Candy Childrey, PPSA  

White Tulip by Candy Childrey, PPSA

June 2022 - White Tulip

June 2022 - Candy Childrey, PPSA


About the Image(s)

My image this month is a white tulip that I have tried several times to edit with no success. This time I was able to create an image that is pleasing to me. I kind of went about it backwards since there were so many failures. I wanted to see if anything worked before tackling the details.
Studio 2 -burnt edges
Studio 2-watercolor lady - gave more detail and some backlighting to the flower
Next- clean up the messy leaves to simplify the background
Dodge the shadows on the flower
Correct white balance
Add two textures- flypaper lyme and flypaper creame
Nik's darken lighten center and vignette

12 comments posted

Steve Estill   Steve Estill
You've created a wonderful image with your well controlled treatment. It shows that perseverence has its rewards.
The detail you've brought out in the flower is superb and the simpification of the leaves with the textures works really well.
I think it would look very good printed and framed.   Posted: 06/03/2022 15:09:44

Brian Menzies   Brian Menzies
Candy, well created. Steve covered it well and background is excellent. I had a thought that pictorial might look better which i've uploaded but its not an improvement just personal taste. In Pictorial it feels more dynamic.   Posted: 06/03/2022 21:39:33
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Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Brian, the vertical configuration gives an entirely different feel. I really like this. I would probably flip it to anchor it in the right corner. Thanks for the new idea.

  Posted: 06/20/2022 14:22:53

Georgianne Giese   Georgianne Giese
You took a nice picture and turned it into a work of art! Well done Candy. I love the background texture and the burnt edges. Brian's rotation is also nice.   Posted: 06/05/2022 13:27:33

Gunter Haibach   Gunter Haibach
I like this image quite a lot. BTW - I refer to my many failures as experiments - a little kinder! A lot of thought has gone into this picture. Certainly a candidate for hanging on a wall. Beautiful background and nice, light touch on the flower. White flowers are actually my favourite to photograph, especially on my light box. I also had a crack to look at an alternate version - not better, but different - depending on your taste. I attempted to put more focus on the flower, which I found much more interesting than the leaves. Also lightened the flower just a titch more and added a wee bit of sharpening. I'd be interested in your take on this version.

  Posted: 06/13/2022 16:22:13
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Candy Childrey   Candy Childrey
Gunter, this is an interesting crop. However, it does not create the feel that I was looking for. This is only about the flower. I wanted it to be about the whole plant which includes the leaves. Thanks for the input.   Posted: 06/20/2022 14:27:57
Gunter Haibach   Gunter Haibach
Candy - OOOOps - Just had another look at the alternate version I send - and I'm flabbergasted that I did this - my quality control impulses certainly were not on the ball!!! The only positive thing I can say about this effort is, that it's a good example of heavy-handed, over processing that needs to be avoided at all cost - sorry I did that to your image.
  Posted: 06/21/2022 13:37:11
Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Hi Gunter, I really astonish how you make the flower petals back lighted. Do you mind to share your approach? Thank you.   Posted: 06/27/2022 02:11:00
Gunter Haibach   Gunter Haibach
Hi Frans - Fortunately Candy's white flower had a pretty good tonal range to start with. So I just "pushed" it a bit. Used "Levels Adjustment Layer" to get more separation between darks and lights, and used "Soft Light" blending mode.
BTW - I'm a follower of Blake Rudis P.S. education series - and he suggests that in almost all images the 3 primary tools are - Composition, Tonal Values, Colour. This of course on top of the normal settings of sharpness, exposure, etc   Posted: 06/27/2022 08:24:03
Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Hi Gunter, thanks for your tips and tricks.   Posted: 06/27/2022 18:37:10

Jan Handman   Jan Handman
This is gorgeous Candy. You did all the right things to bring out the best features of the flower and leaves. Isn't it funny how editing sometimes works and sometimes doesn't? I'm glad you kept trying with this one; it's stunning!   Posted: 06/18/2022 16:13:16

Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Hi Candy, I love how you alter ordinary flower image into a vintage fine art. You just choose the right background for the flower. Awesome work Candy.   Posted: 06/27/2022 02:08:07


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