The perfect rose?

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Sometimes, despite low light conditions and a shady rainy British summer evening sky, the perfect picture is made. This one is from a photo project idea I had to pick ‘A dozen roses’ from the front garden. It was delivered perfect from the camera on an ISO of 1600 and required no image manipulation (although I did up the contrast slightly). The bloom itself is from a David Austin rose called Abraham Darby – whose namesake, oddly, was a Quaker stalwart of the Industrial Revolution who produced ‘pig iron in a blast furnace fuelled by coke rather than charcoal’ (source: Wikipedia). From a grim industrial past comes true beauty. Here’s the full bouquet of my 12 roses.