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Roses, Roses and more Roses

“Since 1890, the Tournament of Roses has produced America’s New Year Celebration, bringing the traditions of the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game to Pasadena and the world for nearly 130 years.” (website: here)

In honor of this event every New Year and because we now live close to Pasadena, I thought I would honor this tradition with prints of rose blooms and believe it or not, our roses are in bloom throughout our yard. Happy New Year and here’s to a great 2019 for you and yours!!

“Orange Rose Bud”

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Rose Blooms in Macro – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

Having just spent some time in Los Angeles with our granddaughter while Mom and Dad were away, I was reminded of just how beautiful rose blooms were right now in that part of the country. Our daughter and her husband have beautiful flower gardens surrounding their house and I have featured some of their flowers on this blog. With that inspiring me, I have attached five macro shots I have taken from two different photo shoots.

This first one is from a public garden in Portland, Oregon. This deep red rose bud was just starting to open up.

This capture was from the Territorial Rose Garden in Prescott, Arizona (as are the rest of the attached shots). The bud was unfolding into a fuller bloom.

 

Getting a tighter framing on this rose blooms pulls the detail of the rose petals into full view, even slight discoloration on a couple of the center petals.

It truly looks like velvet with this deep red bloom.

And finally this purple bloom as a macro brings out the laciness of the petal edges.

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Simple Beauty – Featured Art Print

All of us on this journey we call life, experience pain, suffering and disappointment…it is an aspect of the human condition. We also experience, joy, love and peace….it is also part of the human condition. Anyone that follows my work and blog know that I try and stay focused on the positive aspects of life. It is a single go around, so why waste time dwelling on the negative. To me, this art print serves as a reminder for all of us to stop and smell the roses.  Thoughts?

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Soft Rose Bloom In Red And Purple – Featured Art Print

 

Soft Rose Bloom In Red And Purple is a wall art print I created using a soft watercolor technique. This technique creates defined lines that compliment a soft watercolor look. This print was just added to my Floral/Still life Gallery and was inspired by my photo shoot of rose blooms in the Arizona Territorial Rose Garden located on the grounds of the Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott, Arizona. Thoughts?


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Territorial Rose Garden: Prescott, Arizona – Excerpts From A Photo Shoot

This is the third and last post in a series about a weekend getaway my wife and I did to Prescott, Arizona in late October. The series has focused on our visit to the Sharlot Hall Museum. In the first blog, I included some shots of the log buildings that are on the grounds of the museum and the second blog focused on shots I took inside some of those log structures. This last post is of the Territorial Rose Garden on the grounds. The garden was originally planted in 1948 on the south side of the Governor’s Mansion. In 1974, it was moved to its current location on the north side of the Governor’s Mansion where it can be seen from the street. We were fortunate in capturing the garden at its peak for the season as we head further into fall and winter.

Territorial Rose Garden

Territorial Rose Garden


Enjoy these macro shots of stunning blooms from a beautiful rose garden.

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden - Yellow

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden – Yellow

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden - Red

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden – Red

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden - Purple

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden – Purple

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden - Pink

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden – Pink

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden - Pink Bud

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden – Pink Bud

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden - Pink and Orange

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden – Pink and Orange

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden - Orange

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden – Orange

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden - Orange Bud

Arizona Territorial Rose Garden – Orange Bud

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Black and White Floral Blooms – Featured Art Prints

I have a penchant for black and white photography. I am drawn to it and have often wondered why. I finally realized what it was a few years ago. Good black and white photography highlights certain elements more than color photography. These elements are shapes, contrast, texture and lighting. We see these same things in a normal color shot, but in a black and white capture, they are highlighted because there isn’t any color to distract. Because of that, only certain captures work successfully in black and white.

I’ve attached a series of six prints from my Black and White Photography 2 Gallery that highlight this aspect. The subject matter is floral blooms. We are drawn to flowers initially by their color, but we appreciate the beauty of them via shapes and textures that take center stage in a B&W format. Following are six wall art prints that work very well as black and white photographs.

The first one is called Camellia. With this particular capture, I  used a filter that gives the print a grainy look, creating a vintage feel. Notice how the shape of each petal becomes a prominent factor. You also see subtle shading on each petal with a stronger lighting coming from the upper right (taken outdoors with sunlight).

The second one I’ve titled Orchid Pyramid. It is almost a complete opposite in relationship to lighting. These blooms were taken using a shadow box, which diffuses the lighting creating a soft, subtle look. Again, the other elements take center stage such as the shapes of the petals and the contrast of the center of each bloom with the other petals.

The third print is titled Orchid Blooms and is a series of blossoms on a stem using indirect lighting coming from a window. You see the strong light as it makes the middle bloom almost glow. Notice the delicate shapes and the intricate veins of each petal.

Prints 4-6 take us into the world of roses. These particular shots come from a public garden in Portland, Oregon. The rose bushes were over 5 feet tall with huge blooms (very healthy, happy plants).

The fourth print is called Rose Bud and highlights the strong lighting, which emphasizes the shapes of the petals in this rose bud. See the contrast in texture between the delicate petals and the leaves and branch?

The fifth print I’ve titled Rose Blossom and it allows the viewer to really see how delicate the petals are and the intricacies of their shapes wrapped around each other. The lighting is a little more subdued, allowing the shapes to become center stage.

The last one is titled Red Rose Bloom. It highlights the beauty and the delicate nature of the rose petals. The shading you see in the B&W version allows your eye to really see the delicate simplistic nature of the many petals entwined together to form this bloom.

Do you see the way the shapes, contrast, texture and lighting become much more relative to this type of photography? I also think the beauty of fine art black and white photography is that these prints, when framed and matted work in almost any type of room décor. Thoughts?

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Peach Rose – Featured Art Print

My featured Art Print this week is a simple color photograph of a rose. I call it “Peach Rose’ as it reminds me of the coloring of a large fresh peach. I will be adding this to my Color Photography Gallery.

Maybe it seems a little weird that I’m showcasing a rose bloom early in December, but it is a recent photograph I thought turned out beautifully. I took this shot during the Thanksgiving weekend while we were staying in Los Angeles. The home we were staying in has numerous flower gardens around the property and I couldn’t resist some macro shots.

What drew me into this bloom was the lighting and coloring. The sun was shining on the rose bloom from an angle and the lighting behind the bloom was subdued with subtle shadows. The color reminded me of the large peaches we use to grow when we lived in Denver. We had an incredible peach tree just off the back deck and the coloring on those peaches as they ripened was similar to this bloom.

“Peach Rose” is a celebration of simplicity, color and nature’s beauty. Thoughts?

 

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