Velvet Vortex

I find that photographing flowers can be frustrating. Just look through any photo magazine or website, and you’ll see literally hundreds of perfectly exposed flowers with beautiful bokeh. How do you stand out from the crowd and be different and creative?

So I found a beautiful single, red rose in our local supermarket. It has two great attributes, a velvet-like texture and a distinctive inward spiral that resembles a vortex. I wanted to enhance the drama and make that pattern pop, so I tried a side light to accentuate the shadows in the depths of its petals.

And with that velvet texture, it clung to every water droplet and helped give a rather monotoned color some highlights and catchlights. Nature, the flower and the water, gives some wonderful photographic combinations.


I think you’ll agree that the water droplets add a bit more color and tone.

Without the Water


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