Knock-Out Roses. Around the mid-Atlantic, everyone has these roses that bloom all summer in pinks, deep magenta rose and reds. I have tons of pictures of them in buds, wilting, wet and dry. They are great posers! I decided to desaturate this image almost 100% black and white. Maybe it’s me, but I see a hit of green in the background leaves. I feel the black and white celebrates the form of the flower – a bud just beginning to break into full bloom. This was taken on my Nikon DSLR using a macro lens – not too close up, but I sent it to myself so I could edit it on my iPad, which I find myself doing more and more. If you go into my “Botanical” section of this site, you will see a similar rose – not the same one- that I left some muted color on. I’ve gotten lots of compliments from both, only because when people shoot flowers they display them full color. So I think seeing a flower that is normally vibrant, stripped of its color, commands people’s attention. I think the lack of color accentuates as I said the form, and the depth of the flower’s complicated structure.
Knock Out Rose