Posted by Christine (Ellemford, United Kingdom) on 27 February 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

If you prick the stem of a tulip ( the bit in the water) they won't flop in your vase. This really does work.

I'm very much an amateur photographer. I live in the hills of the Scottish Borders which has fantastic flora and fauna, as well as wonderful light.

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

What a great hint! I never knew that, and it has driven me nuts before! Oh, BTW, what a great shot too!

27 Feb 2011 7:42am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

This is beautiful in b & w, I ha no idea you were going to post it this way! Great idea!

27 Feb 2011 8:05am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Joli ! Je te souhaite un agréable dimanche

27 Feb 2011 8:12am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Interesting layers of light in those tulips....they almost appear as cut-outs. A wonderful shot.
I surely NEVER knew how to keep my tulips from flopping. I hope I remember that tip. Thanks a lot.

27 Feb 2011 8:29am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

WOW! A great image, Christine. I love the sepia tones and light is simply exquisite.
Thanks for the tip. I'm going to try that for sure

27 Feb 2011 9:11am

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

This is a striking shot, and beautiful in B&W. Good tip..!

27 Feb 2011 9:33am

fereshteh from Iran

A wonderful shot..

27 Feb 2011 9:55am

Sally from Glasgow, United Kingdom


27 Feb 2011 11:18am

@Sally: No, a deep red :)

Franz from Baden, Austria

an unusual approach to flower photography, but in this case b&w works perfectly due to the very appealing use of light!

27 Feb 2011 11:30am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Nice black and white Christine.

27 Feb 2011 6:54pm

Sally from Glasgow, United Kingdom

That's really funny. I had it as yellow in my head. I have yellow tulips in my lounge at the moment that look very like this.

27 Feb 2011 9:59pm

dokmateo from madird, Spain

perfect tone for a B&W on a flower...

28 Feb 2011 1:54am

myky from London, Canada

The light is exquisite here...an elegant image.

28 Feb 2011 3:55am

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

I think, the bw version does need a little extra kick in contrasts, or colour filters - it looks quite flat. The coloured version I like much more for it´s brilliance in colour and light.

28 Feb 2011 9:22am

@daniela scharnowski: I appreciate these comments, it makes me think about it more which is how we learn :)

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

Thank you for taking my critical voice so relaxed - usually I first wrap it up in gift paper (as we say in german :D). You know, some compliments and then the bad stuff.
With my own shots I noticed that bw works best when I´m not satisfied with the coloured version at all. Sounds silly maybe. Anyway - I forgot - or just don´t know - with what software you´re working - maybe there is some infrared filter - I love to play around with them and sometimes they make a brilliant conversion to bw. Cheers, daniela

28 Feb 2011 8:03pm

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Thanks Daniela, I have Nik software and have just checked out the infrared filter and will be experimenting :)

28 Feb 2011 9:56pm

Nikon D60
1/1000 second
ISO 800
135 mm (35mm equiv.)


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