Bob Benson, FPSA, EPSA  

Tulip Detail Abstract by Bob Benson, FPSA, EPSA

February 2021 - Tulip Detail Abstract

February 2021 - Bob Benson, FPSA, EPSA


About the Image(s)

Instead of going back to something I took pre Covid, I just recently was taking some spring flowers inside that my wife got, and this tulip was past prime, so I opened it up to take the inside. The original image was one of four I put together as a focus stack in Helicon Focus. From there I took it into PS, made some minor adjustments and finally decided I wanted more impact. So i used the Topas plugin Glow, which adds an edge glow effect. I actually tried several versions in different layers and then blended them for this final.
100 mm macro at f16 on tripod

This round’s discussion is now closed!
7 comments posted

Bob Rosenberg   Bob Rosenberg
What you did with the flower petals in the back is amazing. When I compare your original photo, I sort of like how the purple pistels looked in the original. Lots of detail and color there.   Posted: 02/02/2021 09:23:29

Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
Hey Bob, Your thumbnail showed up on my post instead of mine. Could you check-- Thanks! B.   Posted: 02/05/2021 07:38:55

Belinda Hudnall Keller   Belinda Hudnall Keller
Nice effect. The glow really makes this pop! I think your edits, blending, took this into a nice 'zone' without making it overly electrified. I especially like the minute details revealed in the pollen and in the tiny bristles on the stigma. The bold colors are unique to the flower and it's a very striking image as an abstract. Very creative!   Posted: 02/08/2021 16:46:04

Anges van der Logt   Anges van der Logt
This is a very nice abstract image made from an original which was already a very nice image! For me personally, I like the original better with its fine details and soft colours, but I can certainly see the potential for such an abstract image! Very creative!   Posted: 02/08/2021 22:16:54

Jose Cartas   Jose Cartas
These (original and final) are two photos with completely different feeling. In a way, I prefer the original, which is more subtle. But I understand what you wanted to achieve with your adjustments, and you got a very striking image. The colors are dramatic, and they complement each other very well. Also, a lot of texture on the petals. The only thing I would do is to eliminate the white spot on the left anther.   Posted: 02/10/2021 21:24:05

Tony Au Yeong   Tony Au Yeong
I think you have achieved a lot in providing details including the texture and colors of the tulip. The focus stacking has made it sharp from the front to the back. A beautiful image! I agree with Jose that the white spot on the left anther can be removed.   Posted: 02/12/2021 10:12:01

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
I like the detail and texture that you have brought out in the purple stamens. The colors are complimentary and your composition is spot on.   Posted: 02/12/2021 12:34:32