Recently I was digging through my catalog of photos via lightroom looking for a specific series of photos for this blog. I soon realized that my current catalog only contained about a fraction of my entire digital photo collection that I’ve amassed in the last eight years. After combing through my other hard drives I quickly began to understand that I was basically looking at roughly 180,000 shots spread across four cameras. In the past few years I have learned to rate my photos, but even at that it is very hard to keep track of everything. I found the series of photos I was looking for, but I also found the shot above of Rachael sitting in a cherry tree in full bloom. It was taken about three years ago. I remember it being very overcast that day and not being happy about the way the shots turned out. I look at those photos now and realize that I now have the knowledge to properly fix things like color and white balance to the point that I am happy with the photo. I am grateful that I save most of my shots and that I only shoot in raw. Without this there is no way that I could have fixed those shots the way I wanted. I’m not saying Jpeg is wrong, as there are a lot of pros out there who shoot in that format, but the latitude that raw affords you certainly goes a long way. At the risk of sounding like a hoarder, I am glad that I do save most of my photos. Some things you may have dismissed in the past can be worth a second look.
Canon 40D, EF 35 1.4 L, ISO 160, 1/250 @ f/3.5