Touch of Pink is one of those images that I had a plan for from the beginning. While I wasn't sure of the exact composition, I did know, based on where I was photographing the rose, what the final "look" of the image would be.
And the more I sat with this image and "got to know it" through the editing process, the more it evolved into a visual metaphor for a person.
Shooting Location - Garage as photo studio
You wouldn't think your garage could be used for a photo studio, but it can be! Our doors face east, so as the sun gets past noon, I'm in the shade. I can have the rose in even, somewhat bright light, with the interior of the garage being much darker than at the position of where the garage door comes down.
Of course it's a good idea to pull your car out first. :)
In the second photo, you can see the garage floor. I try to photograph at different depths of field (how much of the image is in focus), some shallow and some not. Just to give myself a range to look at. For Touch of Pink, I chose a shallow depth of field (where the background is even less in focus). I also didn't want the stem in total focus like in the second photo.
Evolution of the final image
I took many images of this rose. Many are of the entire rose. But I started framing the rose within the camera with part of it cut off, leaning the rose, so that it wasn't harshly split in half. This is a less common way of framing an image, and I really liked it for this rose.
The base image (what I'll call the original image) usually needs to be strong enough on it's own. I know some of you will prefer the "only mildly edited" version over my final image. And that's ok. It's art! But not my vision.
My vision involved some slight color changes and sheer layers of added "texture". There is more warmth to the final image than the original. And the colors are ever so slightly less colorful. Brown and pink are two colors that work very well together, so that drove part of my artistic decision.
The textures were chosen to add an "old world" kind of look. If you click on the image to make it larger, you will see in the browns a subtle texture, with both color and texture creating visual interest.
As a side note, I entered this image to our Minnesota State Fair. It's presented as a traditional print, matted and framed. As of this writing, I made it to the second phase of a two-phase jury process, the stage that a small percentage make it to. The second phase involves bringing the physical product to them for review, and the jury committee decides what art will be a part of the Fine Art Exhibit. While it's really cool to make it this far, I'll be honest, I'll be SO excited to make it into the exhibit. I'll keep you posted on how I do! (Update: I didn't get into the state fair's art exhibit. Next year!)
And finally, A Metaphor
The more I worked with the image, just like meeting someone at a cafe´ and chatting with them about their life, the more I envisioned this rose photograph as a metaphor for a person—the inner beauty revealed by the softly unfolding petals. The touch of pink in the green leaves a sign that there is beauty everywhere. (You just may not see it at first glance.) But as you can't see the entire rose, you may never know the whole person. Or will you?
Thank you so much for reading and sharing.
~Barb Kellogg, photographer, tea drinker, and dark chocolate lover