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*a rose by any other name would smell as sweet*

5DMKII + 100mm f/2.8L, 1/40 @ f/5.0, ISO 200.


Pete got me some lovely roses, so I thought I'd shoot some macros with my 100mm f/2.8L which I don't get to use that often. Plus, it always makes me sad that flowers don't last that long, so capturing a photo makes them live forever.


Since I didn't have that much daylight left when I shot this, I used my Wescott TD5 spiderlites to light the rose.


Even though the leaves were out of focus, I handheld the TD3 underneath them to bring out the vibrancy. Without the light the leaves were in the shadows and looked almost black. I lit the rose from the front and right side with the spiderlites and the left with window light. I played around with angles untill i liked the balance of light and shadow in the folds of the flower.


A little overkill on the set-up for a quick macro shot, but the lights seem to hang out permanently in my living room so why not use them?


Oh, and as always i added some water drops to the rose. A spritzer makes more circular droplets, but I couldn't find mine so I just hand placed these.

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Taken on April 16, 2011