Golden light II

Posted by
karla (Omaha, United States) on 24 February 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Tulips have an interesting history. They were first popularized and commercialized by the Ottoman Turks in and before the 16th century. They were eventually introduced to Europe through the studies of a highly regarded 16th century botanist, Carolus Clusius. Hired by the University of Leiden, he brought his collection of bulbs which he was studying for possible medicinal use. The decorative aspect of tulips, however, made them wildly popular with the wealthy, which raised their prices, which made them popular with traders, and which produced the economic chaos known as Tulipomania. Once the dust settled, the Netherlands was well on its way to becoming the European center for production and hybridizing of the tulip. This image is a crop from another image from the same session as The background here is a dyed and spray-painted piece of muslin, sunlit from a window to the right.

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Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Wondrous light and color! Beautiful.

24 Feb 2011 5:36am

@Steve Rice: Thanks, Steve, and thanks for visiting!

Florence from Paris, France

Warm and rich colors, great shot indeed, where the color of the tulips echo the sunlighted wall. Lovely.

24 Feb 2011 8:50am

@Florence: Thank you very much! I appreciate your comment and your visit.

Plichard Mickaël from Toulouse, France

Great work !!
I like the light

24 Feb 2011 10:18am

encore au jardin from France

Nice shot ! well done !

24 Feb 2011 2:25pm

@encore au jardin: Thank you and thank you for visiting!!

RBL from Oxford, United States

Very beautiful, love the rich colors and the window lighting.

24 Feb 2011 4:12pm

@RBL: Thank you, RBL! I appreciate your comment and your visit!

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

These tulips are so beautiful... especially in that fantastic light ! Have a great day :)

24 Feb 2011 6:34pm

Franz from Baden, Austria

very welcome messengers of spring! a high-quality photo, beautifully composed and presented in awesome colors and ligh!

24 Feb 2011 7:54pm

@Franz: Thank you, Franz!!! Your comment is very kind and very much appreciated!

Arnd from Basel, Switzerland

Beautiful close-up with interesting explanatory notes. I love the subject and the colors, but most of all your magical use of light!

24 Feb 2011 10:30pm

@Arnd: Very special comment! I thank you.

Larry Lefever from Lititz, United States

Thanks, not only for a beautiful image, but for the interesting back story of my favorite flower. Nicely done.

24 Feb 2011 11:20pm

@Larry Lefever: You are very welcome, Larry! Thanks for coming by to take a look. I was sidetracked by the history for quite a while. It's a beautiful flower, with so many shapes and colors available.

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


25 Feb 2011 12:08am

@john4jack: Thank you very much! Thanks for your visit and all your comments. They are much appreciated.

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Stunning light and colour. Superb!

25 Feb 2011 7:43am

@Richard: Thank you, Richard! Thanks for your visit and your kind comment.

Marcie from Newton, United States

Exquisitely beautiful..stunning color and light!

25 Feb 2011 12:38pm

@Marcie: Thank you very much, Marcie! I appreciate your kind remarks.

max from Verneuil sur Seine, France

I don't like very much flowers pictures but yours is simply fanrastic.
Great shot

25 Feb 2011 6:00pm

@max: Thanks, Max! The light in this image seems to be the "main character", although I started out thinking the tulips were. Thank you for visiting!!

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Lovely rich coloring here . . the light is gorgeous.

25 Feb 2011 7:49pm

@Ronnie 2¢: Thank you, Ronnie! Very glad you like it. I appreciate the comment and the visit.

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Gorgeous light and color in this image .

25 Feb 2011 11:14pm

@MARIANA: Thank you, Mariana!

ceanothe from France

A great shot !

26 Feb 2011 10:45am

@ceanothe: Thank you! Thank you for visiting here. I looked at your blog---your images on your blog are exquisite!

Don from Spokane, United States

A beautiful flower shot with impressive deep colors and excellent detail. The light fall on the wall adds a distinctive element that enhances the shot. Very well done.

26 Feb 2011 1:30pm

@Don: Thank you very much, Don! I appreciate your comment and your visit.

Marie from FRESNES, France

woow, wonderful light !

26 Feb 2011 10:25pm

@Marie: Thanks, Marie!

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

Lovely colors and tones in this image. I especially like the light and dark. Great use of shadows!!

1 Mar 2011 11:25am

@Anita: Thanks! Sunlight provides some happy moments of lighting effects. Sometimes I don't appreciate them fully until much later.

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Beautiful composition and light, and do you know the tip of pricking the stem (the part in water) will keep them from flopping over

6 Mar 2011 5:23pm

@Christine: That is interesting about pricking the stem. In this image, I think the leaning tulips were important to the composition. But now I will know that trick when I want them more upright! Thanks for your visit and your comment. Happy to learn something new.