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Used my black felt and satin fabric backdrop on this shot too. All natural lighting in my rose beds. Pretty bloom and buds on my Arcanum miniature rosebush. ...
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Used my black felt and satin fabric backdrop on this shot too. All natural lighting in my rose beds. Pretty bloom and buds on my Arcanum miniature rosebush.
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cmlppphotos March 17, 2016
Stunningly beautiful! Nice.
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StanVG August 06, 2016
Thank you! It is one of my all time favorites.
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JohnLim May 04, 2016
What an amazng collection of beautiful roses! Wonderful gallery!
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StanVG August 06, 2016
Thank you! So glad you enjoyed them.
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wildwoodie56 August 05, 2016
Love this shot
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StanVG August 06, 2016
Thank you! This is one of my favorite shots.
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NataliaTull July 14, 2017
This rose has amazing lighting!
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StanVG July 14, 2017
It is all natural light too. I photograph all of my roses and other flowers still on the plant or bush. I use a black felt overlaid with black satin as my backdrop for my photos.
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emacdonald November 10, 2017
this is a beauty!!!
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Arzhtatiana September 14, 2018
Gorgeous!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in my rose bed with all natural light. This was one of the first shots I took using a black felt as a background material.
Time
This photo was taken at about 11:30 am, the natural light had a nice downward angle at that time.
Lighting
Natural lighting is the best for me and my floral photography. It gives me the best and richest colors. The early morning lighting is the best. From noon until early evening the suns rays are too intense and the heat too strong, it starts to deform even the best and tightest of blooms.
Equipment
I used my Canon camera using manual settings. I do not ever use a tripod and rarely use a flash as the flash distorts the color and texture of the rose or other bloom. Adjusting the exposure setting to three or more settings on each series of bloom shots is not uncommon for me. Then I choose the one that gives me the best color and texture.
Inspiration
I love to capture the beauty of my roses "bloom smiles" as I call them and share the beauty I beheld at that special moment in time. A new bloom with awaiting buds is one of my favorite settings. When I see such a setting, I move in to take several shots from various angles and with various exposure settings and make note of what gave me the best shot or shots in the group.
Editing
The post processing I do is with Photoscape. It is a good tool to darken the backgrounds and enhance the blooms textures. I do my best to keep away from altering the color much as I like to keep that as natural as i can.
In my camera bag
Just my camera, some wipes to clean the lens with and an extra card for my camera in case I have a really good photo shoot with lots of pretty bloom smiles, bees or butterflies to capture the beauty of.
Feedback
Take a good look not only at the subject of your shot but also what is behind the subject. With roses and flowers, take a good look at the foliage around and behind the subject bloom. A hambone insect can sneak in there and ruin an otherwise nice shot. There may also be a garden ornament behind the subject that will distract ones eye from the subject. Blurring such things out if they do happen to get into the shot works sometimes. The black felt background material I use sometimes is a 30 inch x 30 inch piece of material. I cut a slit in the material from one corner all the way to the center. The subject bloom and some of the foliage go in the end of the slit (center of the material) and the two sides of the slit in the material drape around the subject bloom and foliage or buds to close the background up. I also have some black felt with a black satin glued to it as the satin material can give a nice texture to the subject of the shot background. I use a white felt and satin background material from time to time on some shots. You have to be very careful with the exposure settings and how intense the natural lighting is. Too heavy on the light and not enough exposure setting will wash out the bloom form and texture as well as provide a bluish bounce as I call it to the photo. Move around the subject bloom taking shots at various angles as well as up and down, some really nice shots come forth in this way.

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