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The Last Rose

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 18 February 2008 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

A handheld night photo of the last flowering rose that I saw this winter. (no flash or artificial blur in case you were wondering :-)

NIKON D40 1/25 second F/1.4 ISO 1600 45 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Michael Rawluk from Prince George, Canada

Another reminder that advancing age can be beautiful.

18 Feb 2008 6:44am

@Michael Rawluk: Hi Michael......yes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Anne from White Rock, BC, Canada

The poor rose looks about in the same shape that I feel right now! It's a lovely shot and quite amazingly hand-held even at 1600 ISO. Was there light from a window! ;-)

18 Feb 2008 7:54am

@Anne: Hi Anne!.....this was taken in the back garden of a relative's house and there was light from the windows. We were in the back garden having a barbeque in winter at night :-)

martie from Okinawa, Japan

It is beautiful!

18 Feb 2008 10:28am

@martie: Thanks very much martie!

Ina from Krugersdorp, South Africa

Nice focus selection, love the light (from the window i presume?) Great shot!

18 Feb 2008 1:08pm

@Ina: Hi Ina!.....yes, there was light from windows in the house. The narrow depth of field on the focus comes naturally from the f1.4 maximum fstop of this lens. It's a Sigma 30mm f1.4 and not exactly the easiest lens to use but great when it all comes together.

paulski from Muncie, United States

very pretty; love the perspective...

18 Feb 2008 1:48pm

@paulski: Thanks paulski....I was practising with this lens trying out the narrow depth of field from the f1.4.

Laurie from New Jersey, United States

Lovely result. The textures, tones and light are very nice. I like flowers when they are on the other side of perfection.

18 Feb 2008 2:03pm

@Laurie: Thanks Laurie.....normally I would have looked for a perfect flower but thought this was really interesting.

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Classical shot, amazing beauty, bet you were a painter in a previous life...you must have painted this before, because it's perfect...

18 Feb 2008 2:27pm

@Lorraine: Thanks Lorraine......I really liked the way the colours came out on this night shot and exentuated them even more by blending the original with a B&W version on a separate layer.

tom from Germany

Beautiful texture and tones. A welcome change in this part of the year.

18 Feb 2008 10:55pm

@tom: Thanks Tom....I was pleasantly surprised by the way this photo turned out. I took it at Christmas time and kept getting drawn back to it until eventually I had to have a go at processing it.

amy from Rocky Mountain House, Canada

Really wonderful... actually, damn wonderful! I love all that noise and the light on the rose is just brilliant. That little trick of layering with a b/w is something I like to do, too. It really can give exceptional results.

19 Feb 2008 2:07am

@amy: Thanks Amy...I used to obsess about keeping noise as low as possible in my photos but I'm more relaxed about it these days and think it added something to this shot. (I certainly never considered noise removal software).

This was the first time I'd tried layering B&W onto colour and it was a lot of fun.

danthro from Suburbia, United States

Excellent macro. Nice detail and DOF.

21 Feb 2008 1:33am

Damon Schreiber from Toronto, Canada

Oh, now that's a really lovely rose. More beautiful probably than a 'perfect' one would be.

22 Feb 2008 3:55am

Laurent from Lyon, France

the DOF is marvelous (little post treatment?) and fit so well with the soft colors

22 Feb 2008 11:48am

Michael from Wuppertal, Germany

simply stunning!

23 Feb 2008 6:17pm

huimin from Taiwan

wow.....so beautiful & amazing. I love the color of rose.

4 Mar 2008 3:54pm

NIKON D40
1/25 second
F/1.4
ISO 1600
45 mm (35mm equiv.)