Study of a Rose

As autumn draws ever closer here in the United Kingdom, the last of the summer roses go out in a blaze of colour for a final time in 2012. The following pictures are of one such rose in my garden. I would be interested in knowing which one of the four you like best, or none as well!

Please click on each picture to view a full size version. In order to achieve a dark background, I have used a flash and post-processed to cut darks and shadows.

Technical Details:

Nikon D80
SB600 Speedlight Flash
1/125 to 1/40 f/7.1 ISO200
Sigma 105mm f/2.8 macro lens
Post-processed in Adobe Lightroom 4.1


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Scientist, hobby photographer and amateur gardener

12 thoughts on “Study of a Rose”

  1. J: I really liked the details and the angle of the fourth photo. But found the silvery reflections on the outer petals of the flash very distracting. So the first photgraph looks the best; including the fact that the imperfections of the flower is showing. Wish you had taken this in natural light.

    1. Thanks Bala.. The second and fourth are the same angle of the picture.. For the 3rd and fourth I sprayed some water on the flower to check the effect of reflection on the picture! 1 and 3 are the same angle and picture, with and without the spray effect.

  2. I liked the 2nd one best because of the sharpness towards the centre ad the angle of your shooting.
    Am I right in assuming that the 3rd and 4th are the 1st and 2nd processed differently?
    The first one is nice and I liked the uneveness of the outermost petals but somethng about it doesn’t sit right with me (maybe it would have been nicer with some of the leaves showing….).
    I find the highlights in the 3rd one distracting and the 4th one isn’t as sharp (contrasting) as the 2nd one though I liked the “sparkel” on the edge of the petals. 🙂

    1. Thanks Aparna. Funnily enough there are no leaves on these rose branches.. just the flowers on long stalks. In natural light, there would be a dull green bokeh from the background which I purposely under-exposed. 3rd and 4th pictures are about the same as 1 and 2 but with the added effect of a fine water spray! So in effect they are different pictures in the same setting.

  3. Knowing that the beautiful rose and the photographer are the constant factors, the variables being my visual perception and the angulation of the camera, I liked the 1st picture the best followed by 2nd, 4th and 3rd. The 1st picture has revealed the inner petals very gracefully.

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