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Bulgarian Rose



Shot in the gardens of the Ethnographic Museum in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The museum is a grand old building in the Old Town portion of Plovdiv. I really like the te...
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Shot in the gardens of the Ethnographic Museum in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The museum is a grand old building in the Old Town portion of Plovdiv. I really like the texture of the bricks in the background against the softness of the rose pedals. There is something powerful in the power and simplicity of a single rose. Shot handheld in natural evening light.
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Cherinyunlee
 
Cherinyunlee September 04, 2018
Sw🍬🍬t...😊
brianbaitystudio
brianbaitystudio September 04, 2018
thank you Cherin
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 October 05, 2018
Great beauty. Congratulations on your award!
brianbaitystudio
brianbaitystudio October 05, 2018
Salamat Gigi
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JayneBug October 06, 2018
True beauty. Thank you for joining my challenge.
brianbaitystudio
brianbaitystudio November 30, 2018
you're welcome and thank you for creating challenges. i think they are great fun. i try to keep a few going most of the time
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Eddieuuu071 November 30, 2018
Thank you for submitting your wonderful photo to my “Best Edit” Challenge! Best of luck!
brianbaitystudio
brianbaitystudio November 30, 2018
you're welcome and thank you for creating challenges. i think they are really fun and educational. I learn a lot from the photos people submit
dean1978
 
dean1978 August 17, 2019
Cracking shot ,,well captured
brianbaitystudio
brianbaitystudio August 17, 2019
thank you Dean1978

Behind The Lens

Location
This rose was shot on the grounds of the Ethnographic Museum in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The museum has an enclosed garden in front of the building with a beautifully maintained garden where I fount this rose growing with a stone wall behind it
Time
It was just after opening time around 10:00 AM in November. The weather was mild in this year so the roses were still blooming
Lighting
lighting for this shot was existing sunlight of the morning. Because it was November and 10:00 Am the light was still from the side instead of from above. I like how the side light helps bring out the details of the flower petals and doesn't add too much detail to the bricks
Equipment
this photo was shot handheld with a Nikon D500 and a Nikkor 16-80mm f2.8-4 lens which was zoomed to maximum because the rose was in a flowerbed that I could not stand in. I wanted as much detail of the rose as possible with the equipment I had with me that day.
Inspiration
The rose is the national flower of Bulgaria. They still harvest a native rose and extract the oil by distillation like they have done since the 17th century an probably before that. I was inspired to shoot this particular blossom because of it's level of development and the great background the stone bricks provided. I thought the solitary rose would be a strong subject for 2 reasons, I love roses for their beauty and aroma and secondly the symbology attached to this flower. In this instance I purposely broke the rule of thirds because I wanted all the attention on the flower and the only subject to be considered. Centered seemed to be the only way to shoot this in my mind
Editing
This image has a a little post-process done by a friend as I don't yet have the software or ability to do it. The rose was sharpened a little to help bring out all the details. The whole image was darkened a little (not sure how he did this. again, I don't yet understand the software) to give the stronger atmosphere you see in this shot. The second intent for this alteration was to bring even less attention to the background which is naturally more toward white or light grey.
In my camera bag
My kit contains a Nikon D810, which has been my goto setup with a Nikkor 105 mm f2.8 lens. Recently I upgraded my second body to a Nikon D500. I bought this body for it's lowlight capabilities. Normally the Nikkor 16-80mm f2.8-4 lens resides on the D500 and is the setup I carry when I want to travel light. For those special occasions where I need a wide view the Tamron 10-24mm f3.5-4.5 fills the void and a Tamron 150-600mm f5-6.3 helps me reach out long and far for those subjects that don't like us getting close or the animals that might cause severe bodily harm. The Nikon speedlight system works wonders for all my supplemental lighting and I have a collapsible 12 inch reflector which is easy to stick in my pocket when out in nature or where flash won't work. I use aManfrotto tripod when needed.
Feedback
Not sure what to advise for people wanting such an image other than carry your camera with you an when you see a sight that catches your eye shoot it. But don't just go with the first sighting, take a look from differing angles to make sure you get the best possible vision possible. Can you alter the existing light to improve what you will shoot? add light? block light? reflect light? all these are possible even if you don't have a flash with you at the time.

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