Working on My Flowers Catalog

May 06, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

This Rose

I am really enamored with this rose, Silver Jubilee.

Silver JubileeSilver JubileeThis pink and cream rose comes from the hybrid tea rose family. What a creamy delight.

I think it is a combination of the memories of visiting the Portland Rose Garden back in 2007 and the colors. Mostly the colors. The colors are so soothing and peaceful. Now the lighting is harsh, it was of course the middle of the day. And to be honest I am not as agnostic about harsh light as some landscape & nature photographers who swear by early morning or dusk light. Or they use a filter to take away some of the harshness. Well back in 2007 my filter game wasn't what it is today, so I used the tools I had on hand.

My First SLR

My handy, and first SLR camera, the Canon Elan 7ne is a film camera.

Canon Elan 7neCanon Elan 7neCanon's Single Lens Reflex (SLR) film camera is a high-amateur-class (auto focus) AF SLR camera. My first SLR camera.

I was so evangelistic about using film. I wanted to make sure the settings were perfect and was agonistic about doing much in post. I guess I was leaning more toward editorial photography back then. Of course now that has changed and I am more of an artistic photographer using the camera as a tool to execute an artistic vision. But back to my film camera. The limitation of the film camera I had was that after you take the shot you have to go by faith that it turns out as you saw it. With digital you can check immediately and then tweak the settings, clean the lens, etc. to make sure you get a tack sharp in focus image. So I carried with me a point and shoot digital camera, the Canon Powershot A520, my 2nd digital camera, but the first one with many features.

Canon PowerShot A520Canon PowerShot A520Compact digital camera with built-in flash and 4x Optical/3.6x Digital/14x Combined Zoom. 4.0 Megapixel CCD. Point and Shoot camera.

I loved this little camera, sadly it was destroyed during a trip to the USVI. A crewmate dropped it in the water. Anyway, I would take a picture with my digital camera, ensure the settings were optimal and then mimic the settings with my film camera. It wasn't optimal, but it helped me get my settings mostly correct.

Culling Decisions

Presently, I am going through my catalog of flowers. I have about 755 images. I will not be uploading all of those images to my website. My goal is to upload the best of the best. But to be honest, sometimes I just can't say no. I will flag an image as a reject, revisit and then unflag it. Argh, I need to make up my mind. I am making progress. I have the flowers sorted by color. I am currently working on red and orange flowers. The Silver Jubilee rose has notes of yellow, pink, orange and cream.

Silver JubileeSilver JubileeThis pink and cream rose comes from the hybrid tea rose family. What a creamy delight.

So, what do you think? Should I cull Silver Jubilee or keep? Please let me know in the comments below or tweet me  


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