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This image is one I made in July when the roses were in their glory, and bees were everywhere at the Municipal Rose Garden in San Jose, CA.

Peek a Boo

Nikon Df| AF-D Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 micro lens| Hoodman STEEL Ultra High Speed Digital Film| Tripod

More to come…

In the Rose Garden

The roses are at peak right now. I spent a little while making macro images before it got too hot this morning.

My rig with my macro rail and two images in the garden using my cell phone.
More to come…

Addendum: I have given the links to the 4-Way Macro Rail, Quick Release Plate, and Quick Release Clamp on an earlier blog post here.  I am not an affiliate of any of the Vendors I have links to. I provided the links for reference, and to share the information of what I’m using.


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UnfoldingI went on quick walk about in the neighborhood this morning with the Lensbaby Composer Pro and Macro converters, but didn’t stay out long because the wind picked up making it really hard to shoot the flowers.

This Bud didn’t take much post development. In ACR I used the lens correction filter, camera color settings filter, and moved it to CS6 to Nik Suite’s Viveza 2 where I applied some structure to the center of the rose and inside pedal then added a darken vignette around the edge of the image using Nik’s Color Efex Pro 4.  That’s it! Obtaining the dreamy look is just about effortless with this lens. I love that!

I also bought the Soft Focus Optic that I hope to get to play with today.

Nikon D700} LensBaby Composer Pro w/Double Glass Optic w/16mm and 8mm macro converters| f2.8| ISO 400| Hand-held


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Roses by George Eliot

You love the roses – so do I. I wish
The sky would rain down roses, as they rain
From off the shaken bush. Why will it not?
Then all the valley would be pink and white
And soft to tread on. They would fall as light
As feathers, smelling sweet; and it would be
Like sleeping and like waking, all at once!

Rose Soft PinkI added a Hoya Softener(B) filter to my macro lens to give this Rose a dreamy look.

Rose Pink VariegatedThe side morning light on this variegated pink rose I thought was really nice. I love white picket fences. Don’t you?

White RoseThis rose-bush was huge and had big clusters of white roses slightly tinged with pink.


I found the majority of Roses in my neighborhood just about done. Is it me or did they have their season early this year?

Nikon Df| AF Nikkor 105mm f/2.8D micro| Hand-held

Hoya Softener(B) filter| Nik Viveza 2| Nik Color Efex Pro 4| CS6