Monday, May 11, 2015

The sage is blooming

Our backyard sage is in flower now. The deep blue flowers are always a welcome sight in spring, but they fade too fast. I wish they'd last longer. But then we have the sage's cousin, the lavender, to look forward to.

Sage in the back yard. The quality of this image is closer to what I'm aiming for.

I took this photo in raw format yesterday. My camera allows me to take raw and JPG images simultaneously, so I can compare the two formats easily. After some experimenting, I'm not sure I can see significant advantages with the raw photos. In some cases, the raw file resulted in a better quality image, but not in all cases. I certainly need more experience processing raw files, and I'm using an older version of Photoshop at the moment (I have not yet downloaded Lightroom).

Thanks for all of your kind words of encouragement. I'm not fundamentally unhappy with my pictures, I just want more successes than failures. I don't share the bad ones here, of course (and there are many), but that's normal. There are so many variables to consider: lenses, lighting conditions, my choices for settings, etc. I have used the camera's "auto" mode as well, just to see if the camera's choices make better images than my choices. They don't (so that's encouraging). Onward!


  1. This photo is great! I bought a new lavender and it's blooming right now. I hope it likes our hot humid summers.

  2. Comparer raw et jpeg, c'est comme comparer un morceau de viande crue acheté chez le boucher et un plat cuisiné "standard" optimisé pour plaire au plus grand nombre. Si vous êtes bon cuisinier, vous pouvez certainement faire mieux que le plat standard à partir de votre viande crue. Mais si vous êtes débutant en cuisine, vous pouvez aussi faire moins bien :-).

    1. Et maintenant, je suis obligé de réapprendre à cuisiner !

  3. Walt,
    Sage blooming already? I love sage but mine doesn't bloom until late this summer.


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