Summer brings many blooms and blossoms and Portland’s Rose Garden is exception. First recommendation is to go shooting either early in the day or late afternoon. Second, take a reflector to provide shade cover to reduce the summer’s harsh sunlight.
I like to expose for the highlights. This helps saturate the colors and reduce the background clutter. Sometimes including a bit of the surrounding leaves can help by adding an accent to the subject flower.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with black & white processing too. The B&W tones can add a fresh look to an old friend.
Try compositions that include foreground & background colors. In this shot I captured the sun spotlight on the center of the rose and some very interesting colors for the foreground & background.
For more samples you can check them out here… http://www.craigaclark.com/Flowers/Rose-Garden-May-2015