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Soft, Ruffled Tulip

Posted by
Barbara Kile (Ft. Worth, United States) on 1 April 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

When I saw this tulip plant, it was a love affair. So, I bought it and I've been having a blast playing with it. When it's bloomed out, I'll plant it!
Image taken with the Lensbaby Composer, with Soft Focus Optic, and the macro lens kit.

NIKON D300 1/8 second ISO 200

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Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

This is the most sensuous photo I've seen in a long while. Just SOOOOO extraordinarily lovely.

1 Apr 2010 7:04am

@Dulcie: I'm still experimenting, but I feel I'm getting there. Thanks for the nice comment, Dulcie! See my response to Jack below. :-)

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

so soft and intruiging! the colours are spectacular ;) I totally understand your speciescrossing loveaffair ;D Have a great day Barbara!

1 Apr 2010 7:15am

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Exquisite subtle colors. Nice one

1 Apr 2010 8:06am

Florence from Paris, France

Simply exquisite, a delicate perfume comes out of here. How awesome.

1 Apr 2010 10:54am

foto-rolero54 from Belgium

splendid picture!

1 Apr 2010 12:20pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Very mystical. I've had the Composer since it first came out, but have hardly used it.

1 Apr 2010 2:58pm

@john4jack: Last week I posted on FB that if someone heard me say I was going to buy another Lensbaby to slap me! :-) (I've bought everyone they make!) I asked for suggestions because I wasn't getting the look I wanted, despite the Soft Focus optic and macro lenses. And who should comment but Kathleen Clemons - ms. Lensbaby. LOL. She said stack one of the 'soft focus' aperture rings - with a big hole, plus a regular 2.8 ring, use the 4x macro lens on the front and get close. I started getting more the look I wanted. Try again and let's see some stuff! Thanks for stopping by, Jack.

Larry Lefever from Lititz, United States

Very nice! Subtle colors work so well.

1 Apr 2010 3:29pm

violette from BRUXELLES, Belgium

a beautiful and romantic picture ...
J'adore !

1 Apr 2010 10:46pm

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

So sensuous and lush. I love it.

1 Apr 2010 11:27pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Oh Barbara....I just ADORE this shot......so soft, and those pastel colors.....I think I'm in love!!!! Gorgeous work!!!!

2 Apr 2010 12:17am

@Susan: Thanks, Susan!

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

That is amazing - I like the soft feel and the tones - Fantastic!

2 Apr 2010 4:23am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Fantastic!!! Lovely lighting and tones.

2 Apr 2010 5:53am

Ron from Saint Louis, United States

So, so beautiful, Barbara ... I love how this shows off the ruffled features of this tulip -- its unique character ... the colors/tones, composition and shallow/soft DOF make for a luscious work of art. I've seen some beautiful Lens Baby work on your other site ... kind of surprised to read what you've written to Jack -- but, then again, I know how frustrating it can be to be working with such shallow DOF! You're tempting me to take the plunge into the Lens Baby composer world ... if for no other reason than to explore new horizons. Thanks for the inspiration this morning, Barbara ... I'm off to the office early -- I have tulips to photograph!

2 Apr 2010 9:44am

@Ron: Yea - can't wait to see some! I guess I was using a wrong combo of aperture rings with the Soft Focus Optic and had no idea really that I could stack 2 rings together. The LB is a different animal - I can put on my 105 mm macro with a 500D on the end of the lens and I know what I'll get - I have to switch gears with the LB. Thanks, Ron!

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Soft, fragile and really beautiful!

2 Apr 2010 12:15pm

Steve from Camdenton, United States

Fantastic photo! Looks like the practice and combination of rings is paying off. I don't know anything about a lensbaby but, like others, I'm getting curious.

3 Apr 2010 6:38am

Nina from Hamburg, Germany

Such a beautiful Image... wonderful light and these soft colours are so pretty!

3 Apr 2010 11:47am

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Barbara, this is absolutely beautiful! The lines, the color, the soft focus-very well done!

3 Apr 2010 3:39pm

Dawn from Maryland, United States

Wow. Now this is the definition of a macro shot. Breathtaking and silky smooth!

3 Apr 2010 5:22pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom


4 Apr 2010 7:15am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

I believe this is......<dreaming about a tulip>......The softness is amazing....

4 Apr 2010 11:50am

Marilyn Cornwell from Toronto, Canada

Very beautiful composition and focus, Barbara! Happy Easter!

4 Apr 2010 1:23pm

@Marilyn Cornwell: Thank you, Marilyn. We had a wonderful Easter and hope you and yours did too!

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Thank you, everyone, for stopping by to comment - I appreciate your visit!

12 Apr 2010 2:17am

Marie from FRESNES, France

c'est plein de douceur, c'est magnifique.

13 Apr 2010 8:16pm

@Marie: Thank you Marie!

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