50mm Lens, Canon 50D, Cee's Fun Foto Challenge, Flowers, Photo Challenges, Photography

Roses on a Grid

This could have been taken in a lot of gardens since I often see roses trained to grow up or through artificial objects, but this was taken at Giverny in Claude Monet’s gardens. I couldn’t help but think while I was visiting that there were a lot of plants you could see anywhere in this garden, yet the way they are assembled makes them unique to this particular garden. Here are some roses growing on a fence:

ISO 800 50mm f/13 1/60

It’s a nice image as shot, but I wanted to edit it in a few small ways. First was the crop.  This eliminated two things. First is the petals that are partially in the top center of the photo and the leaves in the middle right-hand side. It also makes the branch less prominent. In addition to the crops, a few adjustments to the tone curve makes the grid of the fence more obvious as compared to this original shot:

ISO 800 50mm f/13 1/60

This slight accent on the geometry of man and nature seemingly in harmony and the slightly cooler tones of the image, do a lot to settle this photo. To me it is calmer, but what do you think? Feel free to leave a comment below.


Added to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, Geometry.


8 thoughts on “Roses on a Grid

  1. Yes, the cropping helps.  While I like the way the cooler tones make the yellow leaf less prominent, I also like bright green (and having white be warm if prominent at all).  So I like both versions of the tone curve.


  2. Great job! I love how you can isolate the issues with a photo and figure out what will improve it — get rid of the leaves and make the grid pop. Thanks for helping us learn how to work with our pics.
    About the picture, I usually like the bright greens like in the original photo but your color changes really changed the feel of the pic and improved it. The only thing I can think of to try differently is to mask the roses so that their color is original and see what that looks like with the cooler leaves behind the warmer flowers.
    Thanks again. Marianne


    • Marianne, your suggestion of trying a mask on the rose is an interesting one and in this case, may work. I find that sometimes when I try that technique it turns out that the two tones are much more different than I perceived and the outcome can be a bit garish. Interesting to experiment though. Thank you very much for your thoughtful comment.


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