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Tulip bending after rainfall by Donna Sturla

May 2022 - Tulip bending after rainfall

About the Image(s)

I went to a lovely place called Crystal Hermitage gardens near Nevada City, 90 minutes from home. They open to the public once a year and the tulips are planted yearly - by the hundreds, brand new bulbs. It's amazing.
I took this with my Nikon D7000 and a Nikon 50 mm fixed lens, at F 3.2, 1/1000 sec., ISO 200. I loved the raindrops on the flower and the way it bent with the weight. The background was "messy" so I applied a green texture with a layer mask and then erased it where the flower is. Please offer any and all comments and critiques.

6 comments posted

Rich Krebs   Rich Krebs
I like to composition with the flower bending over with the water droplets. Definitely a different look.   Posted: 05/18/2022 15:48:01

Robert Cordivari   Robert Cordivari
I like the composition also and the water droplets are a nice touch. I only distraction I see is the upper third of the background. Otherwise, a really nice composition and finished product.   Posted: 05/18/2022 16:26:08

Doug Wolters   Doug Wolters
Nice shot. For me, the background is a little bright. Focus is also tricky. The sharpest place is the petal 2/3 up the flower; the brightst place is where it meets the stem. I would have preferred both those places being in focus.   Posted: 05/21/2022 16:09:19
Donna Sturla   Donna Sturla
Good point, thanks for that. I think I was focusing on the water drops. Which I did not put there, it had just rained.
focus, focus, focus. light, light, light. All so important .
Thanks !   Posted: 05/21/2022 19:18:01
Doug Wolters   Doug Wolters
What is a good tutorial to learn how to apply textures?   Posted: 05/21/2022 19:47:17
Donna Sturla   Donna Sturla
I took a class from Bryan Peterson School of Photography, teacher was Kathleen Clemons. You can also take a class directly from her, just google her name and look for her classes. You have to buy the textures or try to create your own (harder than you think) but her classes are great.   Posted: 05/21/2022 20:00:52


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