Here are a few of my first successful floral photos. I have a lot more now on my Webshots Gallery.
I got started raising roses when I started working on Hortico's website. Since I've always loved photography and since the roses were so incredibly beautiful, I thought this would be a great combination... however, I've had trouble so far getting decent sharpness and color dynamic range on most of my shots. I just got two beautiful new roses and they are more forgiving for my camera it seems... I've gotten the first that have been at all worth scanning. Enjoy -- Jeff
(10/99) These first few are Belle Story (a David Austin rose). You can see why I had to buy this one when I first saw it blooming. The blossoms go through several very different styles or phases as they mature. The touch of yellow in the inside of the petals is neat too.
(10/99) The next one below is Jean Giono (Giona?). It's an intense yellow-orange with a red-orange interior. *Not* one of the delicate pastel colors... very bold. This one isn't shy about its' color at all ;-)
Both of these seem pretty hardy. Neither has gotten any black spot or mildew this summer (2000), even though it seems that it's rained about ever other day... and I haven't been spraying all that faithfully either.
Lastly is a gorgeous double or triple lily that we have a whole
bed of. Since Caroline's grandparents planted them, I have had no idea what they are,
but they have neat blossoms with the double, concentric sets of petals and darker
striping on the petals. Here's a larger close-up.
In my garden, they grow very easily and prolifically for me and they're
BTW, the National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens site has info on taking Flower pictures without Cameras, ie using your flatbed scanner to take pictures of them. Useful to know for those without digital cameras or who would like to experiment with a different technique. Some of the scan/photos shown are really pretty good, and lighting is more even than many camera photos achieve without complex lighting setups.
The guy at HelpMeFind Roses thought it was pretty funny that I got into roses as a result of working on Hortico's site... He considers it a new occupational hazard. They even added some of my photos on HelpMeFind and their database now lists Jeff Wilkinson's Rose Garden. I guess their entrance requirements for a "garden" aren't too high since my 1/2 dozen count ;-)