Saturday, May 30, 2009

A Rose is A Rose

This morning I had an appointment with a client to shoot in Cylburn for about three hours. While Cylburn is under construction, you can still access the gardens but you have to hike in to get to there. This is prime time for rose bloom and I headed straight for the rose garden, overcoming some logistic obstacles. The overnight rains left the roses covered with water and when we arrived there were rose buds just beginning to open. I could have worked the roses for hours and hours if the light had held and the Director of the Rose Garden had not scheduled a chemical treatment for the rose beds to prohibit black spot. I mostly helped my client make compositions and utilize her camera functions for creative exposures. Fortunately the treatment of the gardens was late and very close to the end of our session, so we were able to maximize our shooting time. I did get a chance to make a few compositions while setting up some shots for my client.

These images were processed in Photoshop and Topaz. The red rose is an in camera 9 shot multiple exposure 3 shots unfocused to create a wash of color, three shots super sharp and three more slightly unfocused to create a glowing effect. I also painted out the corners with color so the rose filled the frame.

The rose bud was processed in raw and the clarity slider was moved to the left for a soft effect, then processed in Photoshop and Topaz.

I kept thinking how lucky I was to be out this morning...and there is an old Hymn...that I kept thinking about in my head.......from when I was a child and visited my grandfather was a very devout church man, on Sundays...he would play the piano and sing....."I walk through the garden alone while the dew is still on the roses and the voice I hear falling on my ear is none other I've ever known." Just had to share was a beautiful morning with a super client!

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