Final Bloom of the Season
I picked this bloom last week. It is the final bloom from a special rose bush in our yard. This variety was my mother's favorite and the bush came from their home, after dad passed away. I've also taken this opportunity to do some experimenting with photography. I took some family photos the other day for friends. I rented a new lens for the task. It is a 24-70 f2.8 and is great for portrait work. I really like this lens and hope to own one in the future. Recently, I did purchase the latest version of PhotoShop Elements (version 12 to be specific). I shot this image in camera raw and Elements will allow me to open the raw files and work on them. I don't understand everything about the meaning of "camera raw", I just know that the files are larger, so they contain more information than the typical jpeg file that most images are captured in. At any rate, I'm pretty sure that this feature will keep me entertained for some time to come. I will say this, unless you plan to print pretty large photos or you intend to turn your hobby into a profession, I'm not convinced that camera raw is necessary. If you only post your images on the web, I can almost guarantee that you don't need to be in camera raw. Right now, I am on the fence as to whether or not I need to be in camera raw. One thing for certain, I'm going to need bigger SD cards if I continue to shoot in this mode.