Charles Ginsburgh  

Rose Edge by Charles Ginsburgh

August 2019 - Rose Edge

About the Image(s)

I have been working on getting better Macro shots in a single image (as opposed to using focus stacking), a departure from my normal tendencies. So, I wanted to do something simple as a single image yet interesting with shadows and dimension.

Here I took a rather simple subject (a dried rose in a vase), and positioned it on my living room table with a single, strategically placed LED light (to light the inner petals), while letting the ambient light of the morning to illuminate the remainder of the bloom. In this image I looked to capture the edge of the rose (rather than the whole bloom) with the goal of capturing the differing shadows within the petals.

This was taken as a single shot, and as such I was concerned to get the greatest depth-of-field, so I used a very small aperture (f/32) with a 5 second exposure at ISO 400 with a Canon 100 mm f/2.8 macro lens. This image was lightly processed in Photoshop, emphasizing the shadows in the petals and to blur out the background.

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5 comments posted

Oscar Pung   Oscar Pung
Wonderful detail, light and colors Charlie. I like your composition and the blurred background as well.   Posted: 08/07/2019 16:03:51

Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
The flower's colors, chosen background and exposure is lovely, as is the clarity of the flower's veins. I'm not too sure of the white line coming down the length of the petal toward the bottom and I probably would have removed it.

As a side note I noticed some of the petals roll in and some roll out. If one were to follow Feng Shui, the rolling out would provide energy, rolling in would not. A flower conundrum!   Posted: 08/09/2019 17:26:03
Charles Ginsburgh   Charles Ginsburgh
I did not see the white line that you note, but now that I do I don't disagree with you at all.

Isn't it interesting how we miss these types of things in our own images while we see them in other's. Part of the "Photography Learning Curve".   Posted: 08/16/2019 15:20:55

Janos Demeter   Janos Demeter
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Wonderful flower image. I know that a dried flower should not look like a living one, still it looks a little too dark to me. The whit line Lynne mentions is perhaps the reflection of the led you used. To me it is not a distracting element at all.   Posted: 08/19/2019 00:51:54

Angela Chan   Angela Chan
I agree with Janos about the white line.
I enjoy the exposure and detail texture; brighter semi translucent petals contrasting with shaowy parts.
Great shot.   Posted: 08/27/2019 10:03:16