The roses are busting out all over this week. This hand-held shot of a rose in my “side” yard looks like a studio deal, but no, it’s the real deal. Shadows help the drama of the petals. The black background is simply the result of a macro setting in low light. I had no idea the photo would look like this when I pushed the shutter. As a photography instructor once told me: “take a lot of photos—one of them might surprise you.” Lesson learned.