May 29, 2012

James P. Kelleher Rose Garden


The James P. Kelleher Rose Garden, near Fenway Park in Boston is only a short drive from my home. It's another rose garden only 15 minutes away from my house that provides me with lots of photographic objects in the early summer. Rose gardens and parks are a great venue for creating flowers photos. I also like that the park's name plates provide identification for each rose. The rose garden is already in bloom. Lots of people at the time but I blended in perfectly with the photographing crowd that was present. I was looking for a Magenta Rose to add to my fine art Rose Collection and succeeded finding an attractive couple that were still in beautiful bloom. I arranged my tripod and first focused on the magenta rose in the foreground. After taking a few digital pictures I zoomed out and re-composed the image to include the second rose in the background. The focus point in  this rose picture was on the petals where they spiral together. Using the camera self timer and exposure bracketing in both pictures I captured a series of three images with different exposures settings. The at 1/3 step underexposed capture worked best and the aperture was set to f5.6 resulting in a shutter speed of 1/400 second for both images. During the digital post processing steps I applied minor adjustments to contrast, saturation and sharpness.