Sunday, December 4, 2011

Celebrate eDition

     It is always a celebration when I receive flowers - a rare occasion and cause for a wonderful photo opportunity, besides. I am sure, my dear friend Edna, you couldn't have known that I would spend several hours with this amaryllis and probably close to sixty images later come up with just a few good ones. This larger image was taken with my iPhone4. The "Thank You" with my Panasonic, leica fixed lens at macro setting without the hood. Now, since there are still a couple more blossoms - I am sure I will spend several more hours with this lovely flower. Celebrate when you can!

My Amaryllis
(iPhone4 image, 12.04.2011)


Layers for my "texture" lovin' friends...


[thank you texture is Bonnie's pdpa Christmas Music; click for a detailed view]


By the way, I couldn't stop, and posted three more SOOC.
You are welcome to click here to see them.

(Click above to link to the challenge.)

33 comments:

louciao said...

A beautiful way to spend time, making many studies of the perfection of a flower,especially when it's one given by a dear friend. Lovely results.

Joanne Huffman said...

Both of these are beautifully done.

Squirrelhaus said...

Karen, I think you and I are one in the same!!! I love taking photos of flowers!!! These photos are wonderful!
Stay warm!!
Chris :o)

Cedar said...

These are both gorgeous!

suzanne carter said...

What beautiful images Karen and what a beautiful gift!
Blessings Suzanne

suzanne carter said...

Beautiful images Karen and a beautiful gift! Blessings Suzanne

WortSchmid said...

This is simply beautiful!
I adore the processing of the image.
I like Amaryllis and can't wait untill mine will be in bloom.
Love,
Alexandra

Ruth said...

I love that first one especially, the blending is beautiful :)

KarenHarveyCox said...

These are so gorgeous. I love how you creatively use the text on your textures. Your photographs are truly a reason to celebrate.
Karen

johanna said...

i love your play with the amarylis... the decent songtext adds so much to it!

Angie said...

Karen, your amaryllis is gorgeous! I love the texture you've used and also I love how you share with all of us how you've used it. Thank you! I adore your photos and all you have to say. Happy Holiday's to you! :) xo

Neringa said...

This so beautiful, very nicely done. And you are so right saying celebrate when you can! Happy Holidays!

Amy said...

I love the 2nd one, it's like a holiday card!

Pat said...

Gorgeous work!

Pat Mark said...

Karen, these are all amazing. Nice way to spend the day and a sweet friend to send you the beautiful flower.

Marilyn said...

Both are gorgeous, Karen. You definitely could make cards or prints from them. I particularly like the composition of "celebrate".

Pat said...

We all need a friend like Edna - the flowers are beautiful. The way you edited the photos - looks like fine art!

deborah said...

gorgeous in its simplicity, gorgeous color and well worth all the photos you took to arrive at the perfect one!

Amarie said...

Beautiful work!

Kia said...

This is so pretty! ♥

nancyjean said...

so so beautiful. i love the celebrate script on the flower...i just love watching the amarylsis grow

PrairieJill said...

Beautiful photos and textures!

Sharon said...

Spectacular! I love how you used the one kind of flower and show different ways of seeing the beauty in it. Bravo!

yvette said...

It truly is a celebration when we receive flowers...so true! A beautiful photo and texture. Thanks for calling by 'twistedvines' and leaving a comment. Yvette x

Joy Burkhart said...

Your amaryllis is gorgeous, Karen! So bright! Thanks for stopping by earlier!
xoxo
Joy

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Wonderful texture work and a beautiful flower. Stunning red !

Sherri B. said...

What a gorgeous flower! Thank you for showing readers the steps you took to achieve the effects - that is greatly appreciated. :)

Terrie said...

You're right - this is a gorgeous bloom! I'd be taking 60 pics too! And when you get the right one - the composition is good, the lighting is good, there are no flower blemishes, it's just such a joy! Love all these shots!!!

suzanne carter said...

Hi Karen, thanks so much for your lovely comments on my blog. I am enjoying visiting your blog and getting to know a little bit more about you each time.
I haven't figured out how to reply from my blog so I just wanted to pop back and say thanks!
God Bless
Suzanne

Light Trigger said...

Hi Karen, thanks for your lovely comment! Come here to see you art work! beautiful! It's interesting to see what steps you followed to get your final image! Great Thursday!

fotogran said...

Karen, this is such a lovely image. Just beautiful!

NatureFootstep said...

I like the work you made here. :)

Sallyt said...

Karen, your photos are always exquisite. This treatment with the texture is just perfect! I'm in love with the look you got. BTW, I know what a "stamp visible layer" is but what do you mean by the "stroke" on that layer? Just wondering if I need to learn something else (well, we KNOW I need to learn something else - but you know what I mean! LOL.)