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Black Velvet

Black Velvet
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Copyright: David Phillips (riverfriends) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 907 W: 222 N: 1906] (7569)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2002-02-11
Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment, Mood, HPP [Heavily Post-Processed]
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 990
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/30 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My Rose Garden, Roses With Borders [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-23 15:40
Viewed: 2192
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello My TrekLens Friends:
Here I am  again, with my Unusual Rose Series. This also is from Portland Rose Garden. I decided to call it Black Velvet. The reason is that its leaves were so dark and almost black, but the rose itself had a velvet feel to it as you can see.
The color red was just so beautiful because of its velvety look. Its petals were beautifully arranged.  Due to its darker shade, I took a chance with 1/30 sec. and hand-held. I used the same trick as I had mentioned before; that is, to hold by breath and real still, and rested my elbow on one of my knees. I pressed the shutter release real slow and held it, until the frame clicked shut. The ISO was at 100 and with F/5.00. I bracketed the shot with one under and one over.
In PP work I reduced saturation by 5% and sharpness at 25%. The border is done as before using three layers, and this time I also used Graphic Style Library in Adobe Photoshop just for kicks, and for that fading out design I reduced the opacity on that layer..
Thank you all so much for looking at this series. You have greatly encouraged me.
Please visit my Rose Garden if you get a chance.

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Hi David,

Nicely captured, well done, just a minor focus issue.


Hi David,
beautiful this one too. I like the red&black combination. The frame is special, like always ;)

Kindly regards,

HI David,
I really like the composition in this photo, and especially, I like how the red of the rose stands out from the black background. The framing also is very original.
My best regards

Hi David,

I notice that your note is colorful and contains lots learning material. I can learn in a short and easy way.
Lovely red rose image with black BG.


Hi David,
What a superb looking rose with beautiful velvety colourings. The texture shows well. I like your frame too.

black velvet... well its nice and well composed again
u are presenting us a great serie of flowers

Dave again a jewel on your Crown. Great post. Excellent PP TFS
John T

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David, very beautiful velvety red rose. It looks great against the unique frame with the triangle shapes you've done. I must try the layered frame when I have time. You always give such great detail how you achieve your final work. Thank you. Excellent.

Hi David,

His series is charming, extraordinary of not being seen.
I really like the composition in this photo.
Visual, big beautiful frame.


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  • Ratna Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 221 W: 68 N: 204] (1231)
  • [2007-04-24 10:52]
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Yes, it looks like velvet. I love the unsymmetrical border. well presented David :)

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  • Tomek Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1264 W: 44 N: 3160] (18766)
  • [2007-04-24 20:52]
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Really look like velvet and is beautiful, one more outstanding presentation. Love it.
Regards - Tom

Great job here David & love all your rose photos! Don

This one I like most! Why ? A feeling Thanks David Bye

Hi David, Your rose series is superb. Insiration for others to attempt similar in the future. Good clarity and in particular colour. TFS. Murray.
PS Swains nursery have many of these, hope to go next spring to show you some.

Hi David, I have been browsing through your roses. I love the way that your produced this red I have so many problems with capturing certain shades of red faithfully. Excellent notes all teh way through your rose series especially those on layering which is something this old brain cannot come to grips with. TFS,

Many thanks for your comment on ‘Happy Birthday Anneke’. Although the trees may look dead they are quite healthy. The bark on paperbarks can be white but in other types a lovely range of pinks and light browns.

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2007-05-10 10:04]
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Hi David...??????
Great sharp capture. Very nicely done and great story.

:) p. tum.

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