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Old 25th June 2008
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A Rose By Any Other Name

This was a snap shot took in a gardening centre while on holiday last week, what else am I going to do when the wife wants to look around these places.

Taken with a E-420 and the ubiquitous 14-42mm kit lens.

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Re: A Rose By Any Other Name

Gorgeous compostion and lighting, the only thing that jars just a little is the slight imperfection on the center petal on the right. but this could easily be cloned out.

Bet you're pleased with this one!
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Re: A Rose By Any Other Name

I want to go to that garden centre with that lighting

Great shot!

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I love the color and background. Great shot. And John, not to argue, but I think the imperfection makes the shot much better. nature isn't perfect and the slight flaws only enhance images for me.

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Re: A Rose By Any Other Name

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I want to go to that garden centre with that lighting

Great shot!

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Yep - I'm intrigued by the background - almost wonder if you underexposed then brought up the Rose by using layers and soft light (the GIMP way). Doesn't look like a replacement background - but maybe?

Lovely shot - I can see why John doesn't like the imperfection - but personally I'd leave it as it is. It has literally inscribed its own story on the petal.

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Re: A Rose By Any Other Name

Thanks Guys, I did think about cloning the imperfection out then decided against it ( I guess it down to personel taste in the end) as nothing in life is rarely perfect.

Nick I'm a great beliver in the light is more important than the subject and I am always looking for the light on the comonest of subjects, and it was the light that attracted me in the first place with this one.

All I really had to do with this one was increase the black slider and boost the mid tone slightly in the raw development then use the editor just to prepare it for the web.

Heres a screen grab of the undeveloped raw thumbnails in silkypix, the lighting really was that good.

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Hi Paul,

I too thought it was a stunning shot. I'm still a little puzzled how you managed to keep the background such a dark contrast?
Now seeing the other variants I think my personal choice would be P6203030 with the geen leaf removed, that light makes the petals so translucent.
As you say its a personal choice about imperfections but removing the "leaf miner" damage and slight dark staining on the central petal makes a big difference (once you know its there).

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I too thought it was a stunning shot. I'm still a little puzzled how you managed to keep the background such a dark contrast?
You can get the black background by using flash as the sole light source and setting a very small aperture and fast shutter speed (say f/22 and 1/200s) so the background is rendered black. You can get some great effects in bright daylight

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Re: A Rose By Any Other Name

A really great shot.

Some great advice.

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