Nature Photography – The Rose

I took this shot last Saturday afternoon at the Mercer Arboretum just north of Houston, Texas. It was mostly cloudy that day and the lighting was perfect for photographing flowers in the late afternoon. The image was taken at f/4.5 to control the depth field and create nice bokeh in the background. I shot this rose looking almost straight down and manually focused on the center petals to make sure it was the sharpest point in the image. Its hard to go wrong when the light is soft and the subject is a beautiful flower.

The Rose

The Rose
Copyright © 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 50D set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM hand-held. The exposure was taken at 95mm, f/4.5 for 1/350th of a second at ISO 100 on Lexar Professional digital film. Post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 using Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro filters. Click on the image above for a larger version.

6 thoughts on “Nature Photography – The Rose

  1. Very hard, indeed but this is more beautifully done than the average shot. It is almost winking, like a beautiful woman that catches you staring at her and returns a wry smile.

  2. Very well shot. Love the soft edges and sharp middle. I think many try to achieve that in post. Your skills allow you to do it in the camera. Beautiful.

    PS: The title reminds me of a story I have….If I have time today, I’ll email it to you…

  3. Very nice composition Jeff. I havent been to Mercer this year, but hoping to find the time soon……….before it gets too hot…..:)

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