Rose in monochrome

Rose photograph

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.

Rose photograph with spatter effect

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.

Rose photograph with dry brush effect

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”

    1. Beautiful rose. My favourites are the first and then the third. The first exudes freshness and the third, still beautiful, is more mature. That’s how I see it😊

  1. I was drawn in by the beauty of your “Rose in Monochrome,” Susan, and then read your process of achieving the effect you wanted. I CAN see a difference between the first and third (final), But then again, I am on my computer. 🙂 Like you, I’d love to be painting, and I feel that with my photography efforts – although I haven’t yet made it to the photoshop level (but I will!) – it’s my way of exploring and expressing my creative side.

    1. I don’t experiment as much in Photoshop as I perhaps should, but I do enjoy using it. I used to use iPhoto, but I’m having to wean myself off that!

  2. I actually like the first one, but I know what you mean about petals sometimes looking a bit fleshy. I like your ear comparison 🙂 A lovely monochromatic rose.

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