Betty Boop Rose

© Dale Hardin

Betty Boop Rose

Sam Britt 12/21/2009 7:10:53 PM

Beautiful color & composition, looks great against the white background, Dale. #1218449

Dale Hardin 12/21/2009 7:53:09 PM

Thank you Sam. This is an interesting Rose in that it becomes different colors as it ages on the bush. #8238591

Dale Hardin 12/22/2009 10:16:31 AM

Here's a version for those of you that like a stroke. #8239832

Jeff E Jensen 12/22/2009 11:41:39 AM

Beautiful colors Dale!

Did you remove the background? I am seeing some pretty dark lines around some of the petals. Might just be a BP issue. #8240011

Dale Hardin 12/22/2009 1:34:46 PM

No Jeff, this was shot against the light. The lines were added using the find edges filter and blended using the multiply blend to give the petals definition. #8240190

Teresa H. Hunt 12/22/2009 1:55:35 PM

Dale, beautiful photo. I love the white background. I see the lines Jeff mentioned too. I'd try and remove them if you can. The are distracting. :)

Also, personally I wouldn't mind seeing a little more pop in color. But that's probably just a personal preference.

Anthony L. Mancuso 12/22/2009 2:49:54 PM

Love the color of this rose Dale and it works very well against the white bg...what do you think about blurring out the two buds directly behind the main flower a little bit...I don't see the lines jeff and teresa are refferring to.. #8240305

Dale Hardin 12/22/2009 4:40:10 PM

For Teresa and Tony, here's the Phellos fix. A little simpler, a little brighter, and a tighter crop. #8240455

Teresa H. Hunt 12/22/2009 5:03:20 PM

I really like the color on it now. Though I don't think it needs the stroke. :)

Not sure how I feel about the missing rose buds in the back. . . . Have to think on that for a bit. :) #8240489

Christie R. Bielss 12/22/2009 5:50:04 PM

Ok, going against the grain - I totally love the first one without the stroke. I know this rose (we had one until last winter when an ice storm killed it) and the color of the first one is almost dead-on.
I don't like the rose buds missing out of the back. It actually looks like somethings missing to me. Not even sure that it would need the blur that Tony suggested, though it would be interesting to see.
I think this is beautiful as is, Dale. It is a lovely image! #8240559

Dale Hardin 12/22/2009 11:56:02 PM

After posting these changes, I must admit I much prefer the first image with the buds. But I like the one with the stroke best even though I ended up posting the one without it in the contest. #8240889

Anthony L. Mancuso 12/23/2009 5:02:35 AM

I actually like the new post better, I think it shows off the elegant shape of the rose better with the distractions of the other buds gone... #8241306

Rita K. Connell 12/23/2009 5:37:43 AM

I am going with Tony on this one I really like the last post. this is a very nice picture Dale. Dale Dale.... when are you going to learn to not jumb the gun with picture you are having us critique. #8241444

Debbie E. Payne 12/23/2009 6:58:14 AM

I'm going to go with Teresa and Tony on this one, Dale. It is a beautiful image as is, but the "star" of the shot is the full blown rose and she needs the spotlight all to herself! I don't like it nearly as much with the stroke. I'd leave it off. Very striking! #8241620

Jeff E Jensen 12/23/2009 7:06:42 AM

Sorry Dale, the "find edges" results is not working for me. I'm not sure what it is, it just doesn't feel right.

As for the other changes, I like the tighter crop with the buds removed and my vote is for no stroke on this one. #8241635

Dale Hardin 12/23/2009 9:05:43 AM

You're right Rita, when will I ever learn? Thanks guys, for the honest assessment. It's too late to change my choice but next month I'll re-enter this version and see what happens.

Let me explain my reasons for selecting the first version over the last. I think it was Peter that told me, in effect, it's what's in the photographer's head that makes the shot what it is.

