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Winter Narcissus

Posted by
Anita (West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States) on 13 January 2010 in Plant & Nature.

This is the first winter I've forced bulbs. It was as much fun watching the plant grow as seeing the lovely little flowers that perfume the room.

I brought out detail in Topaz Adjust, then applied Texture 023 by SophieG from Flickr group Textures for Layers.


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Mary from Exton, United States

Lovely image!

13 Jan 2010 1:25pm

Sophie Asselin from Montréal, Canada

Nice colors !

13 Jan 2010 1:30pm

Larry Lefever from Lititz, United States

Beautiful image, Anita. On a gray day, with little snow to brighten things up, this is certainly a treat. Once again, I love your use of texture.

13 Jan 2010 4:19pm

Dan Creighton from Pottstown, United States

Warms the soul Anita!

13 Jan 2010 4:50pm

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

These narcissus are sunny beauties. So glad you made your own bulbs grow. I really enjoy the very light, highly exposed effect !!

13 Jan 2010 5:24pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Absolutely gorgeous.

13 Jan 2010 5:29pm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

The presentation is as magical as the flowers themselves . . the softness suits them so well.

13 Jan 2010 8:50pm

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Warm and inviting! Lovely combo.

13 Jan 2010 9:07pm

Gerard Westerduin from Barendrecht, Netherlands

nice soft colors,compliments

13 Jan 2010 9:17pm

Frida from Sweden

Nice soft colors makes a beautiful image.

13 Jan 2010 10:31pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Just gorgeous.....Nice work !!

14 Jan 2010 1:02am

Betsy Barron from Chester Springs, PA, United States

beautiful, soft and gentle

14 Jan 2010 1:48am

Yvonne from United States

Perfect processing for these flowers...You could so do a calendar with all your beautiful flower photos! or cards...very beautiful thank you for sharing

14 Jan 2010 2:50am

Marcie from Boston, United States

So lovely and warm on such an icey cold winter day. Love the colors!!

14 Jan 2010 1:26pm

Diane - Daily Walks from SF Bay Area, United States

The warmth in this image radiates off my screen. Just beautiful.

14 Jan 2010 1:56pm

Arnd from Basel, Switzerland

I like the delicate details and the soft light. Wonderful!

14 Jan 2010 9:23pm

Ravi from Bangalore, India

Beautiful composition.

15 Jan 2010 6:32am

Tomas Turecek from Czech Republic

Hi Anita. I like this image especially because of the subject, composition and warm tones you added. If I may have some suggestions on improvements - I think that the "grungy" texture near to right border is too prominent - there is some texture like rust which draws my eyes. Second thing is related to quite strong yellow overlay which overlays the leftmost blossom and makes its petals look like drying/fading. Have you tried also other adjustments? These flowers are really soft and I think that a soft treatment would suit them very well. Besides this it is very nice image!

15 Jan 2010 11:54am

@Tomas Turecek: As always, I appreciate your suggestions. I think they are worth trying. I saved the layers, so I can go back and make adjustments.

Souptik Biswas from Bangalore, India

HI i am new in photography,,,,,,,, actually i use to take picture normally just for enjoyment, but one day 1 of my family friend came and saw all my pic...... that day he ask me did i have done any photography course or not...... i told no..... from right that day i started taking pic for my photography sence.......
i am new in this can you suggest some think in this........
please....... because learning has no end..... what ever you learn all are not suffeciant....... we need more......so please......

15 Jan 2010 7:51pm

@Souptik Biswas: Souptik: If you send me your email address I can respond to you. Thanks for visiting.

Monique from Netherlands

Very lovely colortones and composition, though the "thingies"next to the right border, I know it is due to the texture but it's a little bit disturbing for the eyes, wonderful picture though!

24 Jan 2010 12:38am

@Monique: Thank you for your comment. You are right about the texture on the right--I think I will tone it down before having this image printed. I appreciate your input.

crash from Weehawken, United States

they're glowing! very cool effect ...

24 Jan 2010 4:29am

Jules from Kansas City, United States

A stunner, Anita! Where was this last week when we had "texture week" in OOTB/BPN? It would have really inspired others!

24 Jan 2010 2:07pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada


16 Feb 2010 2:34am