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Textured Narcissus

Posted by
Barbara Kile (Ft. Worth, United States) on 9 January 2012 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Well, I had maybe a few shots left on these 'paper whites' that had bloomed before Christmas and I turned my back and it fell on the floor. So, it's literally on its last leg, but managed a decent shot. :)

Taken against a fabric texture and added 2 textures in PS.

NIKON D300 1/15 second F/11.0 ISO 200 157 mm (35mm equiv.)

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MissT from Chicagoland, United States


9 Jan 2012 6:19am

janina from Melbourne, Australia

Another beauty ! I had always assumed you had the flowers in a vase... :OD

9 Jan 2012 8:27am

@janina: Thanks, Janina. Yup, not many flowers growing here that are photo worthy! :)

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom


9 Jan 2012 9:14am

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

Beautiful! Graceful! A joy to look at! The orange stamens add the perfect touch. Using fabric as a background is such a good idea. I think I will try it. I would never know these lovely flowers had fallen on the floor. :-)

9 Jan 2012 9:48am

@Anita: Thanks, Anita! The fabric was a slight muted green tone - a burlap kind of look. You really can't tell from this shot, but with 2 textures added on it wouldn't be distinguishable - it just added another tone really. Which iphone did you get? Hate it that you lost yours!

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

This is wonderful Barbara! Bravo! ;-)

9 Jan 2012 12:53pm

Riccardo from Rome, Italy

Great! 5*!

9 Jan 2012 5:23pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

So beautifully done! Such a bummer that they jumped ship, but they look perfect here!

9 Jan 2012 9:57pm

@Tracy: Thanks, Tracy. Jumped ship is a good one! They are a bit skewed from what they were - but was able to salvage them. :)

mimicy from Bordeaux, France

Jolie composition ... compliments

9 Jan 2012 10:11pm

Phil David Morris 2011 from Saskatoon, New York, Canada

So beautiful, you play so creatively and I had to try similar results on some of
the pictures I was creating. You turn these into beautiful photo paintings and
I can see you work to perfection. Magnificent.

9 Jan 2012 10:32pm

@Phil David Morris 2011: Thank you! Please post some of your creations!

omid from mashhad, Iran

so Beautiful!!!

9 Jan 2012 10:37pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

exquisite. wonderful texture and frame

10 Jan 2012 12:03am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

A more conservative rendition, but as enticing! These little flowers are very brave, they battle the cold of winter and bloom around our neighbourhood in January!

10 Jan 2012 10:49am

Moein from Bandar-e-Anzali, Iran

Excellent :)

10 Jan 2012 3:35pm

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Wow...a picture of purity!

10 Jan 2012 3:37pm

Hanry from Castricum, Netherlands

Beautiful shot, the tender white flowers are displayed beautifully.

10 Jan 2012 9:36pm

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Wow, love the translucent 'papery' quality of the petals. Beautiful shot. Glad you caught it at the last moment !!

10 Jan 2012 9:40pm

mimicy from Bordeaux, France

Joliment dessiné .... un belle et charmante présentation ... compliments

10 Jan 2012 10:21pm

janina from Melbourne, Australia

Oh, barbara, you are so droll...here's what I was responding to: 'Taken against a fabric texture'. Therefore, my response was, I had always assumed they were in a vase (not lying against a piece of fabric). All your images of flowers look as if they are standing in a vase. I'm sure Texas must have some flowers that grow in nature and that are picture-worthy, surely!! What about the yellow rose of texas, the song about which we are all familiar? Or doesn't that grow in your region? best, :OD

11 Jan 2012 5:16am

@janina: Droll? What's that? Sometime I'll have to take a picture of my macro studio set up and post it. I hang white behind my vase of flowers - this time it was a beige/green toned burlap, which added texture. Texas is in a drought. Our botanical garden in town hasn't recovered yet. We are known for wildflowers in the spring, but that depends on fall rains. Lakes are 13 feet below normal. Can't even use boat docks - the lake shores are dried up. Livestock dying - no water. Hopefully, the 2 botanical gardens in the area will be growing something by spring. I often have to travel to the east coast to photograph flowers - seriously! I do the best with what I have available - which usually means I buy my flowers!

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

This does not look like it is on it's last leg at all. Lovely.
I don't think most folks have any idea about the drought here. We were just reading in the paper about how many MILLIONS of trees have died and will die in our state before next year! ;-( None of my (few) flowers bloomed last summer, but I do have a nice crop of young bluebonnet plants filling a flower bed in my back yard. Maybe you can come over and shoot some if they do well this spring.

11 Jan 2012 11:41pm

@B. Thomas: Thanks! Yeah, I'd love to come find flowers with you! There's a place over here that has bluebonnets and paintbrush in a huge lot behind their home. They had a few last year. Anything is a plus! We can keep our fingers crossed! (and pray for no wind).

1/15 second
ISO 200
157 mm (35mm equiv.)