When I took this shot, it appealed to me because this particular bloom was just about on it's way out while in the midst of a new generation. The trick is to confer that thought to the viewer and in this case it didn't work.

Your preferred version still maintains that dual generation type image but I am biased by my previous thoughts. Does any of this make sense? #8241835

Teresa H. Hunt 12/23/2009 11:09:20 AM

Yes Dale it makes sense. I too find it hard to remove myself from my pictures when I'm evaluating them.

However I think (now that I've thought about it) that I like the orginal post best. I don't think it needs the stroke and it seems to be missing something without the buds behind the rose. However I do like it with the color a bit more intense. :) #8242038

Christie R. Bielss 12/23/2009 12:14:41 PM

Dale - for me, the title conveys exactly what you were after. The Betty Boop rose is unique and mimics our life by seemingly having a bloom fade away while at the same time, a new one is born. Having grown this rose and witnessed it's growing pattern, I think your 1st version conveys the "life" of this rose. The 1 without the buds is just another rose image - albeit a very lovely one - with none of the charm and story (or character) that is so very prevalent with this particular rose. But then, I'm a goof when it comes to roses! :) #8242160

Dale Hardin 12/23/2009 4:41:16 PM

It's so interesting to hear that others have heard of this rose. It was a gift and it grows like mad here in this climate. Is there another name for it? I've never seen any except the bush we have. #8242612

Joan E. Hoffman 12/23/2009 6:22:46 PM

For no particular reason... this is one of the very few shots of yours, that I am just not feeling Dale. Can't quite define why, however I will try. Your shots are rarely "still"... they are full of people, places, and interest. This is one of MY shots.... stagnant, and not of any interest. Hope you understand what I am saying because certainly not wanting to offend! #8242787

Dale Hardin 12/23/2009 11:42:01 PM

No offense taken Joan. My interest in this rose is because my wife (who's nickname is Booper) collected Betty Boop material long before it became fashionable.

Also I like it because it has beautiful colors and is very soft and not tightly wound like most roses. Also it is very difficult to get a flower image that is not "still". LOL But many are sooooo pretty. :o) #8243247

Joan E. Hoffman 12/24/2009 5:38:13 AM

LOL... I have taken many flower pics that weren't Still... dang wind! The rose is lovely I agree! Merry Christmas Eve to you, "Booper" and all your family! Thanks for all your help this past year in BP! I learned a lot! #8243641

Ellen H. Robertson 12/24/2009 6:37:45 AM

I like this. I like the first ones composition with the buds, I like the stroke because the bottom has an angle where the leaves are, and I like the the color and lesser find edges on the second.

Merry Christmas! #8243851

Dale Hardin 12/24/2009 8:32:27 AM

To Joan, Ellen and all the rest of my Phellos family, thank you and Merry
Christmas to you all! Your company and support have made this a year filled with great memories. #8244118

Dale Hardin 12/24/2009 8:38:57 AM

Just for fun I've decided to include the original shot right out of the camera, uncropped and unprocessed. This is the jpeg my camera produces along with the raw, which I've lost. #8244131

Debbie E. Payne 12/24/2009 8:47:09 AM

I like going back after I have made my own assessment to hear the "wrap-up". I think that is why I like the first shot, too, Dale. It is not just another pretty rose but it "tells a story" and has a theme about the stages of life that affect us all. I think that there can be a story in most images we create and showing a bit of that story adds even more life to that image.

And of course it has a bit of Christmas to it. There is an old song that is sung at Christmas called, "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming?" I am currently listening to Charlotte Church's version of that song. Merry Christmas to each and every one of you. I look forward to 2010 with my Phellos! #8244151

Aimee C. Eisaman 1/18/2010 2:57:16 PM

Congrats Dale...very cheery! :~) #8306566

Nancyj E. Hovey 1/18/2010 3:47:58 PM

on your wonderful FINALIST!!!

