This is a close up photograph of the pink petals of an English rose called ‘Wildeve’, one of my favourites rose models. I don’t have a macro lens, just a button to press, which gives me less control than I’d like on the depth of field.
When I cropped the image tightly to cut out the green leaves for this week’s Daily Post challenge Monochromatic, the texture of the petals seemed a bit too fleshy or shiny in places (almost like a weird ear. I wondered for a while whether to confess this as I can imagine everyone teasing me and saying ‘where’d ya get that idea?’, but then I thought ‘Just tell them, you’re among friends here’).
I wanted to purge the ear effect so I decided to play around with the image in Photoshop to see if I could soften it and make it more painterly.
I was only looking for a tweak rather than a transformation and I was surprised that the second version with a spatter effect applied is probably my favourite of the three. I increased the spray radius slightly from the default to get a nice soft spatter. The contrast of light and shade pleases me: the way the colour seems to dance on the edge of the petals.
The third version is pretty much what I was originally looking for: a dry brush effect. I took the brush size down a little from the default so the effect is subtle – you might not notice much difference from the original photo, especially if you’re looking at this on a phone.
I’d love to be able to paint, but it’s not going to happen in this lifetime. Taking a picture then dipping into the Photoshop effects toolbox now and again is as close as I’m going to get.
If you have a favourite, let me know – and feel free to tell me if you can’t see any difference at all: I can take it!
23 Replies to “Rose in monochrome”
So delicate and sweet, I can almost smell it!
Very well done…..BEAUTIFUL!!!
The photo of the rose in just one colour is so beautiful that I feel I am breathing deeper just looking at it
Reblogged this on Maria Holm and commented:
I was reading the blog roll of those I follow and then these beautiful pictures of roses came up. The creations of Susan Ruston. Have a look with me please
What a gorgeous rose!! 🙂
The third image looks a little like paper actually – I like it.
What a beautiful rose. I like the effects you have created with it as well. The third image almost looks as though it has been painted. 🙂
Thanks – I’m glad you liked them.
Very beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing! 🙂 🙂 🙂
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