Hazel Price  

Wilting Tulop by Hazel Price

June 2021 - Wilting Tulop

About the Image(s)

I watched as the petals on this tulip in my garden gradually drooped and ed as the tulip began to wilt and die. The overall shape became more interesting and the stamens in the centre of the flower became more accessible and on display. I took the flower indoors and photographed it with a black backdrop. I then added a texture which I chose to compliment the colours in the flower. I then reduced the opacity of the texture layer and brushed to reveal the flower beneath. I then duplicated the image and reduced the size of the second image to create a border from the one beneath.

7 comments posted

Brian Swinyard   Brian Swinyard
Hazel, This is a very competent piece of digital photography which I like very much. You have ticked the technical boxes of sharpness, exposure, colour saturation and composition. Your choice of colour palette is fabulous and it embues a wonderfully warm feeling. Even though the tulip is past its best, it nevertheless has provided you with an excellent subject to photograph. I love the gradient colours through the background framing. Congratulations and very well done. Your image would do well in external competitions. I hope you don't mind but I have created a triptych which reinforces the decay of the tulip as you visually travel from left-to-right from the colour version to the monochrome version.   Posted: 06/11/2021 13:12:27
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Hazel Price   Hazel Price
Thank you very much for your positive comments Brian. I have done several flower images with added textures during our lockdown periods and I think this may be the best . I was pleased with what you did to make it into a triptych. I would not have thought of that.   Posted: 06/11/2021 14:20:03

Janice Rosner   Janice Rosner
I think is a beautiful and well composed image. On my monitor, your color management looks very well done. My eye goes right to the top curves in the petals and then down to the bottom petal and back again. I also like how the flower fades in and out of sharpness, your chosen aperture seems to have been just right. I also like the texture your chose with colors that compliment but don't complete with the flower. Nicely planned and executed.   Posted: 06/12/2021 13:13:27
Hazel Price   Hazel Price
Than you for your constructive comments Janice. Much appreciated.
  Posted: 06/12/2021 15:04:09

Joan Field   Joan Field
Your use of colors and textures works so well. Goes to show that often the wilted, older image can be wonderful. Were you using the texture technique taught by Marie Altenburg of PSA? She will be giving us the talk in August.
I'm not sure if making a replica of the tulip and producing it as a reflection, sort of, works for me. I think the tulip just on its own would be enough. Lovely idea.
This is how Marie makes an interesting border that approaches what you were doing:
Open image. Make a rectangular marquee around the area that you want for the border. Copy it onto another layer. Go to the bottom layer and use the Curves tool in Photoshop. You will then see a really pretty border appear.   Posted: 06/14/2021 18:49:50
Brian Swinyard   Brian Swinyard
Joan, Hazel, Photographing wilted or dead flowers is a genre that has a good following on both sides of the pond. Just type an appropriate question into Google and see what comes up. There are many websites available.   Posted: 06/15/2021 10:31:12
Hazel Price   Hazel Price
Thanks Joan. I will try that. Just wondering if you think the tulip has a reflection? The bottom section is where the petals have folded down as it lost its strength but I must admit it does look a bit like a reflection of the top part.   Posted: 06/15/2021 15:39:19


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