Apr 282011

Mother’s Day is fast approaching so I decided to come up with an image that I can have printed and give as a gift. I’ve had some success with shooting flowers so I decided I’d work with that but try something a little different. One of the most difficult parts of the whole thing was finding some roses in decent condition. I finally did find some, however, and then came home and turned the dining room into a temporary studio. Here’s the first shot.

I hung my roll of black felt from the top of the dining room windows and unrolled it enough to drape across the dining room table. Then I took a large piece of glass out of the entertainment center and set it on top of the felt for a reflection. I also used an eye dropper to strategically place a large puddle in front of my main subject, a yellow rose. That actually worked out fairly well in most of the shots I took, but in the shot above, I moved my flash (with my brand new soft box attached) from roughly 45 degrees camera right to just slightly camera left which seems to have eliminated most of the reflection. In the end, I chose this shot because I prefer the lighting on the rose so much more than the shots with the strong reflection.

Now for the next shot.

For this shot, I used all 3 of my extension tubes and my brand new Orbis Ring Flash. I used my 70-200 lens and started out with my smallest extension tube, took a few shots, added the medium extension tube, took a few shots, then finally added the large one before I felt like I was as close as I wanted to be. I lost count of how many shots I took before I finally felt like I had the right parts in focus combined with a good exposure.

I’d really like to get some feedback on which of these two shots should be used for Mother’s Day. Either leave a comment here or on Facebook or Twitter. If you do leave a comment here, please make sure you say who you are unless it’s really obvious by your WordPress account name. I get my share of spambots trying to get through and I’d hate to delete a real comment because I thought it was a bot.


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  5 Responses to “Yellow Rose”

  1. I like the first image. The 2nd one is nice but the one with the flowers in the background, with yellow rose completely in focus, is quite superb. Nice job!

  2. I like the reflection on the first but lean toward the close up on the yellow rose. I can’t find the words for it but am inclined to like the water droplets on the petals and the thickness of the petals. Plus the shadows. Good job!

  3. They’re both great shots but I’m leaning toward the close up. The perspective is different…I feel like Alice staring down the rabbit hole. The big splash of color and good exposure make it easy and interesting to look at. The water droplets polish it off nicely.

  4. Wicked good Alan! (i was in Ron’s Portrait class with you)

  5. Hi Alan. Both are great. I do prefer the second one though. You can study it longer and still find new details to keep you eyes interested, like the veins in the outer petals, or how the water droplets ball up from the surface tension, eventually following the paters as they overlap in a clockwise spiral pulling your eye in. Well done!!

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