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Do you know of any other country in the world that is more known for a single flower!  Or that has its bulbs in almost every garden everywhere worldwide!  We have tulips in our Atlanta garden from Holland.   Do you?

This past Sunday we walked along the Singel Canal in Amsterdam where the long, floating Bloemenmarkt (flower market) sits.  It's supposedly the only floating flower market in the world.  Got tulips?  You better believe it!

I gave these tulips the Watercolor Filter twice in PhotoShop.  (The first time was barely discernible.)

Addendum:  here's the original, asked for by several of you.

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


Country of Origin

Do you know of any other country in the world that is more known for a single flower!  Or that has its bulbs in almost every garden everywhere worldwide!  We have tulips in our Atlanta garden from Holland.   Do you?

This past Sunday we walked along the Singel Canal in Amsterdam where the long, floating Bloemenmarkt (flower market) sits.  It's supposedly the only floating flower market in the world.  Got tulips?  You better believe it!

I gave these tulips the Watercolor Filter twice in PhotoShop.  (The first time was barely discernible.)

Addendum:  here's the original, asked for by several of you.

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


comments (32)

I like.
Ginnie Hart: smile
Very pretty, Ginnie! I love these tulips, and the watercolor filter works so well for this type of picture.

They have tulip gardens in Washington state. Not sure how they compare with Holland, tho'.

Nicely done! wink
Ginnie Hart: Well, tulips are tulips, Kay, so I'm guessing they do compare well. I think Holland is particularly known for selling/sending its bulbs all around the world! Thanks.
Looks like a watercolor and I actually like the effect (usually not a big fan of this treatment).
Ginnie Hart: Glad you like it, Martin. If I were a painter, watercolor would be my medium, which is why I favor it. Thanks.
Lovely work with the PP Ginnie. Great shot smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Thomas.
I totally dig the artistic filter, Ginnie! So fun. Ya know how I like to play around in PS. hee!
I used to have tulips at our hideaway till the gophers found them tasty. Sigh. I don't remember if they were Holland tulips, though.
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes, Mad. I know you and how you like to play around. smile Glad you like this. Too bad about any critters who dig in for a feast, though. Sorry to hear that. sad
Nice melting pot of frames and colors. Well done Ginnie. Have a nice day !
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Roland. You're a sweetheart.
This has a great arty feel to it !!!
Ginnie Hart: And I do hope you like 'arty,' Shakara. smile Thanks.
Roland has a lovely way of putting things sometimes and I think that has to be the best description for this image. I like the effect the treatment has given to this image and I would think it's because the colours are so strong that you had to apply it twice. For me, I would like to see this without treatment; it is such a beautiful study, it stands by itself.
Ginnie Hart: One of the things I do NOT like about SC is not being able to post two pics on the same page, to show the before and after. But I'll see if I can add the original here: http://www.ginniehart.shutterchance.com/photoblog/73409.htm
The watercolor filter works great in this shot
I like tulips smile
Ginnie Hart: Glad you like it, Magnus. Thanks. Oh, and welcome back!! smile
great crop and framing this way
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Chantal.
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 19 Apr 2007, 10:42
This is really wonderful, Ginnie. I love the photo composition and framing. The effect is perfect. I would also like to see the original to see the texture of the leaves and petals that way. But this is brilliant!

2 more days!!!!! grin
Ginnie Hart: Ok, Ruth, for you and PP both, here's the original, without PPing:
http://www.ginniehart.shutterchance.com/photoblog/73409.htm

Yup. Two more days. How can we stand it!
As everyone knows I'm not of fan of PS but I have to say I do like this effect of what looks like a very good image in it's own right. I've got tulips in my garden as well. Hows the weather in Alanta, my sister told me they had some snow up in NYC a couple of days ago.
Ginnie Hart: Glad you like this even though you're not a fan, Johnny. Thanks for your comment. I have shown the original to Ruth and PP, so here it is for you. I personally think the PPg filter helped the pic:
http://www.ginniehart.shutterchance.com/photoblog/73409.htm

Believe it or not, the weather is quite cool in Atlanta right now (cooler than when we were just in Amsterdam over the weekend). It's also very dry, with our rain deficit growing to 9 inches for the year thus far. Not good! Water rationing is already in effect.
  • Julischka
  • the centre of EU
  • 19 Apr 2007, 14:00
I like your PP. Matches very well with the flowers. There's also a song. I think it's "Tulpen aus Amsterdam".
I have a similar picture, maybe I should try something like that.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Julia. Don't know that song but it makes sense that there would be one for Amsterdam!!!
  • Suby
  • UK, Milton Keynes
  • 19 Apr 2007, 14:01
Hope you enjoying your trip, like the PP you have done to this shot, works well

