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Opening.....

Posted by
Barbara Kile (Ft. Worth, United States) on 11 September 2009 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

This half-opened lily just seemed to be a good macro shot. Applying a texture however was a challenge, as the lily filled most of the frame. What I did not want was a static feel, nor did I want a competing texture. What I did want was to set the lily apart from its background and retain the white.

So, I chose one of my tile/stone textures, changed the hue, and applied it with low opacity and overlaid my white linen layer with a different blending mode. I ended up painting most of the texture off the flower to give the flower a bit of 'pop' against the background.

NIKON D300 3 seconds F/22.0 ISO 200 157 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Tomas Turecek from Czech Republic

I think that you did pretty well with this and you achieved what you wanted - the flower really pops up. The soft delicate colours are very nice and the sharpness of anthers is excellent. This would have to be printed out on a big format to fully enjoy the pleasure of the look. Excellent work!

11 Sep 2009 7:17am

@Tomas Turecek: Thanks, Tomas! Post some new work! :-)

maia_t from Cluj Napoca, Romania

A lot of work with an amazing end result. It looks wonderful, so delicate.

11 Sep 2009 8:30am

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

Good,The colors and light are beautiful.

11 Sep 2009 1:21pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Wonderful work! (and it sounds like a lot of work!) It turned out beautifully!

11 Sep 2009 2:18pm

@Tracy: Painting on this flower is pretty easy. This stuff is trial and error, but it keeps me off the streets. :-) Thanks so much, Tracy!

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Beautiful composition!

11 Sep 2009 6:34pm

Eldiablo from over the rainbow, Monaco

emotionnal !

11 Sep 2009 8:13pm

Rockey from Warren County, New Jersey, United States

Another Beauty!

12 Sep 2009 12:28am

Lee from Fort Frances Ontario, Canada

Beautiful shot of this lily. Exceptional processing.

12 Sep 2009 1:57am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

A very beautiful close-up, love the delicate tones. Great work Barbara.

12 Sep 2009 11:59am

Lalena from Barcelona, Spain

So wonderful! Excellent 5 stars what delicated!!! So pretty

12 Sep 2009 7:44pm

Anina from Auckland, New Zealand

This is so beautiful! I love the tones. Great processing once again :)

12 Sep 2009 9:08pm

Veronelle from Lens, France

great pinky idea i like it

13 Sep 2009 10:58am

PATRICK from miramas, France

wow excellent just 5 stars

13 Sep 2009 3:39pm

Barbara Kile from United States

Thank you all for the feedback. Appreciate you!

14 Sep 2009 10:25pm

Matt from Gainesville, United States

Pretty deft touch with use of the texture- really makes for an expressive image here.

15 Sep 2009 1:50am

Eduardo from Bahia Blanca, Argentina

The macro is excellente, and the post processing too...

15 Sep 2009 12:17pm

Barbara Kile from United States

Thank you Matt and Eduardo for the nice comments.

15 Sep 2009 1:06pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

You named it - Opening , I would say - sleeping in a pink satin :)) BEautiful !

16 Sep 2009 3:55pm

@MARIANA: Thanks, Mariana! Thanks for stopping by!

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

Fantastic!

21 Sep 2009 9:33pm

@Earnest: Thank you, Earnest!

/\/\ ! /\/ /\ from Tehran, Iran

Perfect shot!

15 Oct 2009 12:48pm

@/\/\ ! /\/ /\: Thank you!

NIKON D300
3 seconds
F/22.0
ISO 200
157 mm (35mm equiv.)

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