Heart of a Rose
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - March 6, 2011

I took this close-up of a rose in a vase on our kitchen island. My wife was given roses at my friend Janice’s Birthday bash. As I passed by, I noticed the perfection of this particular bud. When I shoot closeups like this, I light them with off-camera flash. It freezes motion so I don’t need a tripod (they really slow me down). Also, I can control the direction of the light, as I did in this shot. The sharp, directional light really emphasises the texture.

The year before, on this date, I sent out this photograph, Heart of Rinoculous.