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The roses of Billong Street

Imagine an entire street of rose gardens! You will find one on Billong Street, near Mosman Bay on the north side of Sydney Harbour. According to the plaque below, “This rose garden was established in 1993 by local resident Mark McGuire. The remarkable floral display from October to April attracts visitors from all over Sydney.”

The Roses of Billong Street

The Roses of Billong Street

There are about 400 bushes including 80 varieties of roses. Here is a very small selection!

If you’re in or around Sydney, don’t miss this display. Click here for a map link.

October’s Garden Challenge theme is Favourite Gardens.


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Winter Garden 1 – my patio

tulips in snow

Okay, I admit it — this is staged. I thought the punch of the tulips’ colours would look good in this photo of my patio and communal lawn in winter, so I brought the vase outside.

Gardens in Winter. Well, that poses a definite challenge for me (thanks Jude!). I was not even semi-seriously interested in photography until a couple of years ago, long after I moved to Australia — and although we have a winter of sorts in Sydney, to me (having lived in Canada until I was 29) winter means snow, and serious cold. What I’m getting at is that my “gardens in winter” photos date to the small span of years that matched me living in London and owning a digital camera. So, here are a few shots of my patio in London, in the winter of 2007.

Brave yellow mini rose after a January snowfall.

Brave yellow mini rose after a January snowfall. (You’ll see this rose again in March for the Wildlife theme!)

Rosehips in January.

Rosehips in January.


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One Four: Roses 4

Roses 4 - adjust hue, saturation and luminance colours.

Roses 4 – adjust hue, saturation and luminance colours.

And here is my final, week 4 edit of my roses photo for July’s One Four Challenge. In this edit, the monochrome plus pink look was achieved by adjusting the hue, saturation and luminance colours of the original. Speaking of which … this is the image on which I made the edits:

The original photo of roses in Central Park, New York City.

The original photo of roses in Central Park, New York City.

As a refresh, here are all four edits to compare — and to help you vote for your fave!

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Thanks must be once more given to Robyn for hosting and organising this challenge. It’s a great way to learn new skills and get new ideas. For me, this around it was all about colour!

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One Four: Roses 2

Roses 2: colour replace, shadows & highlights, whites plus poster edges.

Roses 2: colour replace, shadows & highlights, whites plus poster edges.

For my Week 2 edits of my rose photo for the One Four Challenge, I started with the image from Week 1. In my quest to get closer to the look of the original photo, this time I played around with replacing colour so that the flowers are pink and the leaves green. Then I adjusted the shadows, highlights and whites, losing the x-ray look of Week 1 and bringing indistinct shapes into the background. To finish off, a touch of poster edges to give a non-photo look.

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One Four: Roses 1

Roses 1: invert and luminance noise reduction.

Roses 1: invert and luminance noise reduction.

I think it’s time I had a go at Robyn’s very cool One Four Challenge again. My first entry, in November last year, used a poolside photo; this time I’ve gone for a photo of roses that I took in New York’s Central Park in May this year. My first edit is dramatic, but simple: colour inversion followed by a 50% reduction in luminance noise to give that silky look. My plan is to bring the image closer to the original each week. But we all know what happens to plans!