Nootka Rose

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We were doing some birding and I had my long lens on the camera when we came to an area with quite a few of these roses. The situation was such that I couldn’t get the distance to use the long lens, so I shot this with my cell phone. The depth of field ended up working very nicely with a little cleanup.

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I did do a bit of enhancement on the rose-too much?

Technical Details

Samsung S24 Ultra, f/2.4, 7.9 mm, iso 50, 1/310th sec. Processed in LR & PS CC. Background cleanup, crop and microcontrast adjustment in PS and a little color enhancement in LR. Taken at Cape Disappointment (about where William Clark spotted the Pacific).

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It is a beautiful little rose Dennis. Nice complementary colors with the bright pink on the clean greens. Great for a cell phone snap. I love what our cell phones can do these days.

Well that pops, doesn’t it? Who cares it’s a cell phone - it is cheerful and has a nice amount of detail and contrast. Not sure what you mean about enhancement other than maybe some saturation, which looks ok to me. Many of the wild roses in my neck of the woods are paler, but I sometimes see a deeply colored one. They should bloom here in a few weeks.

A bit of extra light in the center and some microcontrast boost in the entire bloom. Nothing much.

Gorgeous!! I love these wild roses – they are so tough and delicately beautiful at the same time. Very nice composition to emphasize the shape of the flower. Your cell phone (I would not have guessed) did a great job with just the right detail. No nits.

Dennis: Isn’t it great that our phones are pretty darn competent in the hands of someone who knows what he’s doing. Wonderful subject superbly captured and presented. >=))>