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Graceful Embrace

Posted by
Barbara Kile (Ft. Worth, United States) on 5 April 2010 in Abstract & Conceptual and Portfolio.

This is the same tulip as the previous image with the peach color and touches of green. Here the tulip is 'all grown up' - almost fully opened and still showing off it's ruffles. I gave it some 'pop' with Nik ColorEfex Pro.

Flowers so often portray grace and personality and this tulip seemed to do that for me. The green leaves seemed to reach up in such a graceful way as if to embrace the flower. I had a texture that seemed to work well with this lovely tulip and applied it with 55% opacity in multiply blending mode and painted off most of the tulip.

NIKON D300 1/2 second F/16.0 ISO 200 157 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

I love the ruffled edges and the way you have softened them with the texture. Very graceful and romantic !!

5 Apr 2010 6:30am

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

the treatment is awesome, well done

5 Apr 2010 6:50am

Larry Lefever from Lititz, United States

Very graceful and works well with the texture.

5 Apr 2010 8:49am

Guido from Heusden-Zolder, Belgium

Very nice, Barbara! I looks like e real painting.

5 Apr 2010 9:50am

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

very wonderful "drawing" effect !
five stars !
kiss !

5 Apr 2010 3:31pm

Magrat from Germany

So wonderful... love the way you used a gradient with your textured background (well, I think you did so... ;) ) Excellent work, Barbara! Wish you still a nice Easter Monday... :)

5 Apr 2010 4:37pm

@Magrat: Thank you, Magrat! It was actually a 2-toned texture.

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Super !

5 Apr 2010 4:43pm

Tomas Turecek from Czech Republic

Beautiful tulip, greatly composed. The light is also excellent making the colours very delicate. And the texture matches it perfectly.

5 Apr 2010 4:54pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Fabulous. Your processing is exceptional.

5 Apr 2010 9:25pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

It's a beautiful image....but hardly looks like the petals of a tulip...but beautiful, regardless!!!

5 Apr 2010 10:32pm

@Susan: Just a different species of tulip. The plant is very 'top heavy' now, the blooms are full and wide - weird, huh? Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Susan!

℗яŐ.И†ИИ ¥ from Tehran, Iran

great picture... well done

6 Apr 2010 9:06am

ripple from Nottingham, United Kingdom

I love the work you put in your photos. I works wonderfully

6 Apr 2010 12:33pm

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

Stunning! The tulip is gorgeous, as is your image and post processing! Do you happen to know the name of the Tulip?

6 Apr 2010 4:03pm

@Anita: Hi, Anita and thank you. I hope this finds you doing well. I got the plant at Lowes and there is a sticker on the outside of the pot that says 'Tulip.' If there was a label stuck in the soil, I must have lost it. There are so many varieties of tulips that it would be nice to find a name for this one!

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

This is gorgeous, Barbara. I like the focus on the petals. I am continually impressed by the textured backgrounds that you apply to your images!

7 Apr 2010 10:18am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

Gorgeous! The perfect title for this very exquisite piece of art. BRAVO!

8 Apr 2010 4:02am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Tulips have just started blooming here, around Yokohama! I must say they put more colours in the gardens! And their shapes are getting, year after year, hard to recognize.....some look live peonies!
Yours is simply gorgeous...as if saying <ain't I a beauty?>

8 Apr 2010 11:17am

Steve from Camdenton, United States

Nice composition with the leaves of the tulip gently pointing upwards to the flower! Nice color and detail.

9 Apr 2010 1:12am

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

I am laughing at the labe that says "tulip." I hope it blooms for your next year as it is a beauty.

11 Apr 2010 12:18pm

@Anita: Yeah, that was really informative! Duh.... LOL. I am hoping for next year too! What should I do with the plant? Cut off the foliage and store the bulbs now?

Paul Hartley from Toronto|Bancroft, Canada

Beautifully done

11 Apr 2010 7:40pm

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

I am not an expert, but my suggestion would be to plant the tulip and leave the foliage on it. The foliage is what will bring nourishment to the bulb for next year's bloom. That is why we are advised not to cut the foliage on daffodils. You might give it a little bulb food--bone meal.

13 Apr 2010 10:24am

@Anita: Awesome - thanks, Anita.

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Thanks to everyone for stopping by and commenting on 'Graceful Embrace!'

16 Apr 2010 5:20pm

1/2 second
ISO 200
157 mm (35mm equiv.)