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Gaillardia or Blanket Flower

Posted by
Anita (West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States) on 1 December 2009 in Plant & Nature.

I took this photo this past summer and posted it on June 6 with a white BG. Fot today's post, I used Topaz Adjust and Topaz Simplify filters, and added two of my textures and a vignette.

NIKON D300 13/10 second F/40.0 ISO 200 105 mm


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Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

This is very artsy - it has a unique personality and you captured it well with a nice simple texture!

1 Dec 2009 5:05am

Tomas Turecek from Czech Republic

I definitely like this one more than the one posted on August 6. The composition, colours, light and textures makes this image extraordinary.

1 Dec 2009 7:14am

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

This is an outstanding shot...your pp work is creative
and thoughtful and truly adds to the wonderful lyrical image.

1 Dec 2009 8:38am

JannuD from Bengaluru, India

Art and beauty mixed together.
Great Job

1 Dec 2009 8:44am

@JannuD: Thank you for visiting and commenting. I'm glad you like it!

Henrik Herskind from Copenhagen, Denmark

Ehh... the version with white background was posted 8 June. Anyway, this version makes the h... of a difference in comparison to the one with white background. Another wonder of texturizing! How will this end?

1 Dec 2009 11:03am

@Henrik Herskind: Thanks for alerting me to my error! I'm glad you like it. Who knows where it will end!!

Ed Vatza from Lehigh Valley, PA, United States

Now this is what I have come to expect from you, Anita. Beautiful texture work.

1 Dec 2009 11:28am

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

The two versions are examples of your styles. I prefer this one with the silk painting look. The colour of the background was perfectly chosen, quite harmoniously to the colours of the flower. May be the choice of a white background wasn't the better one for the portrait (that of June) version.

1 Dec 2009 11:37am

@António Pires: Thanks for your thoughts. When I used the white BG, I was experimenting with a series of flowers against white. I've seen it done very well, but, it is quite challenging. The benefit of the white, is that it makes it easy to add a texture.

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

Very pretty rendition of the photo.

1 Dec 2009 1:15pm

MJ from Delaware, United States

the textures are beautiful....You are very artistic

1 Dec 2009 1:30pm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

This is my favorite of your 'styles' as it is so distinctive and recognizable. The balance with the background here is perfection.

1 Dec 2009 1:43pm

@Ronnie 2¢: Thanks! I feel that I am in the process of developing a style or styles, and have a ways to go.

Frida from Sweden

Beautiful image with great details and textures.

1 Dec 2009 2:38pm

Vert Pomme from Montreuil Sous Bois, France

Vraiment superbe et bien mise en valeur.

1 Dec 2009 8:30pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Just beautiful.....I got topaz adjust today, and can't wait to play and see what it's capable of!!!

2 Dec 2009 12:30am

John Maslowski from Dallas, PA, United States

Beautiful work of art Anita, great creative image. The topaz plugins are wonderful tools in your creative hands and eyes.

2 Dec 2009 1:48am

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Oooo....I love this. The processing is just perfect and suits the bloom so well.

2 Dec 2009 9:55pm

Dan Creighton from Pottstown, United States

Much prefer this one over the white background image. Very artistic. Love the textures added. Another great image.

2 Dec 2009 10:36pm

Marcie from United States

This somehow reminds me of a colored ink etching. Wonderful texture.

2 Dec 2009 10:40pm

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

It's almost a wonderful botanical illustration! -- well, then again, it is!

5 Dec 2009 6:02pm

Sue from Paducah, United States

The texture gives the image nearly a vintage feel. I can't take my eyes off of the one graceful, curly leaf! ;)

9 Dec 2009 2:27pm

13/10 second
ISO 200
105 mm