|Fruhlingsduft (H. Spinosissima, Kordes, 1949)|
Close-ups of a single bloom are the easiest for me. Basically, I make sure the bloom is in focus, and then point and shoot.
Sometimes I even remember to make sure the sun is shining the right way. These pictures almost always come out well. I think it is true of most amateur photographers, and such pictures are what one sees most of the time.
Next, the "two sisters" pictures.
|William Morris (Shrub, Austin, 1998)|
The problems I encounter with pictures like these is making sure the two blooms don't merge into each other creating a shapeless mess, and getting the camera to focus so that both blooms are more or less sharp. Still such pictures mostly come out well for me.
|Elie Beauvilain (Noisette, Beauvilain, 1887)|
These images are most useful for rosarians when they show blooms at different stages of openness,
|Mrs. B.R. Cant (Tea, Cant&Sons, 1901)|
such as a bud, or a newly-opened bloom and an aged bloom with its "fade" color.
|Rose de Puteaux (Damask, unknown origin, 1665)|
|Souvenir de Mme. Léonie Viennot (Tea, Bernaix, 1898)|
|Lorraine Lee, Climbing (H. Gigantea, Tea, Mackay, 1932)|
Finally, the most difficult images are the ones which present a plant in an unusual way, showing as many blooms as possible...
and offering a dynamic composition with asymmetrically arranged flowers at different distances from the viewer leading the eye across the picture.
|Champion of the World (Bourbon, China, Woodhouse, 1894)|
If I am lucky, maybe one in ten such pictures comes out well.
|Dragon's Blood (Floribunda, Barden, 1979)|
Still, in spring, when I see a profusion of fresh unspoiled blooms, these are the pictures I try to take most of.
|Souvenir de Gilbert Nabonnand (Tea, Nabonnand, 1920)|