Everything’s Coming Up Roses

When it comes to my camera, some days I am in a more creative mood than others.  If it’s a day where I have that awesome combination of patience and creativity, I will take 100 shots of the same thing just to see what I can come up with.  You see, I truly am an amateur.  I only understand the basics of all of the settings on my camera, and I have never been able to find the time between work and family (and the fact that I have far too many hobbies) to really learn the fundamentals.  So, sometimes I just mess around, or learn by doing.

As everyone knows, yesterday was Valentine’s Day, and even though my husband and I had agreed not to do the gift thing (because we had purchased something for the house the previous weekend), he came home with two dozen roses, chocolates, a restaurant gift card, and a card for me.  Although it was evening and there was absolutely no natural light in the house, I decided to mess around taking pictures of my roses.  Because I am trying to get away from using the auto mode all the time, I experimented over and over with the aperture and shutter priority modes, macro mode, and with and without flash.  I still have a lot to learn, but I did end up with a few shots I was quite happy with.

I have photographed roses before, and there are two things that I have noticed.  First of all, I find red roses the most difficult to capture.  I’m not really sure why, but the colour always looks different in the photo than it does in real life.  So, I was very pleased with how this first photo turned out.  I even managed to add a touch of gaussian blur to the background in Photoshop to make the flowers in the background less distracting.


Also, if there is a mixture of light and dark coloured roses, as was the case this time, it’s really difficult to get the lighting right.  Either the dark flower looks too dark or the light flower looks washed out.  This second photo is my best result with the two colours.


I hope you enjoyed my Valentine’s Day photography experimentation.  Gotta go eat the rest of my chocolates now.  Yes, I know, I was supposed to be cutting down on the crap I eat this month, but rules like that don’t count on Valentine’s Day right?

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14 Responses to Everything’s Coming Up Roses

  1. mrspedigrew says:

    Love that first shot!

  2. TBM says:

    Ah so sweet! Love the photos.

  3. autumninbruges says:

    Roses are a lovely subject to take pictures of… Very nice pics 🙂

  4. kerryl29 says:

    Nicely done, Cindy. Roses make wonderful subjects!

    Just wanted to comment on one thing in the write-up:

    “Either the dark flower looks too dark or the light flower looks washed out.”

    This is a dynamic range issue; your camera’s sensor doesn’t have anything close to the tonal range of the human eye, so there’s a tendency there to be–at least–exposure issues of a sort when you have very bright (approaching pure white) and very dark (approaching pure black) tones in the same frame. You end up essentially either overexposing the light tones or underexposing the dark tones (and in extreme cases, both), even if you are able to capture detail on both ends of the spectrum. (This is easier to demonstrate than explain via text, but I hope I’m making this clear.)

    There are a number of ways to deal with this, but I blogged about one solution that I cooked up a few months ago. If nothing else, it probably does a better job of explaining the basic problem than I’ve done here:


  5. Northern Narratives says:

    I love your first photo and how you can look deep into the layers of the rose 🙂

  6. niki says:

    I love roses!The second picture is very beautiful.

  7. I love roses too, and I’m glad I captured them with my camera because they are already starting to wilt :(. Thanks for the comment.

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