The rose bushes in my front garden ain’t nuthin’ to write RB about, but they are decades old and thus are fragrant beyond belief. Occasionally I risk the barbs on their trunks to squeeze my arms, hands and camera through to take a pitcha or two whenever a struggling bloom flowers. As can be seen from the dew, this image was taken in the early morning. It was Christmas Eve 2008. It was shot in RAW, and I’ve only just today converted it. In the process of doing so I applied linear contrast, which had the effect of darkening the background without impacting the visual tone of the flower itself. Pretty amazing for a shot outside on a summer’s morning! RAW power, so to speak. I think this was also the last time I used a kit lens on my (then) newly acquired Canon EOS 5D Mark II. In this instance a 28-90mm f4-5.6 plastic fantastic zoom, which is now in a drawer somewhere. Shot at 90mm, ISO 1250, f13 at 1/100 second, manual focus (the auto focus is stuffed). I uploaded this pitcha mainly so as to have something cutesy for a card for me Mum’s birthday. I resisted the temptation to convert it to mono and go all evil and dark on it.