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"Raindrops Keep Falling........."

By RonnieAG
Hybrid tea rose "National Trust" photographed in situ on the bush during a lull in yesterday's rain.
The background was untidy and the leaves on this bush were badly blighted with black spot, one of the few of our bushes so affected this year.
So the background had to go........hope the result still appeals.

Details: see EXIF.......... (NB. I always find these red roses difficult to capture, but after trying a variety of settings, I find reducing the Exposure Compensation to -2.00 seems to work well, allowing colour and textures to be recorded accurately)

My thanks to all who CandC'd on "The First Sweet Peas" and my special thanks to Graham {digital_boi}, Christopher {snag}, Robert {cabbie} and Jeannette {Starjadiz} for their User Awards...........4 for one image, a record for any of my shots. Thank you all so much.


Tags: Raindrops Rose Flowers and plants National trust Hybrid tea Digitally altered bandg

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morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2011 12:08AM
Good morning Ronnie, what a beautiful rose, gorgeous colour and I love the water droplets.


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andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2011 12:08AM
good morning ronnie
wonderful colour brilliant detail and those rain drops set this off a treat a real gem top shot Wink
2 Aug 2011 12:17AM
A beautiful rose, wonderful colour and yes the water droplets complete the picture..Lin
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
2 Aug 2011 12:20AM
Super detail in the water droplets Ronnie.
Looks more like ice !!
Excellent close up.
LexEquine 11 19 United States
2 Aug 2011 12:22AM
Lovely! 5 *****STARs.

Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
2 Aug 2011 12:23AM
Beautifully captured with the raindrops Ronnie............Sandy
2 Aug 2011 12:42AM
Beautiful image Ronnie lovely colour the black back ground sets off the red , well done.
Allen, Smile
JPatrickM 11 2 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2011 12:48AM
You've shown us shots of this rose before Ronnie and it's a real beauty. Superb colour rendition, and those raindrops to add sparkle. Marvellous.
User_Removed 9 26 2 United States
2 Aug 2011 1:22AM
For a minute, I thought the rose scent came from the photo, it was so real! Beautiful, Ronnie, and love the waterdrops.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
2 Aug 2011 1:22AM
A gorgeous rain covered rose, so beautiful!
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
2 Aug 2011 4:26AM
Something to be said for rain when you get a cracking shot like this, Ronnie! Glorious colour and light and the alteration to the bg has really thrown the Rose details forward perfectly.

2 Aug 2011 4:50AM
The rain droplets always do the trick Ronnie and of course the black back ground to help push the image forward. Like yourself i struggle with reds most of the time.Yesterdays excellent image was well worth the 4 awards nice work again

Graham GrinGrinGrinGrin
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
2 Aug 2011 5:02AM
A beautiful presentation of this rose

pascalg Plus
10 37 France
2 Aug 2011 5:37AM
a beauty again Smile
2 Aug 2011 6:08AM
Excellent detail and presentation.
You see rain has more than one good purpose Ronnie, waters the flowers naturally and gives photographers these little jewels od water to adorn a wonderful rose. The setting is quite perfect, deserves a place in the arcade. Wink

jkennedy 12 4 1 Indonesia
2 Aug 2011 6:33AM
Stunningly beautiful Ronnie, glorious detail and sharp as a tack. Perfectly presented. Deserves FAR more attention and an award. Great stuff.

CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
2 Aug 2011 6:34AM
Very beautiful, Ronnie, the rain drops always enhance an image, like little jewels on a bed of velvet. Carol
SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2011 7:22AM
Gorgeous shot and the rose is a lovely colour.
Ray42 10 3 England
2 Aug 2011 7:32AM
What a beautiful rose - very nicely captured Ronnie
saltireblue Plus
7 7.9k 33 Norway
2 Aug 2011 7:48AM
Doing away with the bg, (even if it had been OK) serves to focus our attention on the perfect details of the rose and the almost ice-like water droplets, Ronnie. A quality shot indeed.

CaroleS Plus
7 433 3 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2011 7:56AM
A lovely rose and those raindrops add the sparkle. Carole
geffers7 Plus
7 51 1 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2011 8:35AM
Beautiful colour and detail Ronnie.
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2011 8:54AM
In those circumstances, getting rid of the background was the only thing to do, and you have presented this wonderful rose beautifully.
sherring 10 46 13 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2011 9:04AM
Morning Ronnie.

