May Challenge: April Showers Bring May Flowers… Entry #12 A Rose for You

Lastly, I am posting my flower photo. It was a bit of a decision as to what to enter as there were several that I was considering, but I thought I might post something just a little different. It was a rainy afternoon and I hadn’t shot anything in about a day-and-a-half and felt like I was going through withdrawal. I looked outside and saw a couple roses partially opened with a few raindrops on them and that was when I decided to shoot a rose. The only problem was… it was still raining outside so rather than standing in the rain to shoot, I made a mad dash outside with scissors in hand and snipped what I thought was the best blossom… and yes, it probably was the best of the lot.

Now… what to do with it? It was a pink rose and I wanted it to have a soft feminine feel so I pulled out an old lace robe from many years ago and laid it on the table in the dining room as I like the way the light comes in that window. It rather acts as a large soft box giving diffused light. So, I figured I would just lay the rose on there and bingo… done!

But the rose was not at an angle that I liked and I couldn’t quite contort my body to shoot it. That was when I decided to support it with a cereal bowl beneath the lace but it was still not at a good angle but when I placed a knife on the stem, the position was better but I had to camouflage the knife with some greenery which was actually a plus, I think. I was finally ready to shoot! So I took a bunch of shots, put them on the computer and was shocked to find a brown area on one of the upper petals. This was not what I had anticipated and why didn’t I see it when I was shooting (or when I cut the rose)? So… back downstairs to pluck off that petal and reshoot the flower for the final time.

A Rose for You (Photo by Fay/Lala)

A Rose for You
(Photo by Fay/Lala)

And then another thought came to mind. Maybe I could turn this into a Mother’s Day greeting for my daughters, and why not try desaturating the image? This was the final result of the experiment.

Happy Mother's Day (Photo by Fay/Lala)

Happy Mother’s Day
(Photo by Fay/Lala)

May Challenge: April Showers Bring May Flowers… Entry #10 Noonday Rose

This has been a good month for flowers as well as entries.
I still have a couple more to post.
Even though Marylin is on the move, she sent this entry before driving through the desert to Arizona. The rose photo was taken in her mother’s yard in Plano.

“A couple of days ago, when it was sunny, I was on my way to my red van (in the background) and I decided to go back inside the house to get my camera with a 105mm lens to capture this rose with the noon lighting. I used the flash to make sure the lighting would not come only directly from the top.”

So here we have another gal thinking outside of the box by using fill light from her flash on a sunny day. And Robin… just in case you misread what Marylin said… it was “noon” lighting not “moon” lighting!

Now I must admit that when I read that her red van was in the background behind the rose, I was expecting to see a van parked behind a rosebush but instead, I merely saw a streak of out of focus red due to the shallow depth of field. Excellent choice of camera settings Marylin!

Hope you are having a wonderful time traveling the southwest! Be careful out there. You never can tell when you might run into a crazy woman!

Noonday Rose (Photo by Marylin)

Noonday Rose
(Photo by Marylin)