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By franfoto
A tulip passed it's best before date with a fallen petal creating a window for the stamen.

I processed this in Nik software 'colour effex pro 3.0' choosing the vignette filter option so that I could, by playing around with the options, get rid of a somewhat cluttered background. I finished off in PS working with layers and masks to bring some detail back into the flower.
I did several shots of these dying tulips, I was interested in their varying stages of decay and I am enjoying experimenting with them so taking all comments on board from my last upload, I realise that less is more in some cases and I quite like the simplicity of this one.

I really appreciate all the comments and critique and thanks to all who offered their time to do mods.

Have a good week everybody

Fran (13th June.....added a little tonal contrast and uploaded another version)

Tags: Specialist and abstract Flowers and plants Digitally manipulated Digital art

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RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
12 Jun 2011 6:54PM
The processing that you describe is all double dutch to me, Fran, but what I can say is that the result is truly excellent.
Jestertheclown 12 8.4k 253 England
12 Jun 2011 7:12PM
I understand what you're saying Fran.

Worked well, hasn't it. I'd be pleased to have arrived at the result that you've got.
I shall be interested to see what the others think.

banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4200 Canada
12 Jun 2011 7:15PM
Gorgeous image Fran, - have suggested a little more space around the flower in a mod, with the centre slightly brighter, - hope it works for you.


iancrowson Plus
10 215 168 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2011 7:30PM
Dead flowers seem to be a popular subject, you have a good image of one here. Great detail and light.
I think I understand your process.
The bits left at bottom left and bottom right are a little intrusive. Seeing the stem and leaves looks fine, they put the head into context, give it some where to belong.
Around the bud the transition from vignette looks a little messy, maybe a softer brush with less opacity might have helped. You could have used a layer with mask (fill with black and paint with white) above the flower or the erase tool to very lightly reveal the parts you wanted to show. The layer could have been solid colour or a texture if you wanted more interest. Play with blending modes too. (if you didn't)
Photographing the flower against an interesting plain or textured /coloured background and then applying layers using blending can produced nice results too.
Difficult to critique. I find dead flowers a little morbid but many people must like them,
andylea 12 37 1 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2011 7:31PM
love the colours fran brilliant detail cracking processing a stunner top work Wink
Mynett 12 142 6 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2011 7:44PM
exquisite work Fran, a real beauty

Maiwand 14 3 73 England
12 Jun 2011 7:50PM
A fine example of how a virtually dead flower can be manipulated into a very eye catching image Fran. I love the sharp stamens leading away to the soft and blurred edges of the petals.
Glyn1 11 4 1 England
12 Jun 2011 8:50PM
Your image is superb, I like the vignette effect. Whatever your doing keep doing it because it produced very effective images.WinkWink

bricurtis Plus
15 2.4k 50 England
12 Jun 2011 9:08PM
I really like this Fran - looks good to me compared to the darker stuff you have been experimenting on.
I think Willie has done all that this needs in the mod to add a bit more contrast.
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
12 Jun 2011 9:51PM
I agree with Willie-- this is rich in color and details, like!
pluckyfilly 14 351 33 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2011 10:25PM
I would be so pleased with this result Fran
franfoto 13 2 32 England
12 Jun 2011 10:41PM
Thanks Willie (banehawi), your couple of tweeks have made all the difference, nice modification.


FeatherFriend 13 38 217 England
13 Jun 2011 12:20AM
A beautiful image Fran, pin sharp where it needs to be and like Willies mod,
Geoff xx
PhillipMinnis 10 94 4 Australia
13 Jun 2011 12:27AM
I've enjoyed seeing the various results you have been achieving with these recent floral uploads! Smile Another nice result, Fran!


CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
13 Jun 2011 5:22AM
Love the processing of this, Fran, excellent work. Carol
fentiger 19 920 24 England
13 Jun 2011 8:00AM
Sitting on the fence with this one, perhaps too many distractions from the focal point.

13 Jun 2011 8:30AM
Prefer V2 Fran, but they're both great,
accipiter 11 61 England
13 Jun 2011 11:46AM
V2 for me - a lovely flower image. A
TONKSPHOTO 10 2 United Kingdom
13 Jun 2011 1:09PM
V2 for me Fran..Loverly production......John
13 Jun 2011 4:17PM
Beautiful image/work Fran - I like both versions !

Well done -
sparrowhawk Plus
12 282 2 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2011 3:47PM
graceland 16 2.5k 2 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2011 5:58PM
Grin nice one
Niknut Plus
10 2.8k 82 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2011 7:53PM
Only just spotted this beauty !.....V1 is really quite nice.....till I saw V2, & what a smack between the eyes.....that flower is almost jumping out of the screen, such colour & clarity....1st class !
dmhuynh72 13 44 3 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2011 8:16PM
beautifully done Fran, nice and sharp where it matters and nice blur bg.

lesarnott 10 11 2 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2011 11:03PM
Brilliant! Again!

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