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Rose - The Golden Years

By ChiliMan
Wow…Robin, thank you sooo much for your splendiferous User Award on the previous pic! And thanks to everyone else for the wonderful response.

Bill, I’m so glad you said, “…floating still life…” in the previous image. ’Cos it made me look at the image again and then I saw that I’d processed it too dark, sending the stems receding into shadow. Bah. I’d done some ‘lazy processing’, i.e., lying on my back in bed, legs arched, laptop leaned against thighs. And obviously the screen wasn’t at the right angle and was at the ‘too bright’ angle. I’ve re-processed today’s shot because of that and I hope the stem is more visible now. I didn’t wipe out the background into complete black this time, though. Hey Bill, tell me if this looks too dark, ya? Everyone else, tell me if you think so too!

Ann (Canadiann), no, I didn’t place dried roses into water…lol Grin In fact, these weren’t dried roses yet. The roses were in water all the way from the time they were fresh. They kept aging through water changes and I photographed them in their golden years while they were still in water. I’ve always kept cut flowers in water until it’s their time to go. I’ve never taken them out and dried them. Just couldn’t. All the dried stuff I’ve taken in the past (save for one rose from the garden) have incidental aging or aging taken place on the plant itself or stuff found on the ground or fallen somewhere.

Today’s pic is a singular rose, once again rising out of the same Brand’s Essence of Chicken bottle Smile


Tags: Beautiful Flower Rose Dried Flowers and plants Floral portrait Drying Portraits and people Mature Betty white

Voters: nigele1, andylea, Chant57 and 32 more

Readers' Choice Awards are given to photos that get over 30 votes


andylea 11 37 1 United Kingdom
8 May 2010 10:51PM
wonderful tones and textures brilliant detail a cracking capture nice one Wink

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taggart Plus
15 47 14 United States
8 May 2010 11:00PM
Greata colors -- the roses and the bottles-- Like these old roses!
EAS 10 1 13 Scotland
8 May 2010 11:08PM
Crickly, wrinkly and just a little sad but lovely texture and detail. I know I mentioned it before but I really do like the light on the glass bottle!

cantona43 Plus
14 928 4 United Kingdom
8 May 2010 11:12PM
outstanding shot Andrew it maybe lifeless but you have fetched out some amazing detail
baclark 10 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
8 May 2010 11:42PM
May be 'past it's best' but still makes a superbly textured image.
Daisymaye 11 23 16 Canada
9 May 2010 12:28AM
It may be dried up and on its way out but it sure looks great here. Beautifully captured.........Sandy
cassiecat 11 39 46 England
9 May 2010 2:26AM
chili i prefer the previous one, the processing on this one looks alittle flat in comparison.lesley x
dmhuynh72 12 44 3 United Kingdom
9 May 2010 4:55AM
This is expertly lit close up image Andrew revealing fine detail, I like the black b/g also.

Have a great weekend
CarolG 13 199 20 Greece
9 May 2010 5:34AM
Still so much beauty in this dying rose, Andrew, captured and presented to perfection. Carol
franken Plus
17 5.0k 4 United Kingdom
9 May 2010 7:23AM
Excellent Andrew.

9 May 2010 8:04AM
Great image Andrew

astyag 12 12
9 May 2010 8:08AM
A well deserved award the previous upload, definitely looking forward to see some award for this one as well because it certainly is a powerful close up, lots of feeling and romantic poets can be said about this flower...
ChiliMan 13 135 17 Singapore
9 May 2010 8:53AM
Thanks, all.

And you're not wrong there, Cassiecat. The previous one had a lot more contrast. I was trying to not obliterate the stem here and therefore held back. That's made the flower itself suffer in terms of oomph.
woolybill1 Plus
13 30 76 United Kingdom
9 May 2010 9:07AM
Actually I wasn't complaining about the background last time, Andrew, though a quick peek back confirms that the stems were almost imperceptible. But no matter. And I love this one, too; so eloquent.....

Interested to learn of the new laptop technique - must try it some time Smile
nickyv32 12 135 England
9 May 2010 9:08AM
Great shot although it looks about how I feel, super detail and love the antique look, thanks for the pm, much appreciated...

Nicky x
mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.8k 2142 United Kingdom
9 May 2010 9:09AM
I think I prefer the processing here, somehow the rose is less of the present more of the past - does that make sense? I can smell the perfume my great aunts used to wear. Incredibly, movingly beautiful.
ChiliMan 13 135 17 Singapore
9 May 2010 9:32AM
No no...I didn't think you were complaining, Bill. But it made me look at the pic with the screen at the right angle and go, "Ahhh..."...'cos I wanted the stems visible. As for the laptop technique, I must confess I'm using it right not to process, thank goodness Smile

Moira, I think I know what you mean. It's fainter...thinner...less in your face and more something recalled? Or have I got that wrong. I like the perfume trigger, by the way. I happen to be very scent-oriented.
mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.8k 2142 United Kingdom
9 May 2010 10:54AM

Quote:It's fainter...thinner...less in your face and more something recalled?
Expressed perfectly.
Joline Plus
13 30 55 United States
9 May 2010 12:00PM
Your best one're really getting this wabi-sabi thingSmile
Mynett 11 142 6 United Kingdom
11 May 2010 7:20AM
Oh yes the single stem and the lighter processing works a treat on this one Andrew.

Glostopcat 13 255 2 England
11 May 2010 5:47PM
A beautiful dying drying rose Andrew, the presentation is superb and I can even see your reflection in the jar!
bliba Plus
14 2 Austria
12 May 2010 9:31AM
a beauty
Cor 11 Belgium
25 May 2010 8:46AM
A great image! +++++

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