A bed of roses?

Back in July I visited the village of Doue La Fontaine during its annual rose festival. As well as displaying a huge number of different varieties of rose, there was also an exhibition of sculptures made up of roses, such as this deckchair:

Cee’s Fun ‘Foto’ Challenge: Things People Grow

Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

This slightly blown rose was standing all alone in the nearby village of Lesterps and for some reason which I cannot now remember I was unable to get very close to it for a conventional sharp flower image.

However, by cropping as I have and retaining some of the blurred, out-of-focus background (reinforced by a little vignetting and dehazing in Lightroom) I think it stands out at least as well as it would have done if it filled the whole frame.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

Macro Moments – Week 14: Raindrops on Roses

This week, for Musin’ with Susan’s maco challenge, here are some raindrops on roses. Don’t expect whiskers on kittens any time soon.

droplets

Nikon D300 with Nikkor 105mm f2.8.Macro lens. 10 sec at f4.5 ISO 200. Edited in Lightroom.

Macro Moments Challenge: Week 14

Rosebud

Usually, the point about flowers is the colour, but this monochrome image of a rosebud (taken at Chédigny) highlights the intricately furled petals.

Flowers

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Flowers

Contrasting colours

Well, I learned something today. Did you know that colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel, when mixed, produce black? There’s a fact to be added to the store of useless information.

However, on this occasion we’re not looking to mix opposing colours but to juxtapose them. Essentially there are three ‘pairs’ of opposing colours, so here are a couple of images of each set:

Red and Green

Two roses, the first from Monet’s Garden, the second from outside our own back door (this one hs a wonderful, heady scent. Madame’s grandmother had some of these in her own garden and it brings back happy memories).

Orange and Blue

Two photographs taken on the island of Burano, in the Venetian lagoon

Purple and Yellow

I had to get a bit creative here, as I don’t seem to have many images featuring this pairing in my library.

The first is an imposing building in Bruges, where the yellow detail on the columns contrasts with the indigo shade of the reflected sky in the windows. The second is a detail of a window display in a quilting supplies shop in Sarlat. The purple and yellow are among the threads at the top, in case you’re wondering.

Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge: Contrasting colours

Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

The life-cycle – a constant process of change – of a rose, in a single image:

Change

Weekly Photo Challenge: Change