Golden rose by Celeste Mookherjee

Captured on a drizzly morning in the rose garden, this is “Honey Perfume” (floribunda), an All-America Rose Selections Winner for 2004. I set the background to black and white to further emphasize the beautiful golden color of this lovely rose (done with layers and masking). I created this image for a RedBubble challenge, and I love that the challenges occasionally set me in a different direction from my usual. (Olympus E-5 & Zuiko 35mm macro, f/13, 1/100 sec., ISO 320, overcast/rainy, handheld)

RedBubble Explore – Featured Photography (October 2013)

Winner of “Avatar/Golden Peace" challenge in Assorted Flowers & More group (January 2015)
Top 10 (2nd Place) in “Yellow Rose & Teardrops/Avatar” challenge in Enchanted Flowers group (July 2013)
Top 10 (3rd Place) in “Your Best Yellow Rose” challenge in Roses Grow on You group (May 2013)
Top 10 (2nd Place tie) in “Yellow Rose(s)” challenge in A Bunch of Yellow group (April 2013)
Winner of “Selective Color Roses” challenge in Roses Grow on You group (July 2012)

Featured in Colour Splash (18 November 2014)
Featured in Selective Coloring (5 August 2012)

Passionate about photography, especially nature subjects!

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  • Dlouise
    Dlouiseover 2 years ago

    Very pretty Celeste!!

  • Thank you! I really had fun working on the selective color for this.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Teresa Pople
    Teresa Popleover 2 years ago

    Such a beautiful colour . . .wonderful detail and the b/w background really emphasises the perfect colour of the rose . . .beautiful Celeste . . .x

  • Thanks very much, Teresa! I searched my archives to find a rose that would work well in selective color.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devineover 2 years ago

    This is perfection. It was inspired to grey the background for this sets of that glorious yellow perfectly.

  • Thank you for such a lovely comment, Bette! I was on a mission to prepare something for a selective color challenge. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Anita Pollak
    Anita Pollakover 2 years ago

    Oh, this is lovely, Celeste! Wonderful color and detail, and what a great idea to make the background black – it really brings out the beautiful color of the rose!

  • Thanks very much, Anita! I had my challenge potentials down to three, and this one looked best with the selective color treatment. Had it not been for the challenge, I doubt I would have thought to try selective color on this image. I like that challenges sometimes make us stretch.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Sandra Fortier
    Sandra Fortierover 2 years ago

    So very lovely Celeste. Beautiful color and a great background to set it off.

  • Thank you very much, Sandra! I was actually surprised at at how well selective coloring worked to enhance this image.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • EbyArts
    EbyArtsover 2 years ago

    The perfect rose, Celeste!!!! Love the peachy color agains the black background.

  • Thank you, Eby! The rose is actually more vibrant against the b&w than in the original against green leaves.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Albert
    Albertover 2 years ago

    Great work and a fave.

  • Many thanks, Albert, for your wonderful comment and fave!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonover 2 years ago

    Wow, this is gorgeous, love the color and droplets.

  • Rosalie. thanks so much for your lovely comment!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 2 years ago


  • Thank you very much, Julie!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • lensbaby
    lensbabyover 2 years ago

    Wow! This is so exquisite!!! I love golden roses!!!
    Congratulations on your challenge win!!!

  • Thank you very much for your lovely comment!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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