Photobucket #8307088

Joan E. Hoffman 1/18/2010 4:19:23 PM

WTG Dale... Congrats on your Betty Boop! #8307477

Anthony L. Mancuso 1/18/2010 4:55:23 PM

Congrats on the finalist Dale! #8307909

Rita K. Connell 1/18/2010 5:05:44 PM

congratulation its beautiful!!!! #8307974

Graham Robards 1/18/2010 5:36:52 PM

Excellent Dale. congratulations on your finalist! ~Pat #8308222

Jeff E Jensen 1/18/2010 6:54:50 PM

Congratulations Dale! #8309019

Debbie E. Payne 1/18/2010 8:30:01 PM

A big congratulations, Dale! This is lovely. #8309518

Bojan Bencic 1/18/2010 10:49:17 PM

Congratulations on your finalist, Dale. #8309929

Usman M. Bajwa 1/19/2010 2:36:58 AM

Gorgeous floral and colors, Dale. CONGRATZ on the FINALIST Award!

UB. #8310493

Christie R. Bielss 1/19/2010 5:01:00 AM

Congrats on the Finalist Dale! #8310935

Dale Hardin 1/19/2010 8:49:49 AM

Wow, thanks everyone. This came as a real surprise. #8311747

Teresa H. Hunt 1/19/2010 9:50:58 AM

Congrats on your Finalist Dale!! This one is very beautiful! #8311937

Dale Hardin 1/19/2010 9:57:20 AM

Thank you Teresa #8311944

Jeanine M. Bailey 1/19/2010 10:42:31 AM

Way to Go Dale!!! This is beautiful!! :) #8312055

Dale Hardin 1/19/2010 11:59:38 AM

Thanks Jeanine. Always cool to get one of these and always a surprise also. :o) #8312272

Eivor Kuchta 1/19/2010 12:45:11 PM

Wonderful clarity! Congratulations on your finalist, Dale! #8312387

Dale Hardin 1/19/2010 2:01:35 PM

Thank you Eivor. I had such a good time going through your gallery. My Dad is from Colorado and I've never had a chance to visit there. Would love to see some of the places you have captured so expertly. #8312597

Patrick Rouzes 1/19/2010 2:27:00 PM

CONGRATULATIONS on your incredible finalist, Dale! WTG ,my friend! #8312656

Dale Hardin 1/19/2010 4:26:43 PM

Thanks Patrick. I implore others reading this thread to check out Patrick's gallery and enjoy the finalists he rec'd plus all the other award winning shots. #8312948

Laura L. Gonzales 1/19/2010 10:54:34 PM

WOW!!! WTG Dale and congratulations on this real beauty!!! Great work!!!! Laura #8314343

Dale Hardin 1/20/2010 8:28:53 AM

Thanks so much Laura. I'm the one that should be saying WOW after seeing that wasp walking on water shot. Excellent capture, and you didn't even get stung. Very cool. #8315741

Esther R. Tinz 1/20/2010 1:41:07 PM

Lovely - Congratulations #8316395

Dale Hardin 1/20/2010 5:48:33 PM

Thank you Esther. #8317207

Dale Hardin 1/20/2010 5:48:55 PM

Thank you Esther. #8317208

Dale Hardin 1/20/2010 5:50:01 PM

ttt #8317215

isabel C. Zepeda 2/10/2010 10:56:53 AM


Congratulations in this wonderful photo.

Ysa... #8371784

Dale Hardin 2/10/2010 12:53:43 PM

Thanks so much Isabel #8371999

Ellen H. Robertson 2/10/2010 2:30:03 PM

Wonderful shot, well deserved!!!!!!! #8372188

Dale Hardin 2/10/2010 11:18:54 PM

Ellen, thank you very much. #8373019

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Exposure time: 1/80 F-stop: 4.8
ISO speed: 160

Exif: F Number: 4.8, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 10/800 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 160, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 71.50 mm, Model: DSC-R1

Uploaded on 12/21/2009 9:58:11 AM Photo Contest Finalist

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