There is something about tulips that attracts my other half … if he sees a tulip he has to photograph it and believe me he was in seventh heaven when he visited Great Dixter House and Gardens, there were masses of tulips… every border filled with tulips of different colours and varieties.
On the right is the original photograph taken straight out of the camera… I like the photography but what attracted me to the image was the tulip on the far right, standing there tall and upright. I know when I saw that I wanted to do something with just that tulip.. so I knew that Photoshop would be needed.
Before exporting the image from Lightroom to Photoshop I didn’t do anything to the photograph except crop that part I wanted to use.
The first thing I did was to copy my layer by pressing Control+J. I always do this when I am working on an image.. simply because if I do edits to the photograph that I don’t like which are actually on the photograph, I can delete that layer and I will still have my original there without having to go through a whole lot of re-work.
Once that layer was created I masked out my tulip and then added a Colour Fill Layer, using a black background to the layer.. then I copied the mask of my tulip and inverted the mask.. once I did that I then added a vibrance and curves adjustment layer.
Then I sent the photograph back into Lightroom, where I added a couple of Radial Filters to the image and increased the Saturation of the red… which gave me the result below.
I like that image but I wanted to put the tulip on an angle.. so I went back to Photoshop and then played around with the crop tool and altered the rotation of the crop. So that my Lightroom Import didn’t get overwritten I used the File Save As option and gave my file another name… this re-imported my photo back into Lightroom, without losing my other edit. Then I did the same adjustments are before with the Saturation and Radial Filters.
For my third take of the photograph I just did some basic edits in Lightroom.
I like all three images but my favourite has to be the one labelled, Final Image.