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05-27-2022, 04:18 PM   #1
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Pair of "Peach" Roses In High Key
Lens: HD Pentax DA 16-85mm Camera: K-70 Photo Location: Neighbor's Garden-Sac. ISO: 200 Shutter Speed: 1/750s Aperture: F5.6 

I'm posting this thread in the "Critique" section because I would like some help, if I may ask for that.

I have been wanting to learn and practice how to make high key images.
These roses against a neighbor's white building suggested an opportunity.
Working on this image, I'm finding that my seeing-thinking paradigm might need to be different somehow.
So, any critiques and suggestions will really be considered helpful.
This might be "high key" as it is, but it doesn't seem to have the "dreaminess" that I think is usually associated with high key. (Is that even true?)
It is a pretty image as it is, but I'm not sure what I should be looking for in typical high key images.

And another item to consider. I had to clone out a large piece of dark stem in the background. I've not done much cloning, so comments on improving that would also be welcome.
Angky.

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I am not a professional photographer. I am a hobby rosarian and hobby photographer. I know one thing - roses almost always look best with a black background. On occasion I have made my own black background. Here we used a black coat as a background.

This pink rose, Earth Song, wasn't too bad for not having a black background, but a black background would probably have improved the photo. Black background is not always possible. Aside from black background, perhaps higher contrast helps, as here - bokeh made a difference that is not possible with the white background in your rose photo. In a month when you see rebloom, hang a black background; show us what you get!

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Perhaps my suggestions do not work well, because I just researched what "high key" photography involves -- backlit photos, which I am not so sure work well with roses.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mroeder75 Quote
I am not a professional photographer. I am a hobby rosarian and hobby photographer. I know one thing - roses almost always look best with a black background. On occasion I have made my own black background. Here we used a black coat as a background.

This pink rose, Earth Song, wasn't too bad for not having a black background, but a black background would probably have improved the photo. Black background is not always possible. Aside from black background, perhaps higher contrast helps, as here - bokeh made a difference that is not possible with the white background in your rose photo. In a month when you see rebloom, hang a black background; show us what you get!

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Perhaps my suggestions do not work well, because I just researched what "high key" photography involves -- backlit photos, which I am not so sure work well with roses.
Thank you much for your response!
That black backgrounded set of roses you demonstrated are absolutely beautiful, and they make your point very well.
You said that roses might not do such as high key images very well. I'll keep that in mind as I keep looking to learn how to do high key shots.
Thanks again for the input!
Angky.
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