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The Color of Roses

Updated on July 7, 2015
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I enjoy photography and have been doing so professionally and independently for over 30 years. Hope you enjoy my hubs!

  • "Red Roses: If you want to say ‘I Love You’ then you should give red roses.
  • Dark Red Rose: This rose symbolizes rare, awestruck beauty.
  • Pink Roses: Used to express grace, dignity, and happiness.
  • White Roses: The White Rose represents purity and innocence, and to say – I am worthy of you.
  • Cream Roses: The cream rose is used most often in weddings and symbolizes young love.
  • Orange Roses: Show that special someone that they are desired and you are excited to see them by sending Orange Roses.
  • Coral Roses: Desire – pure wanting of that other person.
  • Yellow Roses: One of the best sentiments to show friendship, happiness, and the promise of a new beginning.
  • Gold Roses: These roses mean friendship and that you care.
  • Lavender Roses: Send these to that special someone you fall in love at first site with and are in a state of pure enchantment.
  • Purple Roses: These beautiful roses mean enchantment and magnetism, opulence and majesty.
  • Peach Roses: Show gratitude and simplicity and are the perfect way to say thank you."

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Roses rank among the most beautiful of flowers and they come in many different colors as well as many shades in between.

Up to date because of cross breeding, there are approximately 25 colors.

Remember that many of these colors are not naturally occurring and you may have to visist a flower shop for the most exotic varieties since growers may not carry non naturally colored varieties.

Try Not to use roses that have been dyed. Instead focus on the ones that have a natural coloration.

Using these colors and accompanying photos of each can make for a great photo book.

If you include the meaning associated with each color you will have plenty of material to create an e-book or calendar or a host of other photo inspired projects like submitting them to a botany or naturalist publication.

Gathering enough subjects should not be that difficult but for the more strange or exotic color variations you might need to look or research various suppliers.

Start by researching various plant nurseries around your region that have roses and just go and photograph as many different varieties as possible.

Many nurseries will not object to your picture taking , especially if you end up buying a couple of samples to take back home.

I have never been denied a photo ops when visiting any of the local nurseries where I live but I always end up buying at least one sample.

Since I have a garden I try to fill it with many plant varieties to attract insects and butterflies as well as other critters so that I can photograph them so visiting my local plant nursery is nothing new to me and they know me pretty well.

I make it a habit of letting the nursery owner know what it is that I am doing and always give them a few photo samples to use in the advertising.

Try doing the same if you are faced by an objectionable owner (rare but it can happen) when doing your picture taking.

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Although this can be done with found subjects you should try to capture some images in a studio setting.

This allows you to control the light so you can feature an interesting light pattern. You can also lightly spray the roses with water to get the "just picked" look.

Remember that in the studio the photo lights tend to get hot and will start to wilt your roses. So once you are set up work quickly.

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For studio shots you should have a sturdy table or other sturdy surface, a black card which serves as your backdrop, a tripod to stabilize the camera, a macro lens or filter, a mechanical shutter release to minimize the chances of creating movement since at these magnifications any small movement will show. Place two small lights; one of each side of the subject and you are ready to begin.

Apart from this set up there is nothing more needed. Take close ups and fill the frame with the roses or roses but one specimen at a time works better. Also handy is a spray bottle with water. Lightly spray the flower to capture the water drops as they sit on the rose's petals.

For field work a telephoto works best because it allows to isolate single specimens by using a large f-stop and if your subject is in a remote or hard to get location, it makes it easier to capture the images from a safe distance.

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      Luis E Gonzalez 2 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Stacie L: Thanks. I still shoot film (positives) but I just bought (after all these years) my first digital and will soon start posting my own.

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      Stacie L 2 years ago

      Another favorite photo hub Louis.Why not include some of your own?