Try, try again...

I took some really gloomy rainy day photos, but there have been too many cold rainy days lately to come up with a creative angle. It was tempting to post a filler, but then I decided to experiment with some low key photos at night. This is a white rose from the bouquet my daughter Melissa bought me for my birthday. I'd like to experiment further with this technique.
What do you mean by low key? I think this is a beautiful picture - the light is just coming from a good place!
posted June 14th, 2012  
very nice! perfect lighting
posted June 14th, 2012  
I love B&W photos of roses. You've captured this one very well. Perfect lighting.
posted June 14th, 2012  
Love the lighting! It really brings out the details and textures in the petals.
posted June 14th, 2012  
LH, the black background, the white petals, and the light are all so spot on. I will need a low light tutorial please! FAV for me! :-)
posted June 14th, 2012  
Beautiful black and white! Great details and textures!
posted June 14th, 2012  
Fabulous low key B and W shot. Love the contrast and crispness.
posted June 14th, 2012  
MAgnificent!
posted June 14th, 2012  
beautiful black and white shot
posted June 14th, 2012  
You did well Laurie. This turned out quite nice. Good lighting
posted June 14th, 2012  
very very pretty, love the light, the dark background and processing xxx
posted June 14th, 2012  
I agree that the lighting is wonderful. I love the detail in the petals. So pretty in b&w!
posted June 14th, 2012  
Great experimenting! Like the contrast of the rose to its surroundings.
posted June 14th, 2012  
Really well done! Perfect light and detail - very graceful.
posted June 14th, 2012  
@lorihiro Thank you, LH! It was actually pretty simple with the rose. I tried it with people last week with much less luck. All I did was put the rose in a separate vase on my dining room table and then I propped a small spotlight that I sometimes use for work food shots up on a container of bird seed so it was level with the rose. Then I turned out all the lights in the room and started shooting. I used the auto settings, so it was pretty easy peasy.
posted June 14th, 2012  
I'd say you did a great job with focus! Love it!
posted June 15th, 2012  
well done!
posted June 15th, 2012  
Beautiful, Laurie. What a great make-shift technique you've come up with. Your focus on the petals really draws out the details of the rose. Fav for being very special.
posted June 15th, 2012  
Beautiful result, it`s worth the trouble and try
posted June 15th, 2012  
Amazing, looks like a shot someone would have in their wedding album.
posted June 16th, 2012  
Very pretty. The delicate detail on the petals is beautiful. Great technique.
posted June 16th, 2012  
Very nice, Gorgeous in b&w.
posted June 16th, 2012  
great job, lovely shot!
posted June 17th, 2012  
Another winner!! Great image!!
posted June 17th, 2012  
I have no idea what low key photos are but this is really beautiful.
posted June 18th, 2012  
stunningly beautiful...perfection...
posted June 18th, 2012  
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