This is the first year we’ve had hellebore and with our very warm recent weather, they started blooming earlier this week. I really like the way the buds curl down, and the one just opening in front caught my eye.

I used Topaz Detail Soft Looking, followed by the Nik Color Efex Pro 4 Midnight filter to give the dark effect I was looking for. I then used several textures – Aventura from French Kiss Textures, and lower opacity layers of Turtle Shell and Villa Adriana from Flypaper Textures.

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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  • Cherubtree
    Cherubtreeover 2 years ago

    Lovely…has an antique flavor to it! xoxo

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

    – Anita Pollak

  • George Petrovsky
    George Petrovskyover 2 years ago

    Beautiful work Anita – it could be a detail taken from a Renaissance painting! A favourite for me.

  • Thank you so much for your kind comment and fave, George. I like that – a Renaissance painting!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsover 2 years ago

    Really lovely

  • Thank you so much, Karen!

    – Anita Pollak

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

    I can imagine the original and how you coaxed this more dramatic image from it. Wonderful work, Anita!

  • Thank you so much for your kind words, Celeste. Oh, I like that – coaxed the more dramatic image! As always, I had a lot of fun playing with it until I got the look I wanted.

    – Anita Pollak

  • Kornrawiee
    Kornrawieeabout 2 years ago

    Thoughtfully artwork; so beautiful, I happy to consider your work:)
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  • Thank you so much for your kind comments, Kornrawiee!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciabout 2 years ago

    APRIL 28th, 2012
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  • Thank you so much for this wonderful honor, Mary! I really appreciate it!

    – Anita Pollak

  • rawdiamond
    rawdiamondover 1 year ago

    This is beautiful, Anita. I love how your use of textures has given this a soft, romantic and slightly mysterious look.

  • Thank you so much for your lovely comments and the fave, Jan – I really appreciate both! Our hellebore is actually starting to bloom now, which means spring can’t be far away!

    – Anita Pollak

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