Suby
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Mr. Suby!
pp takes a bit of getting used to but it does have a nice effect...
Ginnie Hart: In this case, Sam, I think the PPg helped the pic. Here's the original:
http://www.ginniehart.shutterchance.com/photoblog/73409.htm
The pp looks good and at the same time I think - this is probably a good shoot without the pp as well....
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Aksel. Here's the original and I'll let you decide:
http://www.ginniehart.shutterchance.com/photoblog/73409.htm
this is a shot I will print and hang on the wall.
Ginnie Hart: Such very kind words, Dotun. Thanks.
Very nice effect, Ginnie ! A good rendering (don't know if the word is correct ?)on texture and colours for the petals. Well done.
Ginnie Hart: Sounds like a good word to me, for which I thank you, Florence.
  • Steve
  • 19 Apr 2007, 18:29
Hi Ginnie. I think you've used the watercolor filter very effectively here, and your composition is spot-on too.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks you kindly, Steve.
  • Steve
  • 19 Apr 2007, 18:31
Hi Ginnie, I tried to see your original, but there's a message saying the photo is not on display to the public. I think that means you need to assign a date (any date) to it.
Ginnie Hart: I have now assigned it a date, Steve, as you know. Thanks for bringing that to my attention:
http://www.ginniehart.shutterchance.com/photoblog/73409.htm
  • chris p
  • the swifts have arrived now too!
  • 19 Apr 2007, 21:09
One of your best Ginnie, very well taken (now in my likeys too) smile
Ginnie Hart: You've honored me, Chris. Thank you kindly.

Tomorrow (Saturday) I'll be honoring YOU. grin
  • Sinem
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 19 Apr 2007, 21:17
Love the harmony of red and green.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Sinem.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 19 Apr 2007, 21:25
On my first spring visit to Holland I was amazed by the beautiful tulip fields. The next day you drive by the plants are there and all the flowers are on the ground. I was shocked. The dutch explained to me that the tulips are grown for the bulbs that are sold worldwide. Taking the flowers off aids bulb growth.

In the 1960's some enterprising dutch emigrated to South Africa and started their own tulip fields here. The difference is that they buy the bulbs, grow the flowers and sell it - apart from SA a great many end up in Holland!

Good choice to watercolour this pic. A great one.
Ginnie Hart: Yup. It's all in the bulbs, I guess. But what a great flower to send around the world! Thanks, Louis.
Great!! Everything about this works, composition, colour, filter, form, texture. Good work.
Ginnie Hart: That means a lot coming from you, Ron. Thanks.
  • Ellie
  • 19 Apr 2007, 22:33
What beautifully soft colours, and wonderful grey/green foliage.

I like what you've done with this picture, it's really lovely.

It's no wonder some people bankrupted themselves when tulips first became available, although I couldn't imagine mortgaging my house for a bulb, could you?
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Ellie.

No, I can't imagine mortgaging my house for a bulb either! But someone has sure made off like a bandit!
I like the effect you've put on this, Ginnie. And as for tulips, I am waiting patiently for mine to bloom in the garden. We are a fair bit north of Atlanta, though, so it will be a while yet. (I hope to see my first daffodils this weekend.)
Ginnie Hart: Man! I am so surprised about how late spring is coming for you in the north, Karen. But then, I know you've had unseasonably cold weather of late. The good news is that spring IS coming to you. I hope you get your daffodils this weekend!
  • Abidemi
  • London, U.K.
  • 20 Apr 2007, 06:47
flawless
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Abidemi. Thank you.
  • Mia
  • 20 Apr 2007, 07:56
You paint very well madame Ginnie smile both the original and post-processed would get top marks in art class
Ginnie Hart: You're so sweet, Mia. Thanks. smile
  • Otto K.
  • Atlanta, US
  • 20 Apr 2007, 13:36
Beautiful image. I like what you did to this, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million for stopping by and commenting, Otto. A fellow Atlantan! I like that. smile
  • Monika
  • London
  • 20 Apr 2007, 16:56
I like the idea of watercolour filter, I may experiment with it a bit as I have plenty picture of tulips from Eden Project... smile You got wonderfull colours here, have you obtained them during PP work or they are real?
Ginnie Hart: I love using the watercolor filter, Monika, whenever it seems right. These colors are exactly out of the camera. I tried to apply Contrast but it was almost blinding, so I left it alone. Thanks for your comment.
Like very much this one too smile
Ginnie Hart: Bless you, Zeb. Thanks.
The filter gives a very interesting result. I LOVE tulips.

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