Dutch Tulips Rainbow Lines

May 13, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Dutch Tulips Rainbow Lines FinalDutch Tulips Rainbow Lines Final

I have just completed a cycling and Photography tour of the Tulip growing region of Holland just south of Amsterdam. This year due to the very cold and late start to spring the Tulip flowering was delayed by 2 weeks to I delayed the original planned dates and got there for peak flowering time. This picture was taken from the famous Keukenhof Gardens at a viewpoint overlooking a farmer’s field

I had two SLR cameras with me on the bicycle. I used a Sony A550 for low down flower shots using its adjustable screen. The Sony A700 was used for HDR auto bracketing. This shot was taken handheld with the A550 zoomed in to 60mm to compress the lines of flowers a little. The farm worker moving among the tulips was a stroke of luck though I did wait for him to move to the right position.

Photoshop

The colours in the original shot were very intense so little processing was needed

Duplicate layer Noiseware Pro and a little sharpening.

Second duplicate layer with mask to apply extra sharpening and contrast with low amount and high radius using Unsharp mask (Clarity Effect) The settings were 44 amount and 44 radius. This has the effect of increasing contrast which was the only process used to increase saturation a little

The crop tool was used to remove an uninteresting area at the top

BEFORE AND AFTER

Below are the Before and After images. First the original and then the final result.

Original image

Dutch Tulips Rainbow Lines OriginalDutch Tulips Rainbow Lines Original

Final Image

Dutch Tulips Rainbow Lines FinalDutch Tulips Rainbow Lines Final

For licence see Dutch Tulips Rainbow Lines

Edwin Jones


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