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A rose by any other name...
Hi Everyone - so sorry I haven't been around last month.. we've all had different lurgies yet *I* seem to be the one that's still doing ALL the work! !!! This rose from my dad's garden, is my Homework 4 Gallery upload for the Practical Photography mag 'Camera School' - They are such easy exercises, they make you try out different shots and settings then Give you the settings for the homework and I'm amazed how much I've learnt! - (actually More than the OU Course!) This month's 'homework' was a suitable flower/ JPEG/ Aperture f/3.5-5.6 / ISO 100-400 max/ using tripod or beanbag/ matrix metering/ longest focal length/ exposure compensation/ uncluttered background or colour cards / and ROTs or complementary framing ...I think I got it all .. can't seem to remember it all though!! Lol :) ( Here's the homework Gallery if anyone wants a nose. )
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Album name:Photojunkie / (Babs) Photo Junk!
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Date added:Aug 07, 2013
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Mazda_Man  [Aug 07, 2013 at 08:10 AM]
You have reproduced the rose well, but was there a better one available? This seems to be on the way out as well as a little 'rain battered'. The water is good, but what I tend to do is to take the picture when the rose is dry and just throw on a small amount of water until is looks good. Almost like dew as it were.
The off-centre location is nice but with flowers often a square crop with a central flower also works very well.
Overall it is a very good shot, I would just prefer to see a young fresh rose.
Photojunkie  [Aug 07, 2013 at 09:56 AM]
Thanks Frank! No, this is the first one so far. I think our garden is waterlogged - everything has taken so long to grow and bloom and then it's gone far too quick? The homework gave us options to put water drops etc to 'enhance' the pic .. but you are right, it could be too much
Silversnapper  [Aug 07, 2013 at 06:31 PM]
I like really this shot Barbara. Ok, it wouldn't get a slot in a horticultural catalogue but if I wanted to see that I would buy the catalogue! No, this is a cracking shot of a bloom that has struggled against the odds and still managed to fulfill it's destiny and flower. The colour is subtle and delicate with no burn-out anywhere whilst the dof is spot-on, giving lovely detail throughout the important parts of the image, suppressing the background yet leaving enough detail to give context. If I was going to be really picky I would remove the small detail in the bottom left and perhaps clone out or tone down the yellow smudge top lh side corner. The brief seems to be very liberal and you have made good use of it Babs so well done indeed, you have produced a terrific shot imho.
Beermonsta  [Aug 07, 2013 at 07:47 PM]
I find the image overall very appealing Babs, And I can only agree with the comments above, I think you have done very well here.
George  [Aug 07, 2013 at 07:57 PM]
Fully Blown is the term for an open Rose like this and they have their own section in Rose shows, I used to grow them for such events
An excellent sp├ęcimen that would do good in a show, the only blemish is the dark spot on the petal near the centre.
A lovely shot Barbara, like it loads.
Photojunkie  [Aug 07, 2013 at 08:58 PM]
Thanks for your suggestions everyone, I have now noticed all the odd things that shouldn't be there! - and that 'spot' is a wee beastie George! I notice that noone has suggested I remove the big stem thing in the background - thought you'd tell me about that !
alanuk  [Aug 09, 2013 at 12:27 PM]
You could remove the big stem thing in the background to improve this still further. No, I jest; it's not a problem for me as there is plenty of interest to draw my eye away from it. I bow to George;s superior knowledge about the rose being full blown; I'm just pleased that I recognised it as a rose