Mini Challenge #228: a rose is a rose...

sarasphotossarasphotos Major grinsAugsburg, GermanyPosts: 2,387Registered Users Major grins
edited June 22, 2016 in The Dgrin Challenges
Mini Challenge #228: a rose is a rose...

Ever since I've owned my first SLR I've enjoyed taking pictures of flowers and foliage of all sorts but I consider the rose in all its varieties and colors the prince (or princess) of flowers. Its character runs from simple to opulent and the colors run the gamut of the spectrum.

For this challenge I'd like to see pictures of roses taken out of doors in their natural environment with available light. Please no studio shots or cut arrangements. Closeups of one flower or shots of groups of flowers are both acceptable, what I am looking for is an interesting composition that brings the beauty of the rose(s) to the forefront.

This challenge will run for 2 weeks - from today until Wednesday, June 22, 18:00 (6pm) Central European Daylight Time.

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I'm looking forward to seeing many entries!

--- Sara

Comments

  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Posts: 1,717Registered Users Major grins
    edited June 8, 2016
    An interesting challenge. Normally I have a couple hundred photos to choose from for a challenge. This time there were only about 10.

    Roses are not something that I typically take photos of - most of the good photos of roses that I have were taken by Bob or are of roses in arrangements (like flowers my kids gave me on Mothers Day). So given the parameters of the challenge, the first photo I thought of was this one.

    1. Elizabethan

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    This is the Elizabethan Garden on Roanoke Island NC - this was the QEII rose ( a rose sent by H.M., Queen Elizabeth II, from the royal rose garden at Windsor Castle.)
    The photo was taken in 2004, and I did not think I had any other photos of roses.

    Then I remembered that back in the late 60s, my dad told my mother that he wanted either chickens or roses in the yard, and my mother picked roses. Subsequently, they became really involved with irises and I have many many photos of irises - my mother had over 300 varieties of them in her garden and even had one named for her. But I went back to my photos of her garden that I took after she died in 2006, and I found this one.

    2. Climber
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    It is a climber on the fence between her house and the house next door, which has been painted a most inappropriate (for suburban Baltimore Maryland) PURPLE. (although when I gave people directions, I only had to say that it was the house next to the purple house)

    Then I thought maybe I would have some good rose photos from the Leu Garden in Florida - they have mostly camellias and roses. But all the close-up photos were taken by Bob, and all mine are just general photos of a mass of rose bushes and the roses are just blobs.

    But while I was looking I found this last one which I took in 2014 when I came home from respiratory therapy at the hospital on my scooter.

    3. Leonardtown

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    I regard it as an unexceptional pretty photo.

    But it is all I have.
    “"..an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • sarasphotossarasphotos Major grins Augsburg, GermanyPosts: 2,387Registered Users Major grins
    edited June 8, 2016
    GrandmaR, thanks for kicking off the challenge with these fine entries!

    --- Sara
  • CavalierCavalier Life is a Bokeh Foresthill, CaliforniaPosts: 2,180Registered Users Major grins
    edited June 10, 2016
    Good subject, Sara. Here are my entries:

    1) Passing by a beautiful garden in Placerville, Ca. Stopped to get some shots of a beautiful Pink Dogwood tree and found this rose as well. A first bloom for the bush - the X was an added bonus from a neighboring tree.

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    2) A shot from about 10 years ago. Not my favorite, but I still remember the smell of the delicious rose.

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    3) This is a white rose - I couldn't resist the BW processing to bring out the clarity of the rain drops.

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  • travelwaystravelways Candid Grinner Ottawa, CanadaPosts: 7,854Registered Users Major grins
    edited June 10, 2016
    I love this one Grandma

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    Tatiana - Seeing the world through my camera
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  • sarasphotossarasphotos Major grins Augsburg, GermanyPosts: 2,387Registered Users Major grins
    edited June 10, 2016
    Jo, thanks for jumping on board with such wonderful entries! I can already tell the judging process will be difficult.
  • travelwaystravelways Candid Grinner Ottawa, CanadaPosts: 7,854Registered Users Major grins
    edited June 10, 2016
    I like roses too, and here is my contribution:

    1. June roses in Provence



    2. Spanish rose



    3. Everybody likes roses

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  • sarasphotossarasphotos Major grins Augsburg, GermanyPosts: 2,387Registered Users Major grins
    edited June 10, 2016
    Lovely shots, Tatiana. Thanks for entering!
  • travelwaystravelways Candid Grinner Ottawa, CanadaPosts: 7,854Registered Users Major grins
    edited June 10, 2016
    Lovely shots, Tatiana. Thanks for entering!

    Thanks :)
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  • grandmaRgrandmaR Major grins Southern Maryland Posts: 1,717Registered Users Major grins
    edited June 10, 2016
    Thank you Tatiana - and I like your Roses in Provence
    “"..an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered." G.K. Chesterton”
  • EaracheEarache Unsharp and Oversaturated SO CALPosts: 3,533Registered Users Major grins
    edited June 11, 2016
    Love this topic Sara!

    1. This rose bush is actually on the other side of a trellis and poked-through a couple of blooms - I like the red-green combo.

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    2. A ruffled rose

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    3. The life-cycle of a miniature rose.

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    Eric ~ Smugmug
  • sarasphotossarasphotos Major grins Augsburg, GermanyPosts: 2,387Registered Users Major grins
    edited June 11, 2016
    Thanks for entering, Eric. Great shots!
  • pegellipegelli Major grins BelgiumPosts: 5,380Registered Users Major grins
    edited June 11, 2016
    Here's my three entries for this wonderful theme

    1: In our back-yard
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    2: Wild rose in our front yard
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    3: On my mother's grave
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    Pieter, aka pegelli
    My SmugMug
  • sarasphotossarasphotos Major grins Augsburg, GermanyPosts: 2,387Registered Users Major grins
    edited June 11, 2016
    Wow, three more great entries - I'm never going to be able to decide! Thanks, Pieter for joining in.
  • travelwaystravelways Candid Grinner Ottawa, CanadaPosts: 7,854Registered Users Major grins
    edited June 11, 2016
    How gorgeous is this!

    2: Wild rose in our front yard
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    Tatiana - Seeing the world through my camera
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  • jwearjwear learning now shoot & cuss LOS ANGELESPosts: 7,989Registered Users Major grins
    edited June 12, 2016
    not my thing but a shot at IT
    It's coming
    Jeff W

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  • jwearjwear learning now shoot & cuss LOS ANGELESPosts: 7,989Registered Users Major grins
    edited June 12, 2016
    again
    an open one
    Jeff W

    “PHOTOGRAPHY IS THE ‘JAZZ’ FOR THE EYES…”

    http://jwear.smugmug.com/
  • jwearjwear learning now shoot & cuss LOS ANGELESPosts: 7,989Registered Users Major grins
    edited June 12, 2016
    He needed a little help
    I gave him a rose from the ground and took the green away
    Jeff W

    “PHOTOGRAPHY IS THE ‘JAZZ’ FOR THE EYES…”

    http://jwear.smugmug.com/
  • sarasphotossarasphotos Major grins Augsburg, GermanyPosts: 2,387Registered Users Major grins
    edited June 13, 2016
    Jeff, it's great that you went out and shot some beautiful rose portraits. Thanks for entering!
  • JerrodmythJerrodmyth Beginner grinner Posts: 4Registered Users Beginner grinner
    edited June 13, 2016
    A Rose in the Rain
    I haven't joined the fun before... not sure what I'm doing but here goes
  • JerrodmythJerrodmyth Beginner grinner Posts: 4Registered Users Beginner grinner
    edited June 13, 2016
    Pnk roses
    The rose bush outside my back door often presents me with fragrant flowers
  • JerrodmythJerrodmyth Beginner grinner Posts: 4Registered Users Beginner grinner
    edited June 14, 2016
    afternoon shade
  • sarasphotossarasphotos Major grins Augsburg, GermanyPosts: 2,387Registered Users Major grins
    edited June 14, 2016
    Hi Jerrodmyth, thanks for entering the mini-challenge and welcome to Dgrin!

    --- Sara
  • sarasphotossarasphotos Major grins Augsburg, GermanyPosts: 2,387Registered Users Major grins
    edited June 20, 2016
    Just a reminder - only two days left. Time to look for those rose pictures!
  • slpollettslpollett Major grins Posts: 1,082Registered Users Major grins
    edited June 20, 2016
    I haven't had time to play in a while, so I hope things are slowing down enough for me to participate again. I have a couple to share. :D

    1. I took this one in one of the gardens at The Biltmore near Asheville, NC.
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    2. Another one.
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    3. I loved the coloring on this particular rose, but couldn't get a good comp on it. Still love it though.
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    This one isn't an entry since it doesn't meet the requirements for this mini since it's a cut flower, but I still thought it interesting. While on a visit to NYC, our group walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. Someone put their boutonniere on one of the bridge's cables. I wondered about the story behind it.
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    Sherry
  • sarasphotossarasphotos Major grins Augsburg, GermanyPosts: 2,387Registered Users Major grins
    edited June 20, 2016
    Hi Sherry, glad you have time to play again - thanks for the great entries.
  • sarasphotossarasphotos Major grins Augsburg, GermanyPosts: 2,387Registered Users Major grins
    edited June 22, 2016
    The mini-challenge is now closed. Thank you all for entering! Please excuse me if I don't post the results til tomorrow - I've had a very long work day and am a little brain dead, not the best state of mind for evaluating photos!
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