51/365: Heart of My Valentine's Rose

Scott bought both Erica and me a rose each for Valentine's day - a yellow one and a pink one. The yellow one didn't live up to its expectation - it never opened up and turned brown. But the blush pink rose opened up beautifully:

I took the picture by placing the flower vase on the floor, on top of Scott's black fleece jacket. I steadied the camera by looping the strap around my neck and under one of my arms so that the entire strap was taut. This made a big difference in keeping the camera shake down (a trick I had forgotten about). I pointed the lens down over the flower. I adjusted the WB, Levels and Brightness, then cropped into a 4x6. I think I want a larger print of this guy, so I'll play around with a 5x7 crop later.

Lee  – (February 17, 2009 at 9:46 PM)  

Breathtaking, truly beautiful photo. Good for you :)

rae  – (February 18, 2009 at 4:42 AM)  

yeah! I forgotten that trick too.
Thanks for reminding lol
Beautiful photos too

Mandy  – (February 18, 2009 at 6:09 AM)  

Wow...the clarity and color on this photo is just insane. Really amazing.

Reds  – (February 18, 2009 at 7:12 AM)  

This would look beautiful enlarged and framed on a wall!! Gorgeous shot!

pat  – (February 18, 2009 at 9:15 AM)  

Beautiful soft color on this. Nice comp, too. The strap trick sounds like something I need to try.

Amy ~ Just Being Aimlyss  – (February 18, 2009 at 1:15 PM)  

What a beautiful flower and a gorgeous shot of it, great composition and focus! :)

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