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A Study in Contrasts

Posted by
Barbara Kile (Ft. Worth, United States) on 18 January 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Why do roses have thorns? Well, I was photographing a lovely white rose the other day and decided to stop and wait until the rose opened a bit more and my eye caught the thorn on the stem. So I added the 500D close up lens on top of my 105 mm macro and got in REALLY close. This is just a simple shot - nothing fancy, but I once again became fascinated with nature's details - and also the contrasts we see in nature. There's the rushing river in the quiet forest, a warm sunset on a cold day, and...... a thorn on a lovely soft rose. Those are just a few examples of the many contrasts in nature. Why not comment and mention some YOU have seen lately?
Processed with Topaz Detail to accentuate the details.

NIKON D300 4/5 seconds F/11.0 ISO 200 157 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Great photo and great study. I guess my favorite contrast of nature is water, as soft as it is, it also carves and erodes mountains.
I am also fascinated with the symbionts in nature, the tree that feeds and shelters the ant who protects the tree.

18 Jan 2010 3:06pm

@Ralph Jones: Ralph, the water is a great example, and yes, the biggest contributors in nature are often the tiniest! Thanks for stopping by and for your contribution!

Marilyn Cornwell from Toronto, Canada

Lovely textures, lines, shapes, colours and that beautiful background! You see my favourites Barbara - flowers!

18 Jan 2010 3:47pm

@Marilyn Cornwell: And flowers make wonderful contrasts! What wonderful things we have to photograph. The rose is coming! :-) Thanks for stopping by, Marilyn.

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Beautiful macro shot......and here's my observance.....the small flame of a beautifully lit candle can be mesmerizing and soothing to watch, but when that same flame, licks at the timbers of an inhabited building, it can be one of the most destructive of nature's weapons.....

18 Jan 2010 4:44pm

@Susan: Excellent example, Susan! Thanks for stopping by to comment!

Kenny Couch from Spring, United States

Great macro, stunning detail on the right side of the branch, the texture is wonderful.

18 Jan 2010 4:50pm

Florence from Paris, France

Ouch ! Very sharp details Barbara. A great focus.

18 Jan 2010 7:11pm

vz-nostalgia from British Indian Ocean Territory

True, Mother Nature came up with a very elegant design for rose thorns. I love to explore them myself (see post on September 12, 2009 in the Nostalgia archive among others).
I'm surprised by your choice of composition, though. I'm not sure it works well, Ms. Barbara. :-)

18 Jan 2010 7:16pm

@vz-nostalgia: Artistic license? I shot this as it occurs in nature - it's not intended to be an abstract. Your image is very nice. Thanks for visiting.

vz-nostalgia from British Indian Ocean Territory

Hahaha. Who's bold enough to claim an artistic license on gifts of nature, Ms. Barbara? :-) Not at all. :-)
I didn't say a word about your image being abstract or not being abstract enough. :-) A rose thorn is always easily recognizable. :-)

18 Jan 2010 9:17pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

a great macro shot ,barbara, Associate the sharp and the sweetness!
kiss !

18 Jan 2010 10:58pm

Bishop from Houston, United States

love the details, especially on the right hand side, where the light brings out the minute pits on the stem... fantastic! :)

19 Jan 2010 1:34am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

WOW! WOW!!! This is one amazing macro!! Wow again! I'm actually speechless... :) Everything is perfect, from the dof to the lighting. Very well done!!! 5 stars for sure!!!

19 Jan 2010 9:00am

Ed Vatza from Lehigh Valley, PA, United States

I believe you accomplished what you set out to do. The detail is perfect. I love the color - the green on green works very well for me. But overall the comp just doesn't speak to me like the others do. BUt that's just one man's opinion.

20 Jan 2010 10:26am

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

Beautiful composition and tone, I like

20 Jan 2010 1:58pm

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

An excellent macro !

20 Jan 2010 5:31pm

Gerard Westerduin from Barendrecht, Netherlands

wow stunning,compliments.

20 Jan 2010 6:07pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Superb macro. The 500D is an amazing little jewel; it's the best screw-on close-up filter that I have seen. However, I've never tried it on my 105mm. Well done.

21 Jan 2010 12:23am

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Very good macro!

23 Jan 2010 3:07pm

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Thank you to everyone for stopping by! Continue to keep an eye on those contrasts in nature!

25 Jan 2010 4:32am

Cathy Ross from Grosse Pointe, Michigan, United States


Thank you for your kind words on Capture! I am so struck by this photo...deja vue...I posted an almost identical photo on "MonarchMusings" (my other photoblog) the fall. Wow. Your capture is lovely.


27 Jan 2010 2:21am

@Cathy Ross: Thanks, Cathy. I would love to see your image, if you have a link. I appreciate your stopping by!

Marie from FRESNES, France

superbes couleurs dans ce détail.

30 Jan 2010 5:04pm

@Marie: Thank you, Marie!

4/5 seconds
ISO 200
157 mm (35mm equiv.)