My wife loves knockout roses, we have 5 bushes of them lining the walk up to our house and these guys are huge. I mean over waist high and a good 3 – 4 feet wide. It’s getting late in the year and there aren’t many good roses left, but on my way in today, I noticed one good one and decided to snap a shot of him.
After that I decided to start working in lightroom, and I LOVE what I got…
So, I first purposely underexposed the shot a little, I know it still seems bright, but it’s at -.7 according to my camera. I didn’t want blown out colors that were too hard to see details in. So first, for fun and ambiance, I made some quick color/contrast adjustments, added a little vignette and came up with this little shot.
Then I decided to take the vibrance all the way down. I wasn’t quite prepared for the results. What I ended up with was what I felt was some beautiful isolation. Here’s the result:
I don’t know, I just love this shot, the details, the color bursting all alone. Oh wait… what’s that at the top, a piece of another rose jumping in to ruin the shot!?!? Once I saw this I ran outside to try to get this again, to pull off the rose that’s in the other part of the shot and try again. Lo and behold, the sun moved on me… 😦
Here’s all I could get:
I’m not saying this is bad, I like this shot, it’s a lot softer than the previous shot and the rose isn’t quite as crisp, but it’s still pretty. It just wasn’t… what I was looking for, you lose the whites in the center, the pollen isn’t as defined, it just isn’t the same shot. A good shot in my mind, but not the shot that I had my heart set on at that point. So I sacrificed some of the extra area and cropped the other photo. I didn’t want to, but it was the only way to get that isolation I wanted while retaining the photograph that I took earlier. Here’s my result: