Tulip Portrait

Tulip Portrait

Tulip dancing in the wind, laughing in the sun, shaking at the ecstasy of it all – the thrill of a Spring day in May.

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  1. Very nice lines and shape as well as the vivid colors in light and shadow with this tulip portrait. A plucked tulip taken against a black background, perhaps? Lovely. 🙂

  2. No, Anna, no studio work for me or my tulips. A tulip planted firmly in the earth at a nearby botanical gardens, near sunset with shallow DOF. (I think how that’s how it happened. Background was dark, grassy.) 🙂

  3. Gandalf says:

    Once again you have interesting and eye catching use of shadows. Very nicely done. I also enjoyed your one line poem on the tulip’s choreographic gyrations.

    I’m glad the tulip is still grounded. They seem to have a short enough shelf life while attached to the ground and a shorter shelf life when in a vase.

  4. jeanabaena says:

    beautiful. i love how the flower is so striking against the black background. 😀

  5. I first caught sight of this shot on your flickr page and I’ll just say the first thought that popped into my head. WOW!

  6. Pretty, like the dark background:)

  7. good use of negative space. it reminded me of man ray, though his stuff isn’t really similar. bold shapes maybe?

  8. You went and made pure art again.

  9. Brilliant colors.

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