Crocus flowers: Turning heads on the school run

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It’s hard to believe it, but earlier this week it seemed like spring had actually arrived. We had two days of back to back sunshine and I passed these crocus plants on the school run during one of these glorious mornings.

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I passed these flowers one sunny morning and simply had to stop the car and take some photographs of them.

As you can see, the flowers were bright purple. I simply had to return with my camera to photograph them.

On closer inspection I noticed the bright yellow stamens on the inside. There was bright sunshine, bright purple leaves and brightly coloured yellow stamen. It was a very uplifting scene and very spring like!

Following on from my recent experiment with selective colour, I thought I would use this technique again to highlight the amazing colours of these crocus flowers.

I took the image in close up mode. During the editing process, I reduced the hue and saturation until the image was almost entirely black and white.

Unlike my previous attempt, I kept some of the colour in the image so there was still some green and brown in the background. I then reinstated the colour in the leaves and stamens by painting them back in.

It’s fascinating to think that is a process photographers used to do by physically painting the colours into the pictures using brushes. It still requires some skill to do it with a computer but it’s not like the old days.

Anyway, this was a fun little experiment. I hope you like the result. To me it looks slightly other worldly although the bright colours do stand out, which was my intention.

I will be linking this to one of my favourite blogging linkies. It’s called #MySundayPhoto and it is hosted by the Photalife blog. If you have liked this picture, I recommend clicking on the badge below and visiting the linky as it features photography from some very talented bloggers.




33 thoughts on “Crocus flowers: Turning heads on the school run”

  1. Hi John, very nicely done. The colours of the crocus are highlighted beautifully. I’ve never tried this process, but I’m going to have to now! I can’t imagine how painstaking it was to paint colour in in the good old days.


  2. Great light! I like the use of selective colour, it’s nice and subtle with a little bit of the green left. It makes those flowers really pop out! Good luck with Spring, I’m sure it will show up soon… You probably don’t want to know that it was 38 C here today… sorry.

    1. You’re correct, I don’t want to know….I want to experience it! Best of luck with your impending winter.

  3. Won’t be seeing anything like that any time soon. There’s currently snow everywhere. That sounds very much like deja vu! #MySundayPhoto

  4. I didn’t really notice what you’d done until I read it. The crocuses are gorgeous and they do stand out. I’m not sure whether I’d prefer them just straight against the normal background

    1. Very kind of you to say so Victoria. And from someone who knows their photography I shall take that as a compliment!

    1. Crocuses and daffodils and that’s it in our area. Although some of the trees are starting to blossom which is nice.

  5. Paul @ Topsy Turvy Tribe

    At first glance I thought it was a photo crocuses in the snow. The technique is really effective!

  6. You know I do like the effect and it bears looking at more closely. The desaturated background and green of the leaves really make the violet, orange and yellow-orange pop. I especially love the water drops on the petals. Lovely.

    1. Oh the water drops, yes, They’re the reason I took the image in close-up mode. They come out quite well don’t they?

  7. Jade @ Captured By Jade

    Signs of spring are definitely uplifting at the moment… Looking outside today, you wouldn’t believe the arrival of spring was just a couple of days away #MySundayPhoto

    1. It was exactly the same at our house. This photo was a reminder of all that sun we had, just a few days beforehand!

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