So You Thought Those Were Tulips

Posted: February 28, 2015 in Uncategorized
If you have seen this image of mine with the Tulips in the tree trunk, you weren’t alone if you thought they were Tulips.

I found this stump in a swamp and I liked the design in the wood and the hole offered a nice place to put some flowers. It’s a natural flower vase. I have a few images with tree stumps that have holes that I filled with flowers, and I call them “stump art”.
These flowers are actually not Tulips, but a tiny flower called an Orange Star. The Orange Star flower comes from Ecuador in South America and these little guys are less than an inch tall. So this whole area of the tree trunk is quite small.
I found them in a bouquet of flowers my wife had at home. I had only seen them this one time until about a year later at our local Meijer store. They were in little pots so I bought one to shoot at home.
Here I am in my photo studio (kitchen counter) and using my LED light to light the Orange Stars.
I used a printed gray background.

Here is the image out of the Nikon D7000. I used the Tamron 90mm macro, f/stop at f/32.

Next I loaded the image in Photoshop Elements and then into Nik Softwares Viveza 2 to make my adjustments. I lightened and tweak the color in the background with a little blue. I worked on the Orange Stars and the green in the stem and buds. I then did some cloning on some of the hot spots and little imperfections in the flowers and added some sharpening. Cleaned up all the little spots in the background.

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