One Four: Tibouchina 1 (Dreamy)

Dreamy Tibouchina flowers.

Dreamy Tibouchina flowers.

My first treatment of my chosen photo for September’s One Four Challenge was inspired by Robyn’s own photo of sweet peas (click here to see her photo). I loved the ethereal look of her flowers and she was kind enough to give me some tips.

I started out trying to match that look, but sort of wandered off into this soft, dreamy look instead! I made the following adjustments in Adobe Camera Raw: increased exposure, highlights, shadows and whites; decreased clarity; reduced luminance noise; increased luminance levels for the purples and magentas.

The flowers are from a dwarf Tibouchina “Cool Baby”: when they begin to open they are white with purple touches (left), and become a mauve colour when fully open (right).

A note about Tibouchinas: “Tibouchina /ˌtɪbuːˈkaɪnə/ is a genus of about 350 species of neotropical plants in the family Melastomataceae. They are trees, shrubs or subshrubs growing 0.5–25 m tall, and are known as glory bushes or glory trees. They are native to rainforests of Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America, especially Brazil. The name comes from an adaptation of a term for a member of this genus in an indigenous language of the Guianas. (from Wikipedia)

25 thoughts on “One Four: Tibouchina 1 (Dreamy)

  1. Tibouchinas look so lovely when they’re purple and white on the bush.
    I’m so glad you were inspired and ended up experimenting. That’s awesome and I really love your result 😃😃
    Hope you have more fun!!


  2. lensaddiction says:

    Very pretty, soft and delicate. I like how you kept the strong purple colour in the anthers/stamens to balance it out 🙂


  3. I’ve never seen this flower before, but I really like what you have done with it. So soft and yet so full of detail, great job. 😀


    • Thanks Nic. Tibouchina is usually seen as a tree about 4 metres tall, covered in dark purple flowers in spring. My plant is a dwarf shrub (80cm h x 60cm w when fully grown), with these pale mauve and white flowers.

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