Back Versions (2)
Modifications (1)
Views: 186 (52 Unique)  Award Shortlist   

Pen's Rose 1

By strokebloke  
Taken today, 15th June, just before the rain set in. Not too windy.
A neighbour was clearing and cutting back some trees and shrubbery and out of the tangle emerged this.
Neither I, nor they, had any idea it was there. I certainly appears wild, as they state that they're unable to grow roses, as the ground is not right.
It has had vibr and sat (10) added, cropped, not even sharpened. We'll see what the upload does to it.

Flower experts: Critique and constructive comments, as always, very welcome & much appreciated.
V2 & V3 included

Tags: Photo journalism Flowers and plants Wildlife and nature

Take your photography to the next level and beyond...

  • NEWS

Why not join for free today?

Join for Free

Your total photography experience starts here

This photo is here for critique. Please only comment constructively and with suggestions on how to improve it.


Grampy 8 507 71 England
15 Jun 2011 2:48PM
Super shot Jack,
not a lot to critic here, keep them coming my friend.

Join ePHOTOzine for free and remove these adverts.

graceland 13 2.5k 2 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2011 2:49PM
Grin nice one
iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2011 4:13PM
All three are good images, you have captured the red really well. You can see the texture on the petals. The rain drops add a lot of appeal. V2 is for me is the best composition as it is at a slight angle and shows a little depth whilst still displaying all the fine shaded details inside. V3 has a great profile (maybe the best of all 3) but is a little to the left in the frame. If is generally best to have more space in front of the flower.
Aperture and focus are spot on. Wide enough to throw the background out focus enough to not distract yet the back edge of the flower is in sharp focus. I feel that the rose is a flower where full sharpness is better. (from back to front) In a good rose photos the beauty tends to be in the details and texture of the petals. Some floaty flowers (say a cosmos) are very appealing mostly out of focus (just the centre in focus)
Lighting looks very good, it looks like diffused sunlight which is most often the best.
To get the background even more out of focus choose a flower well away from the background ( greenish veg not brown earth)
To show the pure beauty of a rose many people use a black background. This red rose would be easy to select in PS and place on black. Try and include the stem as they often don't look right just floating.
Good one, yes V2 for me
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
15 Jun 2011 4:22PM
A beauty of a Rose captured at it's very best, with excellent detail and preserved petal texture. Of the three V 3 is my favourite, the side on view with the bud behind, but as Ian says it needs a bits more room to the left for it to "look into".
The presence of the rain drops work so well with a red rose, adding that extra sparkle.
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
15 Jun 2011 4:25PM
V2 for me too Jack.
Nothing else to say. I think Ian's just about summed it up.
strokebloke 9 493 17 England
15 Jun 2011 4:41PM
I can see what you mean about V3. It does need some room to 'look into', doesn't it? I'd only really considered it for people and animals; plants obviously benefit from it too. Another one for the ref book Wink
The stoke wouldn't prevent me gardening Frank. The only reason I don't is because I hate it. And I have a wife who loves it.
I thought the buds added to it [part of it, so to speak] Maybe not. I'll bear it in mind for next time - I can always look at variations with & without buds. Thanks.
strokebloke 9 493 17 England
15 Jun 2011 6:00PM

Quote:I meant photographic gardening Jack

I'm intrigued now to know what you believe my problem to be, Frank. TongueTongue I assumed you meant my 'stroke disability' Smile

Quote:If you find that difficult because your problem, .......
15 Jun 2011 6:38PM
A truely beautiful flower and a truely beautiful photos, terrific just love the vibrant colour.
Regards Roy
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2011 7:37PM
These are lovely, Jack, nice focus on the flower, good blurred background, and sparkly droplets too. I think the uploading has been kind to them. Composition would be my only critique. In V1, the rose is central and the little bud on the left is touching the frame edge. V2 looks good, and seems to be most peoples' favourite, and is nicely balanced by the buds on either side. The matter of extra space in front of the flower in V3 has been covered, but that is actually my favourite, and I also like the inclusion of the bud behind it. We do tnd to humanize flowers, treating them as if they had a face, which of course they do, and if a flower is looking to the left, it needs the space in that area "to look into". Some flowers lean in a particular direction, and the same thing applies, more space in the area into which it is leaning. These, like all other rules, are not hard and fast, but they do tend to work in most cases.
I hope your neighbour didn't cut these down as well, and I suspect that the roses are delighted to see some light.
strokebloke 9 493 17 England
15 Jun 2011 7:50PM
Thank you Pamela. I was delighted with the lack of consequence with the up-load.

Quote:I hope your neighbour didn't cut these down as well, and I suspect that the roses are delighted to see some light.

This flower was, & still is alone, standing on a stem at least five feet tall. I didn't have to bend to take the shots. I suppose it has been supported by all of the surrounding foliage and clutter. [I can say "clutter", because my neighbour isn't an ePz memberWink]
I hope it doesn't snap off now.
I don't know how long rose heads like this last.

Another one for the 'experience folder'.

Thank you all. very much appreciated.
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3878 Canada
15 Jun 2011 10:36PM
All really good jack.

I like the depth of colour; the depth of field is good; rain drops always add a nice element.

The light was good, - no strong sunlight which has helped render the red colour very well. The light has also failed in a sense to get the drops to sparkle, and this is a situation where you could experiment with a very low power fill shot. Dont know if you have a flash other than the one built in, however if you have, it may have a pull out reflective card, so if you point the flash straight up into the sky, the vertical reflective card would give just enough light for a sparkle in the drops.

Ive loaded a mod with a little more sparkle, - I brightened the drops only, and painted in a fw with a small white brush. Ive also sharpened overall, - you can still sharpene a bit more before you upload, after you re size. The main reason though for the mod is to show that with these flower specimen shots, a central, square format composition can work very well.

Hope this adds to the experience folder!


strokebloke 9 493 17 England
15 Jun 2011 11:04PM
Excellent Willie. Thank you very much.

Quote: ........... adds to the experience folder!
Indeed !! Smile
adrian_w Plus
10 3.7k 4 England
16 Jun 2011 12:30PM
just to add my pennyworth, I like the side view of V3, and the lack of space on the left is not really a problem for me. What jarrs slightly is the lighter blue block top left ( out of focus sky?).
Because it's lighter than the rest of the image I find it tends to draw my eye away from the flower. makking it a similar depth to the rest of the b/g would be better.
strokebloke 9 493 17 England
16 Jun 2011 12:39PM
Good morning Adrian.

Quote: ....lighter blue block top left ( out of focus sky?)

I hadn't noticed it at all. It's actually the facade of a house, in the distance, on the other side of the road - probably some 50'-0" away.
I'm sure that it would be easy to clone it into the general b/g. A small detail, but no less important.

Thank you.

paulbroad 10 123 1242 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2011 1:07PM
Nice images with v3 being a little less of a succes due to composition. No problems really - maybe lift the brightness a touch.

V1 Gorgeous image
Mavis Plus
16 143 2 England
1 Aug 2012 9:26AM
Rather beautiful, looks like rich,redvelvet. The raindrops give a bit of a sparkle and version 2 is my favourite but all very good . Does it have a perfume of roses?
1881 6 India
7 Aug 2012 4:01AM

Sign In

You must be a member to leave a comment.

ePHOTOzine, the web's friendliest photography community.

Join For Free

Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more.