Sunday, May 8, 2011

The Iris Show


I think I mentioned in another post that I enjoy going to flower shows with my camera.  This weekend was the Monterey Bay Iris Society, the most difficult one to photograph.  

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The flowers are gorgeous, but the show takes place in a mall, the lighting is terrible, and the backgrounds are worse.  I took about 50 pictures, but only got these few that I could work with.  

This is what I love about textures -- they couldn't fix every one, but they made all the difference for these few.

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I might keep working on the top one -- I'm not too happy with the strong difference in the background color.  What do you think?

Except for the last picture, which uses lovely textures from Kim Klassen,  all textures I used are from Flypaper Textures, which I  love.  Their textures come in very rich colors, which I like, and give the effect of wonderful different materials, stone, sky, fabric of various kinds.  More and  more, I use them with the "hard light" blending mode, because I like to actually see the texture -- I guess there's not much subtlety about the ways I use them :)

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33 comments:

Linda Makiej said...

These are really gorgeous Elise!

Perry said...

Wow, those textures are cool the way you used them. I can never seem to get what I want with a texture it seems so typically stay away. Perhaps it is time to try again. Thanks for sharing! Here is my entry.

Clavel said...

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Mage said...

Love those gorgeous textures its makes the flower looked even more radiant and ethereal. The top one looked pretty but as you say it would look even better with a little subtle in background.

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fairchildstreet said...

Amazing how the texture totally changes the look.

jo©o said...

Irises are like orchids, really.
Never get enough of them.
The textures look fun. You make me want to play with my three iris colours today :-)

Tammy said...

I like the last one best. You do a great job with the textures. i have played with it a bit, but my results are not nearly as good as yours. i am trying to figure out how to bring my subject out more, while still keeping the strong texture in the background.

lisa said...

These are absolutely stunning Elise! The colors are so wonderful and I love the textures you chose for each of them. Really beautiful compositions and work on these.

Thank you so much for linking up today at The Creative Exchange.

Have a wonderful day!

lisa.

texwisgirl said...

they're beautiful.

Nancy said...

I have a white iris blooming right now and many more to come. These are beautiful. I just love the variety they offer. :)

Ms. Becky said...

I love what you're doing with textures. it will be awhile before the irises are blooming here, so thanks for sharing yours. I think they're the loveliest of flowers.

Elise Ann Wormuth said...

Thanks so much, everyone -- Tammy, for me the trick is to take almost all the texture off the main subject, or take it off in varying amounts from foreground to background.

Bonnie said...

Great photographs turned into great art with textures and your editing!

 gmirage said...

Love the edits! I love Kim's textures! - Mirage

clairz said...

I love the colors in these flowers. All the backgrounds, too, including the one for your blog.

Elise Ann Wormuth said...

Thanks very much, everyone --

Real Lady said...

wonderful photos...i would love to see more of your work. I love photography too.

real lady of Scoop and Snap

Elise Ann Wormuth said...

Thanks very much! And thanks for becoming a follower!

Anki said...

Wonderful work and wonderful flowers.

Cat said...

Beautiful...I love texture play too. They add so much drama and depth. Congrats on your new followers ;)

Genie said...

The iris that grow in my yard are plane and simple compared to these. They are drop dead gorgeous. Your captures of them are stunning.

Elise Ann Wormuth said...

Thanks very much, Anki, Cat and Genie --

bailey-road.com said...

Your texture work really enhances the beauty of these irises!

Elise Ann Wormuth said...

Thank you for your comment --

Kristy said...

These are so gorgeous! I love the color, light, and texture!

Halcyon said...

I love irises. We always had them in my garden as a child. Beautiful shots!

Elise Ann Wormuth said...

Thanks very much!

Jodi Lebrun said...

Just beautiful flowers-hard to pick a fave!

urban muser said...

love your photos and the textures!

hootnonny said...

All are beautiful, but my fav is the last one!

Tricia said...

I think they're beautiful & the textures work wonderfully! =)

NatureFootstep said...

yes, these textures looks good. I don´t have them so I can´t use it, of course. :)

Elise Ann Wormuth said...

There are lots of free textures, if you google it or look on flickr. Thanks for your comment!