Sandra Irwin  


Garden Rose by Sandra Irwin

July 2021 - Garden Rose

About the Image(s)

I took this in my garden a few years ago, and pulled it out as I am still recovering from back surgery. I took it with my Canon EOSD Mark IV and an EF 100 M macro . It is ISO 160, 100 mm, f/50.


9 comments posted




Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
Wow, I hope you heal well from back surgery. This is a wonderful rose, and represents July for me. Red is a difficult color to shoot, I would try toning it down with shadow highlights to try to get some separation in the petals. I really like the blur of contrasting greens and tones in your background, although I would consider removing the other red on the left only because it is on the outside edge and draws the eye.   Posted: 07/07/2021 13:03:52



Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Sandra, Nice capture. I like the soft feeling to the rose, and that you left in some of the texture. I agree with Lauren that red is difficult to shoot, and add work with. I like the blurred red on the upper right corner. I would like to see more separation in the areas I have circled.   Posted: 07/09/2021 15:56:19
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Sandra Irwin   Sandra Irwin
I have no idea what you mean by separation nor how I would achieve it. Can you explain, please? I am a beginner.   Posted: 07/20/2021 21:50:40
Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Sandra, In the image the petals look merged. If there was a subtle separation of the petals I think you would have a stronger. I used an adjustment brush in ACR and made very slight adjustments: lowered saturation, contrast and exposure; increased clarity and texture; slightly adjusted the hue in red, blue and magenta.   Posted: 07/21/2021 09:14:26
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Peter Newman   Peter Newman
I don't know what happened. In my reply even though I clicked on the correct image, a different image came up. Sorry for the multiple postings.
  Posted: 07/21/2021 09:17:27



Peter Newman   Peter Newman
Sandra, Nice capture. I like the soft feeling to the rose, and that you left in some of the texture. I agree with Lauren that red is difficult to shoot, and add work with. I like the blurred red on the upper right corner. I would like to see more separation in the areas I have circled.   Posted: 07/09/2021 15:56:20
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Karl Leck   Karl Leck
Hi Sandra, The rose is on the edge of the color gamut and beginning to lose detail. As others mentioned, desaturating the red and magenta in the background would help clean up the image. This image might benefit from a soft artsy interpretation. Karl   Posted: 07/12/2021 22:13:42



Freddie Kelvin   Freddie Kelvin
Like others have said, the softness of this image is very appealing. I agree that desaturation would help to soften the effect.   Posted: 07/19/2021 17:38:53



Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
Sandra, welcome back!! Creating images within the boundaries of your dwelling led to a very artistic image. The background bokeh is wonderful and complements well the red of the rose. The shape of the rose is great and the tiny points of yellow add interest. The bold color reaches out to say "summer is here". All the suggested modifications would indeed make that rose look more natural, but I rather like it in its abstract form.   Posted: 07/19/2021 18:52:30



 

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