Lauren Heerschap  

Striped Tulip by Lauren Heerschap

June 2020 - Striped Tulip

June 2020 - Lauren Heerschap


About the Image(s)

This tulip I photographed in my garden, and was striped red and white to start with. I decided to have some fun with it and make it a bit more swirly with Photoshop using the Liquify tool and filters. The tulip bulb was imported from Holland, an unusual striped variety to begin with. The original .jpg that I took on my Olympus camera, using a photo stacking method that produces in camera a .jpg. It is stacked with 8 .orf images to get it clear from top to back of the tulip, looking down into it. The settings on the camera were ISO 200, 60 mm, f2.8, 1/1000, and I was using an Olympus macro lens. I took it into Photoshop and also sharpened it and improved dynamic range color in On-1. In Photoshop I cloned the left upper edge green onto the right upper edge green. Then in Photoshop I used a Liquify filter to pull the edges more into a swirl. The finished photo is
labeled "Creative".

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6 comments posted

Karl Leck   Karl Leck
Hi Lauren, I must say that I'm not normally fond of swirly flowers which a lot of folks do with quick software slider and then present it as a wonderful creative piece even though it's the software developer who did the work. BUT, I immediately saw that this image was different and had real artistic thought behind it. The description reinforced and amplified that thought. You chose a marvelous flower to work with. The fact that your focus stacking effort yielded such a sharp flower helps elevate it in 3-D from the background. The work you put into the background gives the impression of many birds flying hither and yon. I really like the result and appreciate your thought and work. Karl   Posted: 06/09/2020 13:44:05

Marie Miller   Marie Miller
Hi Lauren,
I love tulips and to think that I've never photographed one yet! I can tell you're a passionate artist. Love your bold colors and the color combinations. What a fun image!   Posted: 06/09/2020 23:25:11

Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
Gorgeous and creative! In general, I love what you did in post-processing, but I might have toned down the green on all sides just a bit in order to give a little more emphasis to the tulip.   Posted: 06/12/2020 15:50:16

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
What a beautiful tulip. It is reminiscent of the broken tulips that caused madness in the age of reason, and the first stock market crash in Holland in the early 1600s. Today they are created through clever genetics, but in the 17th C they were created by a virus we now call Tulip Breaking virus. Your creative processing highlights the feathery striations for which the broken tulip is known. Aside: the tulips are called "broken" because the solid color typical of tulips in the 17th C was "broken" by the striations.   Posted: 06/12/2020 22:56:34

May Meng   May Meng
I love the way you play with photoshop like your painting brush to furnish it as a new art piece of creating! I think it will be more fun if you add some faces shape or body shapes around since there are some edges of tulip has a hand or profile face feeling, which very impression and modern. Love the color,Lauren!   Posted: 06/12/2020 23:14:53

Valerie Pohio   Valerie Pohio
This is an interesting and rather creative image Lauren. It's a bit busy for me, but I enjoy the idea...the strong, bold swirls of gorgeous colour. I wonder if desaturating the green areas might make it less frantic, but as ever, it's personal taste. It is fun trying all the wonderful tools available to us in post processing, isn't it! Yes, Creative it is!!   Posted: 06/12/2020 23:20:01