Monday, February 22, 2010

Ruby Tuesday


I've been practicing my photography skills this week and had been trying to accomplish some soft focus shots of some roses. I was trying to do that in camera and not post processing. The practicing will continue.
Above are two shots that seemed more out of focus than soft focus and I didn't fully like the result. I used my software to add texture to them and I am quite pleased with how they came out. I'll use these to make homemade greeting cards.
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40 comments:

Your EG Tour Guide said...

What a grand idea to use these on handmade greeting cards! I think they would suit most occasions.

Thom said...

You need to start your own greeting card company my friend and/or send them to Better Homes and Gardens. These are just picture perfect. I love them. I would love to see them the way you tried with your camera to see what you are talking about with the texture. Rookie I know LOL :) Have a wonderful Monday :)

ilanadavita said...

I like your shots. They will make wonderful greeting cards.

Felisol said...

The rose pictures already are great greeting cards.
I also admire the way you have cut the pictures.
I have to see and learn more.
My problem is always wanting to have too much in a picture. Less for sure is more.

Robin said...

A lovely choice for a card.

I find red flowers in particular the hardest to shoot - it's so easy (at least for me) to end up with all the highlights blown and no definition at all.

Manang Kim said...

That is so lovely thanks for sharing!

Marbles

Patti said...

Beautiful photos of the rose. I think using them on homemade greeting cards is a great idea.

Happy Ruby Tuesday, Carletta.

Ralph said...

If anything, the slightly out of focus view allows the shape and texture of the rose to stand out more. On film, I used a K1000, all manual SLR, and mere exposure and focus changes often changed the mood of the same subject. Someday for us, a digital SLR. Your experimentation is beautiful!

Hootin' Anni said...

No matter....I think the photos are stunning!!

Here is MY R T If you come visit...scroll down below my Heads or Tails entry to find my Ruby Tuesday. :o)

Leora said...

Lovely! I like the textured background, the bit of crackle with the softness of the rose.

mirage2g said...

I envy the flowers but soon will be having them too! :) Lovely reds!

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Life Ramblings said...

those are lovely blooms and cool idea for homemade greeting cards.

Karen of Sillymonkeez said...

Very pretty roses! We won't see any bloom around here for awhile. :)

Carolyn Ford said...

Practicing never ends, does it. I usually forget my camera setting and have to practice all over again. But...it's so much fun! I love these roses and the texture is so nice. They will make wonderful greeting cards...

kaye said...

they turned out just lovely.

nice A said...

That's a great idea - homemade greeting cards. May I learn from you, teacher?:)

Jeri ~ said...

What beautiful photos, well done!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Lovely -- and what a great idea for cards. When we get off the road and I have more computer time, I'm coming back to study your technique!

Rosidah Abidin said...

I always love to see your flower shots. You always inspire me. Have a wonderful week :)

Maria said...

Such a beatiful flower shots. It`s really inspire me:)

Gattina said...

Warms my heart in this grey cold weather !

Dianne said...

the folds are so wonderful
so soft yet strong
well done!

Ivon said...

Thanks for sharing your photography experiences (or experiments). Your roses are very pretty and do give off a soft touch. I like them.

Pat said...

I think these are simply beautiful. When you are going for the soft focus, do you just not focus it all the way? I'm curious? Is it in manual focus?

These would make beautiful cards. I love the texture effect.

Anna said...

Pretty ruby-red rose. Perfect RT-post!
Anna

♥ Kathy said...

That is so beautiful...Happy Ruby Tuesday

jewwishes said...

Oh, Carletta! Such beautiful captures! I love the tones, and love how you caught the graceful roses with their delicate looking petals.

shopannies said...

very pretty rose

Quilldancer said...

These will make great cards. For an added touch, buy a bit of rose potpourri and put a flower petal into the card to add scent.

Kiki said...

Just gorgeous..serene and beautiful!
Wonderful work !
Kiki~

Marice said...

you are doing great! :) love the soft macro shot! :)


u may view mine here

Mimi said...

They're lovely, Carletta. The second one is so intricate, and the light behind it really adds to that "soft" feeling.
Thanks for letting me know that my RT was linking to the wrong post- I entered again with the right link.

Ladynred said...

Gorgeous red rose! Great job on the texture.
http://cookandbaking.com/?p=648

happily retired gal said...

Both shots are LOVELY ... the soft focus is marvelous and these would make delightful note cards.
Hugs and blessings,

Dimple said...

These are lovely shots. I like the focus very much, and the slightly side-on view.
Thanks for coming by!

Gel said...

Velvety soft. So lovely. Those who receive your homemade greeting cards will marvel at your skill!

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Rose said...

Carletta, I really like how they came out. You did a great job with them.

Stephany said...

I love the texture. These would be great for greeting cards!

maryt/theteach said...

Simply beautiful, Carletta! That slight softening! :)

Twisted Fencepost said...

Very pretty.
And great idea, Carletta!