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Death of a rose 2

By Footski
A quick shot of a dying red rose in my garden. I reduced the colour and added a blur using Elements. A second attempt, trying to take into account all the advise I received from this amazing site.

Tags: Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

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mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2408 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2013 1:49PM
The crop is way better than your composition first time around, there's a very gentle feel to this, the rose drooping into the frame. I also like the delicacy that the blur gives.

I'm still cot convinced by the treatment of the colour. I would like to see the green taken down a bit, it's rather bright for background, but somehow I think I would prefer just nature's own desaturation of the red.

I shall try a Mod again, to make some colour changes of my own and maybe to burn in the petal-edges a bit, to add to their crispness.
Footski 8 9 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2013 2:03PM
Oh my Moira, simply a superb job. Much improved. I do have lots to learn about this post processing. It may take me some time!
banehawi Plus
16 2.5k 4239 Canada
6 Dec 2013 3:33PM
Hi Barry. This is a nice crop, and an improved image.

before I get to my own suggestions, take a look at Moiras mod, and think about what it is that makes a difference. This is a good exercise, and a way to improve your own skills.
The changes are subtle, but its what they do that makes the difference.

Its a dying Rose. having a bright, vibrant leaf in the top corner doesnt work with the concept, and also draws the eye.

The Rose itself is lovely in death. A slight boost in the former glory of its colour contrasts the then with the now nicely. Subtle, but meaningful.

I have uploaded a mod with some of the same, and some other tweaks. I would like to enhance the dry impression of the petals, and have sharpened them along with adding more contrast. The contrast darkens the darks, and the sharpness suggests crispness.

I think a square crop might work too and have cropped accordingly.

Two similar but different mods, both working in the same direction.

See what you think, and consider what the idea behind the mod is.

What software do you use Barry?


Footski 8 9 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2013 4:15PM
Another beauty Willie. I use Elements 10. Not very good with it as you can see, but I now have Lightroom 5, hopefully to compliment Elements. Much to learn but with the help of your good self and Moira, I am sure I will get there.
banehawi Plus
16 2.5k 4239 Canada
6 Dec 2013 4:36PM
Theres loads of tutorials for LR5 on the Adobe website. It will actually take you through it like a training course, and its free. Well worthwhile as most LR users have no idea of its full capabilities (me too!)

Elements 10 has everything you need to do either mod, so dont underestimate that either. Same thing, lots of tutorials on Adobe, even if its Elements 11, its not much different.

Get a handle on layers and masks, - its one of those essential keys to getting the best out of Elements.

Heres Elements:

Heres LR:

There will be a test..... (;

paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2013 5:30PM
What you have done is effective with pleasant pastel colours. The word, pleasant, should possibly not be used. As with the last time, not too keen on a shot of a dead rose. I ask myself, why?

Footski 8 9 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2013 5:41PM
Thanks very much guys. Every little helps!Wink
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2408 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2013 5:58PM

Quote:not too keen on a shot of a dead rose. I ask myself, why?

It's a matter of taste. There's beauty in decay, in fading colours, and also in old age - in flowers as in humans. There is also beauty in imperfection - I find a fading rose or a ragged butterfly much more interesting than the perfect specimen.

I can't help thinking of Ko-Ko wooing Katisha in the Mikado though...

There is beauty in extreme old age
Do you fancy you are elderly enough?
Information I'm requesting
On a subject interesting:
Is a maiden all the better when she's tough?...

Are you old enough to marry, do you think?
Won't you wait till you are eighty in the shade?
There's a fascination frantic
In a ruin that's romantic;
Do you think you are sufficiently decayed?

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