Iron Daffodils

I never expected to see daffodils formed in wrought iron. The soft supple saturated yellow petals with tender folds that last a week seemed beyond replication by something so solid, gray, burning red hot then stiffly cold and lasting as wrought iron. But on my morning neighborhood run, iPhone in hand for mobile photography, I discovered, it is possible:

Iron Daffodils in Gray by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2013
Iron Daffodils in Gray by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2013

When I took the photo with the app Camera+, I had to resist cleaning out the spider webs and pine needles nested in the center cups.  After basic editing and cropping in Snapseed, I used the Infrared filters in the app Dramatic B & W to emphasize the painted grey color. Without brilliant yellow color and soft texture, what you’re left to enjoy are the lovely folds and overall form.

There’s no one right way to interpret this image (just like there’s no one right spaghetti sauce) so using my iPad and various apps, I went on to find another, finally settling on this:

Iron Daffodils by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2013
Iron Daffodils by Jennifer Hartnett-Henderson ©2013

I used the Oil Painting filter in the app PhotoForge to add warmth and color, then Aquarelle to add  softness and Glaze to add texture, then Distressed FX for more texture and brightness. Overall the effect is softer, more painterly and more dreamy than the iron gray version.

Daffodils, of course, look nothing like the iron version, nor the black and white version nor the dreamy version. They are a beautiful thing all of their own. Regardless, it is a delicious surprise to see someone try to copy that flower with a material that is so antithetical in every way. I’m so glad I had my “camera” / iPhone / mobile photography with me!

If you’d like to see some other image interpretations and editing apps try these pages on my blog:

Feedback, comments, questions welcome.

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