Carol Sheppard  

Bloomin Perfect by Carol Sheppard

October 2019 - Bloomin Perfect

October 2019 - Carol Sheppard


About the Image(s)

This was taken at the Rose Garden at Manito Park in Spokane. I used my Olympus OMD, which is mirrorless. Handheld, on a windy, overcast day. The settings were f6.3 and 1/320th of a sec, in order to quell the wind movement. ISO was 200. I did some minimal adjustments and removed two tiny blemishes. Then I pulled it into Color Efex to draw out some brightness, detail and added vignetting. Finally, I used Monday Morning filter to give it a smeary look without losing brightness. The crop was just to make the rose the main subject, but I like the reddish tints in the leaves and hoped to use them for leading lines.

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7 comments posted

Denise McKay   Denise McKay
(Group 77)
Your file size is HUGE Carol. So much that it's beyond what can be held on my screen. Can you repost it in the comments at a smaller size?   Posted: 10/08/2019 18:27:48
Denise McKay   Denise McKay
(Group 77)
Carol, I can see why you chose to photograph this flower. The light pink and white is just beautiful. The red stems and leaf edges are pretty and I can see why you wanted to keep them in. I'm debating with myself on whether they are needed to make this a strong photo, since the flower itself has such nice character. I think this is definitely a personal choice situation for sure! Either way the composition is very nice and the exposure is well done.   Posted: 10/18/2019 14:58:00

Bob Crocker   Bob Crocker
Nice image Carol; I like the pink on green, its pleasing to the eye. I see what you mean about the red veins in the background, nice touch. But a higher crop would work too, I think.   Posted: 10/10/2019 13:12:39

This is a pretty rose. Handheld macro on a windy day is a practice in patience! I see how you envisioned the leaves as leading lines to the flower. You put a lot of thought into it. I played with editing a bit, mostly because I haven't done any editing in way too long and since you submitted a large file, I had something big enough to work. I really hope you don't mind! All I did was crop, adjust white balance, remove a few more blemishes, and a slight haze removal. When I save it to a small file it loses some of the color saturation, which I appreciate in your original. It's all a matter of preference, isn't it?   Posted: 10/17/2019 16:46:37
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Carol Sheppard   Carol Sheppard
I like your remake, although the crop is a tad too close for me.
  Posted: 10/18/2019 07:42:54
John Roach   John Roach
(Groups 52 & 64)
I like your choice of flower and the overall color, tone and sharpness as well as depth of field. I think I like the crop suggested by Angie. That helps to bring my eye right to the heart of your image.   Posted: 10/24/2019 11:03:35

Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Coming in late after three weeks in Europe, but I have to agree with the close cropping crowd - this flower is just so gorgeous on it's own that the background, though very nice, isn't really necessary.   Posted: 10/24/2019 14:06:34