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Yellow Rose by Dick States

June 2021 - Yellow Rose

About the Image(s)

I took this at Millcreek Park in Youngstown, Ohio in the rose garden. Taken using my 200mm macro lens with a polarizer attached. ISO was 1000 exposure bias was -.07, f-16. Tripod with cable release, natural light on an overcast day. I also used a reflector called sunlight.

6 comments posted

Tracy Szela   Tracy Szela
The lighting on this is fantastic- I really would have thought you used artificial light! Nicely captured and treated. The one thing that is a little distracting is the lighter patch in the background on the left side. Maybe a vignette, graduated filter in lightroom, or something similar would be helpful to darken that? But overall nicely done.   Posted: 06/06/2021 14:23:55
Dick States   Dick States
For me an overcast sky is a must when shooting flowers.   Posted: 06/06/2021 17:38:34

Janet DiMattia   Janet DiMattia
Hi, Dick.
Your Yellow Rose is beautifully done. I especially like the tiny green leaf which directs the eye upward towards the right, allowing one to stop at the unfolding center. Very lovely indeed!
Janet   Posted: 06/08/2021 09:00:31

Charissa Lansing   Charissa Lansing
I agree, this is so well done. The lovely color value and tonality of the rose hold my attention. I can imagine the delicate textures of the rose petals. The placement of the flower in the frame is pleasing and the evidence of the sepal adds to the naturalness of the capture.

As Tracy mentioned the lighter patch (camera left)is noticeable, but I think it reinforces the use of natural light and like seeing it.

My sunlight reflector has a zigzag pattern of gold and silver fabric. Is your sunlight reflector similar? Thanks.   Posted: 06/09/2021 12:52:22

Dick States   Dick States
I allowed the lighter area on the left side to remain because it was another rose in the background that was out of focus. I did debate removing it but I kind of liked it there.
My sunlight reflector is the one I use in most all of my images when shooting flowers. It becomes my secondary light used to fill in the shadow areas to bring out detail in those areas. It is a solid color somewhere between gold and silver but more towards gold. I love what it does.
I may have said this before but I always use a polarizer. If you compare with and without you would never shoot without.   Posted: 06/09/2021 15:22:05

Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Beautifully done rose. Colors and lighting right on. That tiny bit of green at the bottom keeps the rose from floating in air.   Posted: 06/17/2021 05:59:46


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