it was my birthday and all it did was rain, until late in the day when the sun came out and I got the gift of raindrops all over the garden, especially on our new rose bush.

This is a knockout rose, so beautiful even before the rain, but even more so after. I played with many different treatments, mainly in OnOne Perfect Effects. I have fallen in love with PE presets – they are so easy to customize, and if you use them on a Photoshop Smart Object layer, you can (and I do) always go back and tweak.

This preset is called Pastel Grunge and it’s part of a set from Photomorphis called Fine Art Presets.

I finished it off with a touch of Nik Color Efex 4 Darken/Lighten Center.

Nikon D700 with Nikon 105mm micro lens

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I am a photographer living in Massachusetts and my passion is flowers. I take the time to reveal the special beauty of each flower and I hope that comes through as you look at my work.

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  • autumnwind
    autumnwind9 months ago

    It’s so gorgeous Anita, Happy Birthday!!! Mine is Sunday, we are very close! What a beautiful memory of your special day!!! : ))))
    Tons of birthday hugs, shar xoxoxoxxoxxoxoxoxoxoox♥

  • Wow, that was quick, – thank you so much, Shar! My birthday was actually June 5 but it took me this long to get the look I wanted. I’m clearly not built for speed!

    I hope you have a wonderful birthday – do you have special plans?

    Tons of birthday hugs right back to you, Anita

    – Anita Pollak

  • Cynthia Harris
    Cynthia Harris9 months ago

    Nice work Anita – I hadn’t heard of that software before, so just had a little scout about on their website. And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

  • Thank you so much for your delightful comments and the birthday wishes, Cynthia! There is a free version of Perfect Effects here if you want to play with it, and I’m sure there’s also a free trial of the whole suite as well.

    – Anita Pollak

  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...9 months ago

    A standout beauty of a rose in perfect light and beautifully adorned with raindrops! A birthday treat for sure. :)

  • Thank you so much for your delightful comments and the fave, Celeste! Your beautiful and magical raindrop-adorned roses are my inspiration!

    Welcome back!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Christina Brundage
    Christina Brun...9 months ago

    A beautiful image, Anita. The raindrops add so much to the picture. We have a lot of knockout roses here too.

  • Thank you so much for your kind comments, Christina. We used to have several knockout rose bushes, but unfortunately they didn’t make it. It’s such a treat to have a rose bush again!

    – Anita Pollak

  • lorilee
    lorilee9 months ago


  • Thank you so much for your kind comments and the fave, Lorilee!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarus9 months ago

    Super fantastic work!!
    Deb, your host
    June 22, 2014

  • Thank you so much for the feature, Deb – I really appreciate it!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Sandra Fortier
    Sandra Fortier9 months ago

    So fresh and lovely Anita…a beautiful birthday gift! My birthday was June 20.

  • Thank you so much for your delightful comments, Sandra, and Happy Birthday! I hope you had a great day!

    – Anita Pollak

  • andy551
    andy5519 months ago

    Magnificent view and WORK,

  • Thank you so much for your kind comments and the fave, Andy!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Leslie van de Ligt
    Leslie van de ...8 months ago

    Congratulations on your well deserved Zinger Feature
    Great Capture!! June 27, 2014

  • Thank you so much for the feature, Leslie – I really appreciate it!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...8 months ago

    Happy to see this beauty receiving features – so well deserved. :)

  • Oh, you are so kind, Celeste – thank you so much!

    – Anita Pollak

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