme of a dying flower.   Posted: 04/07/2021 07:05:43

Mark Southard   Mark Southard
Ilove the composition and the strong colors but the textured background seems to be a bit too strong.   Posted: 04/10/2021 16:06:31


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