In 2003, I was still using my Canon Elan IIe and slide film. Here are a dozen photos of roses I took over the course of that summer.
I had only come to realize I had an eye for floral photography the year before, so I spent a lot of time at the local rose garden. I was still a bit stingy with my shots, though, not willing to experiment. Not willing to waste film and processing.
Looking back, I have to admit I didn’t start to really grow as a photographer until I switched to digital. Once there were no additional costs involved for those experimental shots, I took risks I’d never have done with film. Yeah, I deleted a lot of crappy images. But I learned a lot, too.
One of the things I miss from my days of shooting slide film is the dark, dramatic blurred backgrounds like you see in most of these photos. The image sensors of the digital cameras manage to capture more of the light and details behind the subject.
That isn’t a bad thing per se, but I don’t think my digitally captured flower photos have as much dramatic flair as the slide film photos.