You must remember this, a kiss is just a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh by Celeste Mookherjee

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I love agapanthus, especially in the bud stage. While exploring photographic possibilities in a large patch of flowers, I spotted a recently opened bud cluster with two buds touching in a way that looked so much like a kiss that I was utterly fascinated.

The image title comes from the classic love song, “As Time Goes By,” featured in the movie Casablanca.

I spent a good bit of time trying lots of angles on the “young lovers” and finally settled on this as the basis of a textured image prepared especially for a group challenge. (Olympus E-5 & Zuiko 50mm macro, f/4, 1/320 sec., ISO 200, partly cloudy/morning sun, handheld) Textures courtesy of Leslie Nicole’s French Kiss Textures and Shadowhouse Creations.

Top 10 in “The Romantic Pose” in All Glorious Lilies (October 2013)

Top 10 in “Decorate with Script” challenge in Flower Works – Manipulated with Texture group (September 2011)

Featured in All Glorious Lilies (9 October 2013)

Featured in Muted (3 August 2013)

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  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsover 3 years ago

    Beautiful detail and creativity.

  • Thank you so much, Karen. It means a lot to me that you appreciate the effort I put into this. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Brenda Boisvert
    Brenda Boisvertover 3 years ago

    This is wonderful, Celeste … such a lovely soft and romantic image.
    Good luck with the challenge:-)

  • Thanks, Brenda. I had fun with this one.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • OpalFire
    OpalFireover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous work, Celeste. Good luck with the challenge.

  • Thanks very much, Maggie!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Christine Annas
    Christine Annasover 3 years ago

    !!!!!!!! : )) !!!!!!!!! This one just made my grin! So beautiful (and cute, if a flower can be cute). Love it!!!

  • Thanks, Christine! That’s very close to my reaction when I spotted these buds in the garden.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • KatMagic Photography
    KatMagic Photo...over 3 years ago

    You couldn’t have selected a better and more fitting title to go along with this flirty and lovely image, Celeste… Once again, you nailed the color….I used to think angles were your expertise, then edges, now colors…. you do it all….Gorgeous work.

  • Thank you, Katherine! The colors are a little less vibrant than reality, but that’s the effect of the textures.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • ARIANA1985
    ARIANA1985over 3 years ago

    fabulous capture

  • Thanks very much, Ariana!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Teresa Pople
    Teresa Popleover 3 years ago

    Lovely use of the texture Celeste and what a charming duo . . . .

  • Thank you, Teresa. I think it will be fun to see the variations on the texture in the challenge

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Leslie Nicole
    Leslie Nicoleover 3 years ago

    Lovely image and perfect touch of texture. xx

  • Thank you very much, Nicole. Having just read your interview in the Flower Works newsletter, I believe I have one thing in common with you: I’m loathe to give up the sharp flower detail I work so hard to capture, and so my textured images always have layer masks — and I often use texture layers with opacities well below 100%.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • IngeHG
    IngeHGover 3 years ago

    A wonderful image, looking beautiful with the texture !

  • Thank you, Inge. I had a lot of fun with this one.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Malcolm Heberle
    Malcolm Heberleover 1 year ago

    Wonderful work Celeste

  • Thanks very much, Malcolm!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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