A great image of this rose and you have removed the background very well, something I hate doing. I agree about capturing reds. They often seem to blow out, If you shoot RAW it helps as the detail is usually still there, The camera LCD shows Jpeg IQ and isn't THAT accurate. The histogram being based on a generated Jpeg means that it can be influenced by things like contrast, saturation, picture styles, and the color space that has been set in-camera for Jpegs (sRGB or AdobeRGB).

In fact, the red channel (in the raw data) rarely clips on a typical DSLR with a normal daylight exposure, because the red sensitivity is very low (about 1.5 stops darker than green). If one was to reduce exposure till the red histogram no longer showed clipping, then the actual raw red channel would be very underexposed with a poor SNR. Result: noisy red flowers!

Here is a link to the complete article over at Luminous Landscape:

Regards Steve.
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2011 9:16AM
Wonderful rose and with the raindrops there Ronnie it has given an extra feel of beauty
with the black background perfectGrin
2 Aug 2011 9:18AM
What a perfect capture Ronnie, wonderful picture...Mal.
dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2011 9:22AM
It looks so good Ronnie.

annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
2 Aug 2011 10:25AM
simply beautiful. and thanks for the hint with -2 compensation!!!
Anna62 7 1 Australia
2 Aug 2011 10:58AM
Exquisite rose, Ronnie Smile
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
2 Aug 2011 11:06AM
Clasic rose capture Ronnie, nice one mate.


viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2011 11:29AM
I agree Ronnie, a very difficult colour to capture correctly. Thanks for the advice. This is a beautiful result.

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2011 11:59AM
Those drops are like diamonds
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
2 Aug 2011 12:00PM

Quote:...I always find these red roses difficult to capture...
Funny you should say that, Ronnie, I find photographing and processing poppies difficult. My Coming in to land to ages to get something like. If I desaturated the colours it brought back detail in the petals, but the colours looked wishy-washy. Increasing the saturation lost detail in the petals! Sad So, well done here, in getting this beautifully captured and presented, and like the raindrops, too, which enhance an already super image Smile
9 10 10 England
2 Aug 2011 1:26PM
More perfect beauty Ronnie.
Shellio 7 2 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2011 3:34PM
Really stands out against the black b/g and great to see the water droplets, Ronnie.
moiral 7 12 Scotland
2 Aug 2011 5:30PM
A very beautiful shot Ronnie. I want to remove background from a shot, but haven't a clue what to do. Moira
Niknut Plus
8 1.8k 76 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2011 5:34PM
Mmmmmm.....a corker !.....just 'dripping' with quality ???????.WinkWink
JackieB 7 18 3 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2011 6:59PM
Another beautiful bloom Ronnie, you must have a fantastically colourful garden

2 Aug 2011 7:11PM
Wonderful Rose Ronnie Grin

Billyray 10 70 3 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2011 8:16PM
Another superb shot Ronnie. Excellent detail and colour. Thanks for the tip re 'exposure compensation', I shall certainly be giving that a try.
2 Aug 2011 8:19PM
A wonderful image Ronnie, excellent work.
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
2 Aug 2011 8:31PM
Quality shines through here again Ronnie, very interesting info from sherring re the the red channel,
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
2 Aug 2011 9:10PM

Quote: I find photographing and processing poppies difficult
I found poppies really difficult same as Trevor they looked ok'ish on screen but printed all the detail showed as red blobs - you did well with this beautiful rose shot
Another stunning flower image,you do these so well,Ronnie Smile
lobski 6 2 1 Philippines
3 Aug 2011 3:54AM
So beautiful and amazing capture. Fantastic!

Fred Grin
Dilys 7 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2011 6:08AM
Lovely image with beautiful colouring. Love the Black B/G, well presented
NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
3 Aug 2011 10:42AM
Bejewelled rose Ronnie ,lovely.
JustDucky 7 8 Canada
3 Aug 2011 5:50PM
fantastic detail of this red beauty - a real stunner. Wonderful Ronnie
4 Aug 2011 11:37PM
Lovely! What more to say? A
5 Aug 2011 11:32AM
Beautiful rose, love the raindrops
wolf1 8 9 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2011 7:22AM
A very nice shot, love the raindrops and th background.
Ian-Jones Plus
14 129 2 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2011 4:36PM
Yup the isolation worked well and the raindrops add that little extra.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
8 Aug 2011 9:08PM
Simply stunning Ronnie, such gorgeous colour and super presentation. The raindrops further enhance this top class image
15 Oct 2011 9:48AM
A truly beautiful shot Grin

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