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I took this photo at the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, MA, USA, one of my favorite places to photograph. It’s about 2-1/2 hours from where I live, so I get there only once or twice a year. I took a lot of shots of these lovely primroses, and this was my favorite. I thought the soft focus would work well with a textural treatment, so I added layers of French Kiss Textures Charmante and Avril, as well as Kim Klassen’s Retreat.

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Nikon 300S and Nikon 105mm f/2.8 micro lens.

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primrose, flower, botanical garden, texture, french kiss, leslie nicole, macro, anita pollak

I am a photographer living in Massachusetts and my passion is flowers. I take the time to reveal the special beauty of each flower and I hope that comes through as you look at my work.

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  • mom23girls
    mom23girlsover 2 years ago

    Beautiful! Love the softness!!

  • Thank you so much, Tracy. That was quick!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...over 2 years ago

    These flowers take well to the dreamy, textured treatment. Depending on the detail in the underlying image, I would be tempted to try layer masks to bring back some detail at the center of the flowers. (I hope you don’t mind my making such a suggestion.)

  • Thank you for making that suggestion, Celeste. I added a layer mask and I think the image looks much better. Of course I would be happier if I had better focus, especially on the right-hand flower, but there’s not much I can do about that now!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...over 2 years ago

    I agree it looks better with that touch of sharpness. And I think it’s perfectly OK for the flower on the right to remain soft now that the middle flower has a part to draw the eye.

  • Thank you for taking the time to comment again, Celeste. That’s a good point about the softness of the flower on the right. I’m not always sure when softness does or doesn’t work!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsover 2 years ago


  • Thank you so much, Karen!

    – Anita Pollak

  • vigor
    vigorover 2 years ago

    I love how you edited this one, beautiful work!

  • Thank you so much for your kind comments, vigor!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...over 2 years ago


  • Thank you so much, Charmiene!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Cherubtree
    Cherubtreeover 2 years ago

    Very lovely edit! xoxo

  • Thank you so much for your kind words, Cherubtree!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsover 2 years ago

  • Thank you so much for the feature, Pamela

    – Anita Pollak

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignover 2 years ago

    Thank you for adding your work to The Best of RedBubble!

  • Thank you so much, rocamiadesign!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Tori Snow
    Tori Snowover 1 year ago

  • Thank you so much for the feature, Tori – I really appreciate it!

    – Anita Pollak

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