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Requiem for a Tulip - Collaboration with monocotylidono by Johanne Brunet

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Collaboration with my good friend George , a.k.a. monocotylidono , who kindly trusted me with the post-processing of one of his beautiful flower shots. It was a pleasure and an honour to work on this project. George’s photos are so inspiring!

When George saw my first draft, a title for this wilting tulip immediately sprang to his mind. Requiem for a Tulip !

I had started working with another sheet of music, celebrating the spring, but with this new title and orientation, George and I decided upon something moodier and darker, more appropriate for a flower’s death.

I found the music scores of Requiem for a Dream by Clint Mansell, which I printed, photographed, then modified in Photoshop. I think that it blends very pleasantly with the subject.

Below are all the layers used in the composite, with various blending modes and opacities. The original image and the green moss layer have both received a selective colour adjustment layer in order to tone down the yellow and greens a bit, and changing them to richer and deeper colours.

Finally, on top of all the textures shown below, I added a transparent layer at low opacity, on which I used some large grunge brushes in black, to add scratches and dirt smudges to the corners and edges, creating a textured vignetting effect.

Position your cursor over the thumbnails for more details on the images and how they were used in the composite
George's starting image, showing red tulips and bright green foliage Layer of moss texture, on which I tweaked the colours a bit in the composite. Photo by me
This is a photo that I made last fall, and which procured just enough darkening and character to the image This is a variation of one of my photos on RB.  It was used at the bottom, in the lower third of the image
This is a stock texture layer from Princess of Shadows on DeviantArt, used mainly to warm up the tones and darken the edges a bit I printed this free sheet of music, photographed it and modified it in Photoshop to make it wavy.  It is the music sheet of Requiem for a Dream by Clint Mansell, published under Creative Common Licence

Should you wish to listen to George’s favourite inspiration for the title, just click on this link to the Requiem (Grande Messe des Morts) Lacrymosa by Hector Berlioz on YouTube. I must add that this is my favourite as well!

For those who would like to listen to the music associated to the score in the composite, please click here for the soundtrack of the movie Requiem for a Dream

Finished in 5th position of Top Ten in the Single Beautiful Tulip challenge of the Tulips Group on March 30, 2009

My friend George, aka monocotylidono entered his copy of this creation in the challenge Let’s Collaborate of the Live, Love, Dream Group, and it finished in 5th position of Top Ten ! Well done, George! :-)

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  • George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)
    George Parapad...almost 6 years ago

    Johanne, you have worked your magic on this picture and it’s become a wonderful piece of art. I am so proud! Thank you!!!

  • Thank YOU my friend, for suggesting this collaboration in the first place! And thank you as well for providing an inspiring high quality image to start with. I’m really pleased with the way it came out and your suggestions were very, very helpful!

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Vikram Franklin
    Vikram Franklinalmost 6 years ago

    Yowza!! I’m blinking a bit at the process, but am breathless at the result!!
    Great work Johanne!

  • Thank you Vikram! Like George, I’m very proud of this work, and your comment means a lot to me; makes my day in fact! :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • TickerGirl
    TickerGirlalmost 6 years ago

    Great processing work you two, well done! :)

  • Thank you so much Monika! :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaalmost 6 years ago


  • Thank you!

    – Johanne Brunet

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelalmost 6 years ago


  • Thank you!

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Karen Scrimes
    Karen Scrimesalmost 6 years ago

    What a beautiful composite Johanne, a lovely collaboration. Thank you for putting in such a detailed description of your process. Excellent :)

  • Thank you for your nice comment Karen, I really appreciate it. I’m glad that you like the description as well. :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)
    George Parapad...over 5 years ago

    Well done partner! This came 5th on the single beautiful tulip challenge! WooHoo! :-)

  • Yippeee!!! And you other tulip shot placed in the top ten too, isn’t that great! :-) Well done to you too, my friend!

    – Johanne Brunet

  • LisaR
    LisaRover 5 years ago


  • Thank you Lisa!

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Lozzle
    Lozzleover 5 years ago

    this is stunning, i love the colours and the music overlay is just beautiful

  • Many thanks Lozzle! :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • EvaBridget
    EvaBridgetover 5 years ago

    Really beautiful work Johanne!

  • Thank you so much for your kind comment Eva and for the favouriting! :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

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