As I get closer to launching a redesign of my PhotoBotanic website, I’ve started playing with tulip photos. I have long used a tulip as my logo, even in the website toolbar, and am wondering if I need a new one.
These ‘Niigata’ tulips (red) with the dark purple ‘Havran’ are floating on a sea of Forget-me-Nots (Myosotis sylvatica), a color combination designed by Lucy Tolmach when she was Head of Horticulture at Filoli gardens in California. Exquisite color combination that is at once random and hypnotizing. I doubt one of these interpretations will be any good for a logo but am sure having fun with Photoshop’s Liquify filter.
My first serious use of Liquify was in the sunflower post Vincent x Vincent a few months ago. For the tulips I wanted to use much smaller strokes and accent the blue sea of Forget-me-nots. The Liquify filter is used last, on top of a couple adjustment layers and a ‘Dry Point’ filter (which is masked for the red tulips). Using the brush strokes of the Liquify filter begins to feel like painting, but it’s easy to get gimmicky.
First I tried using a long strokes to create currents in the blue sea.
But opted for the many small strokes.
The brushwork is done while the image is at 100% so it is a frustration for me to try and show these photos on a computer screen. While they do have a wonderful translucent glow, the size is so small. Oh, for the day these are big prints and the viewing distance is in meters not centimeters. View in Archive.
The original photo was composed from this wider view. Nice garden, eh?