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Back in may when I was editing my tulip photos I decided to do experimenting with one of them in paint.net just to see what some of the different photo editing tools did and to learn to do some new things. It’s been long enough ago now that I don’t remember all the different steps I used to create these one of the tools I used on this first one was layer properties. Opening multiple copies of the same photo and then choosing different levels of transparency and blending modes. I think I even used a polar inversion, which did some interesting things to the background on one layer.

tulip nebula by Dawna Morton
tulip nebula by Dawna Morton
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Superimposed with many semi transparent layers of abstract shapes, this red tulip seems to be floating in a nebula.

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Then when I started getting this ready to post here I decided that the tulip needed to be moved higher in the picture to create a better composition. this was done by flipping another copy of the picture upside down , and then blending the edges together, as well as making a few other changes, and then cropping it. It looks even more beautiful now.

tulip nebula 3 by Dawna Morton
tulip nebula 3 by Dawna Morton
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Superimposed with many semi transparent layers of abstract shapes, this red tulip seems to be floating in a nebula of red, aquamarine and green gasses.

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My kids however, thought it looked “weird” to have the tulip under the semi transparent layers, so I made this one, just for them, by adding multiple gradient layers of the tulip on top as well as adding a swirl beneath–and then doing the usual final retouches.

tulip nebula 4 by Dawna Morton
tulip nebula 4 by Dawna Morton
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Surrounded by many semi transparent layers of abstract shapes, this red tulip seems to be floating in a swirling nebula of pink, aquamarine and green gasses.

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Back in mid May I got these beautiful pictures after dropping the kids off at school in the morning. It had just finished raining and the sun came out, shining beautifully on the irises that bloom beside my driveway. Then I had some fun playing around with graduated tints and such to make these photos even more dramatic.

Here is one with a sepia tint that has been warmed, had the saturation boosted a bit, as well as having had a few other changes made to it. I love the copper tones in it as well as the old fashioned feel that is enhanced by the white picket fence in the back ground.

Raindrops on Purple Irises #6 by Dawna Morton
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In this copper tinted photo a purple iris covered in raindrops stands near a telephone pole in front of a gravel road framed by a white picket fence.

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Raindrops on Purple Irises #7, darker by Dawna Morton
Raindrops on Purple Irises #7, darker by Dawna Mortonsee it framed

This soft and dreamy photo of a purple iris in the green grass in front of a white house has been given an abstracted impressionistic style. Covered in raindrops this beautiful flower stands out from the muted greens, pink and lavender gray background.

This picture started out with a house and several cars in the background. After removing the cars and making several other changes, I decided I liked the house but wanted it softer.  So then I opened it up with paint.net and multiple layers with a variety of layer properties to  make the background more soft and abstract as well as using picassa to make some other changes. This turned out beautifully with this picture; however, as I was writing this blog post it became apparent to me that the house in the background was drawing too much attention away from the flower which was supposed to be the main focal point.

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The next picture darkens the house with some blue and purple tones as well as simplifying and darkening the foreground surrounding the flower. The results are truly lovely.

Raindrops on Purple Irises #7, nightshade by Dawna Morton
Raindrops on Purple Irises #7, nightshade by Dawna Mortonsee it framed

This soft and dreamy photo of a purple iris in the green grass in front of a house has been given an abstracted impressionistic style. Covered in raindrops this beautiful flower stands out from the dark background of blues, purples and greens.

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Raindrops on Purple Irises #8 by Dawna Morton
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A purple iris stands in front of a gravel driveway leading to a patch of glowing blue sky between a row of trees. Covered in raindrops, this beautiful flower sparkles in the sun.

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Raindrops on Purple Irises #9 by Dawna Morton
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A soft and dreamy photo of a purple iris bud beginning to blossom surrounded by an abstracted impressionistic background of greens and earthy reds. Covered in raindrops this beautiful flower sparkles in the spring sunlight.

This photo uses the same photo editing process I described above. I love almost metallic glittery sheen on the flower  in combination with the abstract almost flame-like patterns of brownish-red and green in the background.

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Raindrops on Purple Irises #10 by Dawna Morton
Raindrops on Purple Irises #10 by Dawna Mortonsee it framed

A purple iris bud covered in raindrops, surrounded by green grasses, and sparkling in the spring sunlight appears like a Christmas light amid the branches of a Christmas tree.

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The other day when I needed to go to the post office, the sun was out and the weather was warm–perfect for a brisk walk; so, I grabbed my camera and headed out on foot to get some photos and some exercise on the way. When I got to the old elementary school I stopped to take pictures of the tulips there because the plants growing around them made such an interesting background. It looked similar in leaf shape and color to the dusky broad leaved red eucalyptus that is available at most craft stores for use in floral arrangements, only it also had large spiny thorns and little yellow flowers. After searching around on the internet a bit I think it might be a variety of red Japanese Barberry.

top of the tulip by Dawna Morton
top of the tulip by Dawna Morton
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Beautifully glowing photo of the topside view of an open red tulip surrounded by a soft, gauzy, background of foliage caste in bright sunlight and deep shadow.

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tulip #1 by Dawna Morton
tulip #1 by Dawna Morton
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A red tulip basks radiantly in the glow of the afternoon sun as it blossoms in the midst of a dreamy softly focused background of thorny japanese barberry.

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tulip #1 dark by Dawna Morton
tulip #1 dark by Dawna Morton
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A red tulip glows in twilight darkness, blossoming in the midst of a dreamy softly focused background of thorny japanese barberry which looks almost like a splash of red tinted water in midair.

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tulip #2, focal black and white by Dawna Morton
tulip #2, focal black and white by Dawna Morton
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A red tulip stands out in vibrant, living color against a black and white background of thorny japanese barberry.

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tulip #2 by Dawna Morton
tulip #2 by Dawna Morton
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A red tulip stands out in vibrant, living color against a dark background of thorny japanese barberry. Muted green foliage creates the impression of expressively energetic painted lines, as one bare thorny branch hangs down in front of the flower.

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tulip #2, tinted by Dawna Morton
tulip #2, tinted by Dawna Morton
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A red tulip stands out in vibrant, living color against a dark background of thorny japanese barberry. Purple tinted foliage creates the impression of expressively energetic painted lines, as one bare thorny branch hangs down in front of the flower.

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tulips by Dawna Morton
tulips by Dawna Morton
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A group of red tulips in the midst of a patch of red thorny japanese barberry looks like a dreamy bouquet against this dark background.

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red japanese barberry flower macro by Dawna Morton
red japanese barberry flower macro by Dawna Morton
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In this macro photo of a delicate yellow cluster tiny japanese barberry flowers nestled in the midst of dusky red foliage (resembling the red eucalyptus that are often used in floral arrangements) a gray stem of sharp thorns grows upward against the dark background.

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