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Friday Slide Show: The Rose Garden Share This on LinkedIn   Tweet This   Forward This

21 May 2021

We may never have promised you a rose garden, but when we returned to the Golden Gate Park Rose Garden this week, we decided to devote ourselves to just that. It's May, the roses are in bloom and we couldn't resist.

There were probably two dozen people in the Rose Garden with us but we were the only ones shooting with an ILC (interchangeable lens camera). Everyone else was trying to capture the fleeing beauty with a smartphone.

Computational photography (not to mention hardware advances like multiple lenses) has gone a long way in minimizing the limitations of iphonography. But they haven't been eliminated. Just trying to see the composition on the screen in bright sunlight was an obstacle for them.

It's May, the roses are in bloom and we couldn't resist.

We had the advantage of an EVF (electronic viewfinder) so we could peer into the little port to compose and confirm our compositions.

But we couldn't confirm the tonal or color capture on that EVF. Those two aspects remain a bit abbreviated on our unit.

So it wasn't until we got home that we could appreciate the captures the little Olympus had managed. And they were glorious.

Our Lightroom edits dealt primarily with wringing out detail in the highlights. We improved a few crops, too. Texture, Clarity and Dehaze all contributed with Highlights for the first.

They reminded us of our Dahlia shots, which we really enjoy editing every year (except the pandemic year 2020, of course), no matter what we shot them with.

And yet they are not Dahlias. They are roses. Ahem, Roses.

The Rose Garden inscribes the name of each variety (oh, there are a lot of them) either on a small placard or on the cement border to the bed. But we spent our time shooting the roses, not their names.

After all, a rose by any name would pose prettily.

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