I hosted and obviously participated in the “One Perfect Rose” photo swap on swap-bot–in honor of Dorothy Parker’s poem “One Perfect Rose.” My swap partner was pleased with the three rose photos I sent her. She liked the softness of the roses, but I’m not so convinced. I have been trying to capture the perfect rose shot for years and I still haven’t “gotten it.” What’s the secret to those perfect rose shots I see all over Flickr and Hallmark cards? Is it angle? Lighting? If you have any tips for me, please share! Here are some of my rose shots. I even shot some on my iPhone.
The “Post-Katrina Rose” is really special to me. It was the first sign of color I saw after Hurricane Katrina left New Orleans brown and gray (in 2005). It served as a beautiful reminder that we can find something beautiful in even the most horrific circumstances.
Have you taken any great (or not so great) rose photos?