Thursday, December 8, 2011

Roses in November

I just finished editing some pictures taken on November 11.
I know this post is not at all Christmas related,but then,roses are always in season.
A dear friend of mine had roses delivered to my door,right around the time of the anniversary of Jake's passing.
First let me say I appreciated the roses for the message which they brought.,but I ask you,what is a woman with a camera to do when she gets roses in November?
All around outside everything is drab brown and grey.Roses bring colour,so it is time for a photo session.
Thanks Hannah for supplying the props,(roses).

Now I do believe that roses and pearls are a great match.
These orange/peach coloured roses were different than any I had seen before.
Look at all those petals.


I think turning the image into a sepia tone,shows the petals even better.

The yellow roses were  the traditional florist roses.
They opened beautifully and lasted longer than any I have ever had.
I threw the last rose out at the two week mark.

The above rose is the same as the one below. 
I think it looks quite dramatic in sepia tone.


I know that this photo is way over done,but I kind of like the gold look.
I added a warming filter in Lightroom
It is fun to play with the different effects.Some turn out good,but others are a total flop.Tell me whether you like this version.I would like to hear what you think.
Like I said,I kind of like it,but am not totally convinced.

I am sure that you will be seeing more of this bouquet of roses,as I took MANY pictures.

Because I know that these roses were given in love,this thought seems to fit:
The love you give to others
Is returned to you by the Lord - - -
And the love of God
Is your soul's rich reward.

37 comments:

Unknown said...

Ruth, the roses are absolutely gorgeous! I do like Rose, especially in Nov!
I like the lat shot with your filter! Very nice!
I like playing with all the toys too!

Karin said...

I love that you had a lot of fun photographing and then 'playing around' with different looks! Pearls and roses - exquisite! I do like that warm golden look!

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Hi Ruth, You know how I feel about ROSES.. I Love them --anytime of year and any color and any light...

All of your pictures are fabulous---but that last one caught my attention. Talk about fabulous lighting... WOW!!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

Diane said...

Oh, these are so pretty Ruth, especially love the first one with the pearls, very feminine. And I love your pretty December header. Blessings, Diane

Ginny Hartzler said...

I do like this last picture, it is very unusual and colorful. But I think my favorite is the first one with the pearls, wow! The rose on the left seems to have it's own light and glow from within. The yellow one is gorgeous, too. I look forward to seeing more!

Nora said...

I love the yellow roses. Such a wonderful post and so creative.

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

Oh, these are so beautiful, Ruth, made even more so by the love of a friend whose thoughtfulness brought the roses to you. I do like the yellow with the yellow background. Very nice indeed.

Anita Johnson said...

For a brief moment, it felt like summer...thank you!

ChrisJ said...

Beautiful flowers and beautiful shots. I like the golden/amber color of the last one. I wonder what it would look like if it were tilted a little to the left so it didn't have so much of an L shape. Just a thought.

Nellie from Beyond My Garden said...

Sepia was a perfect choice for these petals.
nellie

TexWisGirl said...

the sepia tones show just how soft those petals are - makes you want to run them against your cheek. and that last golden shot looks like a perfect greeting card! :)

Muffy's Marks said...

Roses are always in season. I love the photos, They are all beautiful. I would have never thought of roses and pearls, but oh how lovely. I'm glad you took time to enjoy them to the fullest!

George said...

You certainly made great use of the roses. I'm glad you could enjoy them and then use them as props for these marvelous photos. All of your pictures are beautiful, but the last one, with the golden light, is simply fantastic. I don't think it's overdone at all.

Richard said...

Love the pictures. Really like the first and last. Not sure if I care for the sepia ones. I think I like roses in the color version better but it's nice to play around with different options.

Blessings.

Jeannelle said...

Beautiful to see any time of year! The warm gold filter looks very nice.

Betty Manousos said...

Dear Ruth, i love your roses they are just gorgeous!

lovely composition in the first photo!
love all of them!

great quote, too.

have a blessed weekend!

MJ said...

Gasp!! So delicate and so much needed right now with this horrible cold and nasty weather outside. I'm feeling awful as well but that last photo just absolutely touched my soul in no other photo could... it's very pretty... ((hugs))

Neal said...

Gorgeous Ruth. I think the last one is my favorite even though it is hard to choose a favorite.

Montanagirl said...

I love the golden look of the last photo. Very soothing.

Dorothy said...

Gorgeous Roses, Ruth! The Roses and pearls are lovely!

Janice K said...

A very creative an beautiful post. I enjoyed seeing the different ways you edited your pictures.

Rick said...

A much more pleasing sight than the drab outdoors ! Beautiful colours and detail, Ruth, and I think that last shot is the best of all - very dramatic the way the light comes through the petals !

Have a wonderful weekend.

Elaine said...

Beautiful, Ruth! I am amazed that the roses lasted so long. Of course, I think they're probably already a bit elderly before they ever get delivered to the florists here in Fairbanks, even if they are still in the bud stage. I do like the effect with the warming filter. Nice work!

S. Etole said...

What a thoughtful gift in so many ways. The colors are so delicate and full of light.

Unknown said...

I love the last one.
I'mglad your friend remembered you at that time. You are so deserving of the attention.

Christine said...

What joy you must have felt receiving those lovely roses! The sepia shots were stunningly beautiful. Thanks for sharing your lovely roses with us. Hugs and blessing dear Ruth!

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

They're beautiful and beautifully captured, Rose. What a wonderful friend you have.

Shug said...

Oustanding pictures Ruth! Each one of them are so frame worthy...I especially love the first one with the pearls.
I am truly thankful for the beauty that God paints for us each day....
Sweet Hugs on this Beautiful SONday morning...
Shug

BlueShell said...

Oh my...Those photos are superb...amazingly beautiful....
You are an artist!!!

Kiss, From Portugal

Arija said...

What a lovely surprise the gift was and it provided yu with so much fun and us with the fruits of your labours.
So many blessings from one bouquet!

Pat said...

All the roses are stunning, and I like the burnished bronze look in the last photo. It is lovely!

forgetmenot said...

You are so right--when is a rose not beautiful!!!! Those are gorgeous roses and your photos are exquisite. Keep right on posting the roses--everyone will certainly enjoy them. Have a great week. Mickie :)

My name is Riet said...

HOw sweet of your friend to give you roses . And they are beautiful , your photo's show us. I love what you did with the colors. Very clever too.

Valerie said...

so beautiful! they look like velvet to me!

EG CameraGirl said...

I like the way you have played with the roses, Ruth. What a great gift that has given you so much fun. I'm surprised that I actually like the sepia toned roses. I would have guessed before seeing them that I would have disliked them very much. And I think it's amazing that some of the blossoms lasted two weeks!

Willard said...

Beautiful photos, Ruth. I often add a bit of warmth to photos also and think the filter works very well in this case. I also like the sepia toned photos. I have a real soft spot for both regular b&w photos and the sepia tones--I guess it must come from growing up in an age when most of the family snapshots were b&w. My mom took a lot of photos and all of them were b&w.

MedaM said...

Gorgeous roses and absolutely fantastic photos!