Mauve Orchid Blooms

In keeping with floral pictures like last week, I thought I would share a process I often go through to arrive at a print that I like and looks good. Sometimes the final product is the original capture and in cases like this post it’s the starting point to create something better. Having said that, the following pictures start with the original photographic capture and the resulting two art prints created from that.

Back up 10 years ago right after I had upgraded my 35mm camera. I was getting use to all the options it offered and made a number of experimentation shots I usually don’t share. This is one of them. I was working on the macro focus, lighting, exposure and as always framing the subject. I took a series of shots of an orchid plant we had on our patio. This was just a few in a series of shots I did that day and didn’t really have a chance to look at all of them until later. Of all the shots of the blooms from this plant, attached was one that I liked only because of the framing of the macro shot. My next step was to take the file into my digital art programs and start working on changing the look of the capture into something I liked.

Original Photograph

I worked through the various options I had to create a change in the appearance. I kept with the actual framing of the original, but started working on the lighting and coloring to create a more interesting art print. I softened it with just a slight touch of a watercolor presentation.

Mauve Orchid Blooms

I then decided to create more of a soft watercolor look and that is the next one.

Soft Orchid Blooms

I liked them for different reasons and decided to keep both in my gallery. As a side note it was six shots of that particular plant that day that led to one capture I wanted to work with.


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19 thoughts on “Mauve Orchid Blooms

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks Diane….I think back to film photography and in no way would I take the number of shots I do with digital. Let alone being able to play with the digital shots like we can today!!

  1. D. Wallace Peach

    I love seeing the progression, Kirt. The creative process and choices that artists make are fascinating. I do like the more saturated color, and I like both of those presentations. Thanks for sharing your work!

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thanks Diana…..I took to digital art early on. I’m equal left and right brain so I thrive on creativity and technical programing aspects….go figure!! 🙂

      1. D. Wallace Peach

        Ooh I love your comment. It’s interesting to me how art of all sorts (music, graphic art, performance art, writing) is a combination of creativity and mechanics. Unless someone is a savant, art requires study and practice and technique, in addition to the creative, intuitive, emotional aspects. That’s not something we think about often (I think).

  2. Dan Antion

    The original is beautiful. It’s clear that, in order to get a lovely print, you have to start with a lovely photo. You may have software to help you get from A to B, but this process starts with your eye, and your sense of what will look good. Well done.

  3. denisebushphoto

    A beautiful subject. I have 5 of 7 orchids rebooking in the house now! I like the middle version best … the contrast and clarity appeal to me as well as the less obvious filter (in this case).


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