Tinted Rose with Textured Background by Anita Pollak

Tinted Rose with Textured Background by 

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I recently attended a macro workshop focused on the use of flash in macro photography. I shot this pink rose indoors with some window light and two Nikon SB-R200 speedlights mounted on my Nikon 105mm f/2.8 micro lens. The background was a photo of a sky that I liked when I took the shot but not when I looked at it up close in Lightroom. That’s when I decided to colorize the image add the textures.

I used Nik Color Efex Pro 4 Colorize and Darken/Lighten Center, and the textures are Purple Grunge and Smokhouse from French Kiss Textures.

Top Ten First Image Submitted to Roses Grow on You Challenge (May 1, 2013)

Top Ten Lovely Lavender Avatar Challenge (April 10, 2013)

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Top 10 in Stop and Smell the Roses Voucher Challenge (February 3, 2013)

Top 10 in The Absolute Clarity Roses Challenge (January 8, 2013)

Featured in Lovely Lavender (January 8, 2013)

Featured in The Group (December 20, 2012)

Featured in Artists Universe (July 12, 2012)

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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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  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...almost 3 years ago

    Just as delicate and pretty as can be, and such a lovely color blend! I’m trying to picture your rig with two speedlights – on a bracket of some kind, I would guess. Kudos for working to increase your skills.

  • Thank you so much for your kind comments and encouragement, Celeste! The speedlights are part of the Nikon R1 system – they attach to an adapter ring on the lens as, pictured here. I am still learning how to use these lights effectively and I want to try them outdoors as well. The only problem is the rig gets heavy fast, and I’m having some shoulder issues, so I’ll probably have to wait before I play with them again!

    – Anita Pollak

  • EdsMum
    EdsMumalmost 3 years ago

    Congratulations, 23/6/2012…Shirley

  • Thank you so much for the feature, Shirley!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Robyn Selem
    Robyn Selemalmost 3 years ago

    Very nice touch Anita. I’ve never been keen on flash in macro work however you have certainly proven me wrong. Maybe I need to attend a macro workshop????

  • Thank you so much for your kind words, Robyn. I wasn’t big on flash in macro work before I took this workshop, but now I see many possibilities, especially in low-light situations where I can’t use a tripod. It takes some practice (as least for me!) to get the right balance between flash and ambient light, but I’m hoping to try some more flash shots this summer.

    – Anita Pollak

  • alan tunnicliffe
    alan tunnicliffealmost 3 years ago

    how beautiful this is

  • Thank you so much, Alan!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Leslie Nicole
    Leslie Nicolealmost 3 years ago

    Lovely! xx

  • Thank you so much, Leslie!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devinealmost 3 years ago

    This is unlike any rose photo that I have seen and very,very beautiful. I love those analagous colours!

  • What a lovely comment – thank you so much, Bette!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Sandra Foster
    Sandra Fosteralmost 3 years ago

    Very pretty Anita!

  • Thank you so much, Sandra!

    – Anita Pollak

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignalmost 3 years ago

    Thank you for adding your work to The Best of RedBubble!

  • Thank you so much, rocamiadesign!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Enri-Art
    Enri-Artalmost 3 years ago


  • Thank you so much, Enri-Art!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Thank you so much, Enri-Art!

    – Anita Pollak

  • Vicki Spindler (VHS Photography)
    Vicki Spindler...almost 3 years ago


  • Thanks Vicki! I won’t delete it this time!

    – Anita Pollak

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