The parrot tulip is quite a stunning flower. I was attracted to their unusual multicolour petals and feathered, crinckly petal shape. They look quite amazing when the flower opens up and the jagged edges move to varying angles and display different colours. I think this is an apricot parrot tulip.
Nikon 200 and Sigma 50 mm macro lense. Slight enhancement of vibrance, correction of lighting, polarisation filter and cropping in CS4 with NikColorEfex filters.
Featured in Collective Collage
Collage created in CS4, using different layers and textured background:
Before I start creating a collage I always select a set of suitable pictures on a theme and draw a rough diagram on paper how I’d like to have the layout e.g. 1 portrait shot surrounded by four landscapes. I save copies of all the shots into a sub-folder and do any necessary post-pro on the individual shots. Then I proceed as follows:
- create a new file with 2:3 format as required by Redbubble e.g 4000×6000 px.
- fill the background layer, including treatment, etc.
- create a new layer for the collage
- set the margins by adding new guides e.g. at 400, 5600 vertical and 400, 3600 horizontal.
- Now comes some maths: calculate the width and height of each shot taking into account the margins and the space between shots while keeping aesthetic proportions.
Let’s take the width as an example:
6000 px total width
- 2 × 400 px margins
- 2 × 100 px space
= 5000 px in total available for the shots.
The simplest solution is to divide the shots evenly i.e. 5000/3 = 1666 px per shot (the middle shot can have 2 px more:-)
- Follow the same process for the height, adding more space for the text as necessary.
- Add new guides at the left-hand and upper position of each shot, as required
- Separately, crop each shot to the resulting sizes , copy and insert into the collage. Moving to fit in the set guides.
- Adjust the layout of shots to match theme and giving a pleasing composition.
- Add text as required
- Save in jpg for uploading to Redbubble.
A version with darker background: