Thursday, February 7, 2013

Flowering Quince........

During a walk last week I spied branches of some blossoms that I so desperately wanted to photograph, but did not want to risk being accused of trespassing. I did manage to fire off a quick shot from the sidewalk so I could do some research.

What I really wanted was to find a way to get some cut branches inside and set up with window light, but wasn't sure how I was going to make that happen.

After doing a quick Google search, I discovered that the blossoms were from a "Flowering Quince" tree (or is it a shrub? I'm not really sure.....) Later that same day I ran into a good friend with a lot of knowledge in this area. I shoved my iPhone in her face and asked "any idea where I can get some of this?". I thought maybe she would know of a nursery where I could go buy a young, but blossoming tree. 

She then tells me "yes"! She knew of some growing on city property by the railroad tracks. (yay!) 

She told me the approximate location, but that was it. So on a quiet Sunday morning with my coffee in the cup holder, I slowly cruised the area keeping my eyes open for a shock of pink against the gray background of bare winter trees and skies.

It took awhile and I almost missed it, but there it was! Just like she said! Of course I always have clippers with me, and within a few minutes I was happily, (and with no guilt or fear), cutting a few branches and carefully placing them in the back of my van for the short ride home.

I have already taken quite a few photographs but I know I am not finished. I made sure to cut some branches that were just beginning to bloom so I will have those to work with in the next few days.

In the meantime, I played around with this one:

©2013 Dianne Poinski

After my post with the tulips the other day, I received a couple of emails with questions about how I made the image. With that in mind, I decided to show some of the steps I took to create this one. 

Setting up the shot was the first step. I used a piece of white foam core as the background, with window light to the right. Attaching mat board to my brand new Wimberley "Plamps" helped me reflect some of the window light and the white of the foam core back on to the blossoms.

(This is not the actual shot, but close........)

After a few initial adjustments and cropping, this is what I began with:

The next step was to place the Flypaper Texture called "Rialto" over the image.

Warning: This is where I could lose a few of you. Don't worry if this does not make sense.........

I then changed the "blend mode" of the texture layer to "multiply" and set the "opacity" to 73%. (See..... I warned you!) Now the image of the blossoms comes through the texture layer.

Before adding the text, I used the  Nik Color Efex "Classical Soft Focus" filter and adjusted the contrast a bit. 

My new favorite font is called "Champagne and Limousines" and this image was screaming for a quote to be added.

So there you go........... A very general overview of what I did. Let me know if you have any questions!

Cherry blossoms are next and I already have a source for those!

Enjoy your weekend everyone!


  1. Thank you so much for sharing! It is so refreshing to know that such beautiful images don't require much more than an one's imagination and a little white foam board.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Maria! I appreciate your comment. I never use lights, so I have to get a little creative at times!

  2. I have been reading over some of your latest blogs and so enjoying every word. I feel like I am right there with you. Thanks for the step by step tips on your process. I wasn't too lost as some of those techniques I do in the storybook program I use which is really cool. One of these days I am going to move up to Adobe. Miss you Dianne, but loving how you share your creative process! You so inspire me...XXOO Rosalee

    1. Thank you so much Rosalee! Miss you too!