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Three Tulips

By Snaphappyannie  
Tulips look even more lovely when they die! These were placed on my lighted, after they died, and were cajoled into the shapes you see here, with a blip of lash to prevent a dark silhouette. Then a textured background was added.

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chase Plus
14 1.7k 411 England
24 Jul 2020 10:12AM
Hi Ann and welcome to the Critique gallery.
I see you have been a member for some time but this looks like your first venture here.
I hope you meant to tick the 'critique wanted' button as you will receive good, honest critique but no votes or awards I'm afraid.

It's always good to know how you arrived at the image we see here, thanks for that information.
Is there anything specific you would like us to help with ?
Do you like this image ?
Are you happy with the result you got ?

As I see this, the slight use of flash has worked ok and the texture you have used does add an extra dimension to this.
However, there are a couple of bits you have missed when removing the texture, one on the middle flower head and one on the lowest flower.
In my mod, I have put the texture back in those places using the clone tool set to darken on a separate layer.

I used a levels adjustment layer to pop a little more light onto selective petals.

The angle you have used is jaunty but the Tulips do seem a bit 'lost' in the frame, I used the crop tool to both rotate the stems and remove some of the bg. This resulted in gaps around the image which I cloned back in to complete the surroundings. I added a light frame to compensate for the quite hefty crop.

I did soften the bg texture a little with the blur tool set to 15% on a separate layer and added just a wee touch of sharpening just to bring out the lovely textures on the petals that fading flowers produce.

You can see the modifications by clicking on the blue modifications button under your image but I suspect you know that Smile

HTH Janet xx
dudler Plus
16 1.2k 1679 England
24 Jul 2020 10:20AM
OK, Quite a lot of arrangement and artifice here, from your write-up, and I think you will get a couple of different approaches to this.

I'm a fan of dying tulips: John Blakemore published a whole book of images of tulips at all stages. My feeling, though, is that the texture detracts from an elegant and essentially simple image (the subtleties in the shapes you have achieved aren't simple, though!)

Would it be possible to post the original image? I can see at least one alternative crop, but the vignette makes it hard to get the result I have in mind as a mod...

Others - one or two far more expert in this area - will be along shortly...
dudler Plus
16 1.2k 1679 England
24 Jul 2020 10:20AM
And, indeed, one of them has been active while I've been typing...
dark_lord Plus
16 2.6k 683 England
24 Jul 2020 12:21PM
I've not much to add to Janet's extensive appraisal.

Textures I think need to be subtle, though this image here is of the type where they can work ok. I guess if printed on textured paper or canvas style material the effect could be nore tangible than seeing it on screen. Just a thought.

Th square crop is quite effective though, texture or not.
Irishkate Plus
9 42 118 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2020 12:25PM
Must say Janet's mod has given an added elegance to your inspired image.
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.2k 2247 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2020 1:59PM
A warm welcome from me too.

This is way outside my comfort zone in practical terms, but I would add to the above: an effect such as a texture layer needs to serve a purpose, to be added with a specific desired result in mind. Did you intend a grungy look here? Or a more delicate ethereal look, as in Janet's modification?

The first point of reference needs to be the idea, rather than the box of tricks available.
banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4149 Canada
24 Jul 2020 3:13PM
Yes, many flowers retain a lot of magic until they are gone.

Youve done quite well overall here with an interesting arrangement, and the replacement of the original background has been done well with the few minor issues already noted.

The counter clockwise rotation works well in the mod; Apart from repairing the small blank areas, I would brighten the petals, apply local sharpening, and is re working the orientation is a challenge, I would crop the left side away so the stems originate in the left bottom corner.

Ive done all of this in the mod so you can see the difference from the original.

Well done


24 Jul 2020 4:54PM
Thanks to all who took time out to “play” with my tulips! Much appreciated.

I’m a big fan of visual art in general, and am still learning a lot. I take your point about improving the light on the flowers themselves - and lightening the texture is certainly a consideration.

Yes - I opted deliberately for a more grungy background as I felt it was better suited to the decaying tulips!

Not sure I’d go with the square crop or the heavy white border! I was aiming for ‘tension’ in the composition, hence the over-to-one-side composition. Also, publications like a degree of ‘negative space’ for text, if necessary. A heavy white border, such as has been suggested, tends to overwhelm the subject, I feel!

I very much liked Mod 2. If the image were to be projected as a PDI, then I’d probably go for a 1-2 px key line - but may choose a colour from the image itself (something light but not white! Perhaps on the orange spectrum, but a lot paler than in the tulips.)

But I say again - I very much appreciated your comments. Sometimes, you can be too close to your own work to see where things could be improved!
dudler Plus
16 1.2k 1679 England
24 Jul 2020 6:48PM
The rules change for publication: on the whole, a really good picture won't allow text to be overlaid without spoiling it. Different horses for different courses. Is that what you want to do with the shot? If so, how will the grungy look play out?

In purely photographic terms, I'd still like to see an unprocessed image, to see what can be done with it.
chase Plus
14 1.7k 411 England
24 Jul 2020 11:33PM
Thanks for your feedback Ann, always good to hear.

Quote: I added a light frame to compensate for the quite hefty crop.

That was the reason for the border and the crop was not intentionally square tbh, it just landed that way post cropping.

Willies gentler crop is probably better suited to your needs, especially if you are planning to use the negative space for text if required.
Not quite sure how that would pan out over the texture layer though unless it was much softer.

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