Yesterday morning I was up early, meeting a friend at the Samuels Rose Garden. He’s a talented young photographer and had suggested that we get there at sunrise. He was right: the light was great at that time of day. The rose garden in located in the grounds of an historic home in Nelson, Broadgreen.
I got there first, before the sun was up. The light was still very cold, but was great for bringing out the detail. This rose was called “Clodagh McRedy”:
Then the sun opped up over the hill and it was all light and contrast. This next one had the name “Racy Lady”:
In the shadow of the large trees however the light was still very subdued. I liked the delicate colour in this next rose, “Wise Woman”:
Must be hard to come up with their names. Here is “Amber Flush”:
Now one that I’m sure my mother would like, “Lemon Honey”:
The strong backlighting made for some dramatic images:
Finally I came across one called “Tintinara”. For some reason the deep red roses seemed to have more dew on them. Maybe it was just more visible. I had quite a play with these, before a breeze came up and made closeup photography almost impossible.
For the photographers: all of these were taken with the Nikon 300mm f4 AFS (the lens I was lucky to recover after leaving it behind on a beach – see that story here). Without extension tubes the subject distance is around 3 m, while with a 36mm tube (used for the last two), the subject distance is still a whopping 1.6 m. The images are not cropped very much at all.