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Fuschia Orchids

Posted by
Barbara Kile (Ft. Worth, United States) on 1 March 2010 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

Well, this proves that anything can be a texture. This orchid was in our hotel lobby and I positioned it so a gold-color stuffed chair was the out-of-focus background color. I liked the color combo, as it made a good contrast in colors, but was a bit uneven. I always take flower portraits with the idea of combining them with a texture at some point. And I'm always looking for textures to photograph when I'm out with a camera.

For the main texture: From a helicopter ride, among the other gorgeous scenes below, I grabbed some images of the ocean below, with the idea of using the images as a texture. Using the hue command, I changed the color from blue to gold, reduced the saturation and overlaid it over the flower. I painted some of the texture off the flower using an adjustment layer, adjusted the opacity, used a bit of Viveza2 and this is the result. Bet you wouldn't have guessed that the texture was an image of the ocean!

NIKON D300 1/25 second F/5.6 ISO 400 157 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Tomas Turecek from Czech Republic

Ok, ok, you won! I didn't dare to think that the texture might be a photo of ocean :o) The backround colour excellently supports the beautiful blossoms and helps them to stand out. Imagination of human beings is unlimited, isn't it so?

1 Mar 2010 7:48am

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

very nice flower and a great presentation !
kiss !

1 Mar 2010 4:20pm

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

Wow what a great result from the chair as your background. I really thought you fused in the background. To have something turn out so naturally beautiful is a gift. Good job!

1 Mar 2010 4:47pm

@Self-Indulgence: Thank you. The chair was really the first 'texture' and the altered ocean image the 2nd texture. Those were blended to the main image.

payam from tehran, Iran

good job!

1 Mar 2010 6:53pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Once again, you are very good at what you do!

1 Mar 2010 7:13pm

Vert Pomme from Montreuil Sous Bois, France

Les couleurs sont magnifiées. Félicitations.

1 Mar 2010 10:13pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, United States

Doesn't look at all like the ocean....the magic of software.......Nice work!!

2 Mar 2010 12:27am

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Exquisite. A beautiful work of art!! Very cool process.

2 Mar 2010 1:41am

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Awesome effect here Barbara. Now I can see the background texture as an ocean! Is this from the same helicopter ride that you got that great ocean shot that you posted on BPN?

2 Mar 2010 2:16am

@Julie Brown: Yup, same helicopter! That was SO fun. Thanks for stopping by!

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

You are right--I would have never guessed what the texture was. Good job! This color combination works beautifully! Lovely image! Question: did you use tripod when taking image of the Orchid?

2 Mar 2010 8:29am

@Anita: Thanks, Anita! yes, I use a tripod pretty much all the time. (Not in the helicopter though! lol)

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

This is simply wonderful! I love the quiet composition, and subtle treatment.

2 Mar 2010 4:52pm

Nadia McIlhany from Fairfax, United States

very nice - I was gonna guess wood grain until I read chair. nice texture.

2 Mar 2010 8:13pm

@Nadia McIlhany: And..... add the ocean pattern too. :-) Thanks!

Jocelyn Canfield from United States

Gorgeous Barbara. Has an asian feel.

3 Mar 2010 11:44am

@Jocelyn Canfield: Thank you, Jocelyn!

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Like the diagonal of the composition with open and closed flowers and the harmony of colors.

3 Mar 2010 10:30pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, United States

New blog name for me.......if i'm on your blogwatch....gotta change it....Now, I'm at:

4 Mar 2010 2:19am

@Susan: Will change my bookmark, Susan. Thanks.

Marie from FRESNES, France

magnifique !

5 Mar 2010 3:20pm

Maben Polanski from Pune, India

Oh.. The end-effect is brilliant!.. This is so much closer to art!.. :)

7 Mar 2010 5:40am

Suzanne from Huntington Bch, California, United States


7 Mar 2010 9:05pm

Silverado Photography from Clearlake, United States

Flowers are your forte!

13 Mar 2010 8:06pm

@Silverado Photography: Thanks!

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Thank you all for stopping by!

14 Mar 2010 3:32pm

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

The composition is superb! And your ideas are an inspiration to all of us!

19 Mar 2010 6:51am

@Japanalia: Thank you so much!

1/25 second
ISO 400
157 mm (35mm equiv.)