Diabetic retinopathy is an eye-related pathology creating abnormalities and causing visual impairment, proper treatment of which requires identifying irregularities. This research uses a hemorrhage detection method and compares the classification of conventional and deep features. Especially, the method identifies hemorrhage connected with blood vessels or residing at the retinal border and was reported challenging. Initially, adaptive brightness adjustment and contrast enhancement rectify degraded images. Prospective locations of hemorrhages are estimated by a Gaussian matched filter, entropy thresholding, and morphological operation. Hemorrhages are segmented by a novel technique based on the regional variance of intensities. Features are then extracted by conventional methods and deep models for training support vector machines and the results are evaluated. Evaluation metrics for each model are promising, but findings suggest that comparatively, deep models are more effective than conventional features.